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Emmy Rossum is Self Magazine’s February 2013 Cover Girl (Photo Gallery)

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Emmy Rossum in Self Magazine

Emmy Rossum looks lovely on the cover of Self magazine’s February 2013 issue. Inside, the actress spoke about working hard and having fun.

The gorgeous “Shameless” star keeps her svelte figure by lifting weights. She explained, “When I want to drop weight quickly, I cut back on my cardio and do a lot of weights instead. It’s counterintuitive, because you would think, I should stay on the treadmill for five hours. I also cut out all fruit and eat a lot of protein and vegetables. My go-to moves are walking lunges, leg raises and my favorite: four sets of 15 ballet pliés, holding 8-pound weights.”

That doesn’t mean she’s tough on herself though. “When I was filming ‘Beautiful Creatures,’ I ate 1,500 calories a day. Nutritionist Carrie Wiatt sent me meals from L.A. But I also gave myself two cheat days a week. I’d eat a steak and fries, an ice cream sundae and then go to Pinkberry. Of course, then I’d wake up the next morning and go, ‘Oh, great, I’m eating one poached egg and a green apple. Shoot me in the face.’ But it was totally worth it. Now I can gain back those 6 pounds that I had lost to do the movie.”

Read more in the latest issue of Self, available now.

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