Elizabeth Banks On Staying Fit: Portion Control Is a ‘Real Problem’

08/05/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks
Courtesy Women’s Health

At age 39, how does Elizabeth Banks have the body of a 22-year-old?

The actress manages her eating habits like a pro, telling Women’s Health, simply, “People ask me how I stay thin, and I’m like, ‘When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies.’ ” When she does splurge on sweet treats: “[The freezer] is where my Girl Scout cookies are,” she shares, adding that the prime location allows her to forget about them most of the time.

But when it’s time to prepare for a role, the Walk of Shame star ditches all things white.

“It’s essentially a gluten-free diet: no rice, no bread, no pasta,” Banks explains. “I’ll eat tons of protein and veggies. Also, I just drink water and tea … and alcohol.”

Elizabeth Banks
Courtesy Women’s Health

“Portion control is a real problem,” Banks says. “My husband and I always split one appetizer and one entree. I’m sure waiters hate us.”

One meal on her must list?

“Who doesn’t love meatloaf?” she muses. “My father always made an amazing meatloaf, and I’ve inherited his skill. Leftover meatloaf in a sandwich? Come on!”

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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