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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