The One Reason Hilary Duff Swapped Cardio for Weights After Giving Birth to Her Daughter

Hilary Duff stays away from cardio these days. 

The 32-year-old actress who is currently working on a Disney+ reboot of the Disney Channel original series, Lizzie McGuire, changed her approach to fitness after giving birth to her and fiancé Matthew Koma’s daughter, Banks, in Oct. 2018. Continue reading to learn why Duff ditched cardio for weights. 

Hilary Duff has ‘never felt so strong but lean’

The Younger actress — Duff’s starred in the TV Land series since 2015 opposite Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster — admitted during a Dec. 2019 interview with Women’s Health, she had been hesitant to start lifting weights because she didn’t want too “bulk up.” 

Hilary Duff on May 30, 2019
Hilary Duff on May 30, 2019 | VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

“I was thinking I don’t need to do heavy weights because if I do heavy weights I’ll bulk up,” she told the publication. “I tend to build muscle fast.”

But now her outlook has completely changed. When she goes to the gym, Duff goes straight for the weights. “I’m lifting and squatting and using a barbell with lots of weight on it, and I’ve never felt so strong but lean,” Duff explained.

Cardio made her tired and hungry

Why did Duff end her cardio workouts for good? Because they often made her tired and hungry. Not to mention, her lifestyle’s changed. 

With the birth of her daughter, she’s now a mother of two — the actress has a seven-year-old son, Luca, with her ex-husband, NHL player Mike Comrie — and has an even busier schedule which means she has to make her time in the gym count. 

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For her, that means using weights. “This is such a different, more efficient way of working out,” she told the publication of her overhauled fitness routine. 

Duff still drinks wine and eats chocolate

Besides making weights her go-to in the gym, Duff switched up her eating habits by hiring a flexible dieting coach who counts her macros, or macronutrients, e.g. carbs, proteins, and the like. 

“He [her flexible dieting coach] basically counts your macros for you—and it’s been amazing because it’s basically like a mathematical equation that I just follow, and it’s been really successful for me,” Duff said. 

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Switching to this method, Duff learned just how much she’d been eating.

“I had no idea how much I was eating throughout the day, snacking,” she said. “I lost 10 pounds and I was not starving myself, and just eating things that I like and being more conscious.”

Yes, menus for her still include some of her favorite things such as wine and chocolate-covered almonds. Sticking to the formula means she doesn’t have to steer clear of specific foods, which she says only makes her want them more. 

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“I’m the first person to be like, ‘I hate when you tell me what to do.’ The second someone tells me ‘You can’t have wine,’ I’m like, ‘I want all the wine,’” Duff explained. “It’s been cool to retrain my mind and figure out that this works. I can eat normally and live normally and enjoy food, but still get the results I’m looking for.”

When she’s not with her family or on a TV set, Duff just might be recording new music. In a Dec. 2019 Instagram post, she shared a picture of her and Koma in a recording studio.