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Julia Roberts: How she keeps her youthful body

Kate Porter

Published 22/04/2012 | 06:00

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Julia Roberts (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Recently papped looking lean in a bikini, Julia Roberts is proof that you can still look hot in your 40s. Kate Porter discovers how the actress keeps her youthful body

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She plays the evil queen desperate to keep her youthful looks in 'Mirror Mirror', but Julia Roberts has shown she has no problem staying a pretty woman.

The Hollywood star is proof that being in your 40s needn't mean turning dowdy.

Along with stars such as Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman, she's ageing gracefully and looking hotter with each passing year.

"Getting older to me is nice," she has said of passing her big milestone. "You are released from certain concepts."

The 44-year-old star has recently been pictured frolicking in the Hawaiian surf in a bikini, while on a family holiday, and is clearly holding back the years with ease.

Mum-of-three Julia credits a simple regime of Pilates, water workouts and healthy eating for her fab physique -- whatever her secret, it's working!

So how exactly does she do it?

Insider appetite

To stay in shape, Julia enlisted the advice of nutritionist Carrie Wiatt. Dubbed the Queen of Lean, Carrie is the head of food delivery company Diet Designs and author of 'Eating by Design'.

She and Julia have worked together for years.

"I played a role that required I lose considerable weight," Julia says of their first experience together.

"Carrie helped me lose over 43 pounds quickly, safely, and with a minimum loss of sanity with her common sense-approach diet."

Though she didn't need to shed pounds for 'Mirror Mirror', Julia was keen to eat well and keep her energy up as she juggled filming with a young family.

The actress is certainly no fan of carb-free diets -- she loves bread and adores Carrie's mashed potatoes -- so a balanced approach to eating suits her well.

In the past, she's had Carrie's meals delivered but as the star divides her time between her and hubby Danny Moder's eco-house in Venice Beach and their New Mexico ranch, she's opted to stick to her healthy eating principles on her own schedule.

"There's definitely a backlash happening," says Carrie, who's also worked with Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston, of the pro-carb revolution in Hollywood.

"We all need it -- it's the exclusive fuel for the brain. Without it, you can't think and you can't exercise."

She recommends eating 50- 60pc carbohydrates, 20-25pc protein and 20pc fat in each meal. The best complex carbohydrates are fruits, vegetables and grains, according to Carrie.

The food guru also stresses the importance of maximum flavour in whatever you're eating -- she points out that Lawrence Olivier is said to have eaten an apple and a bit of pungent blue cheese for lunch each day to maintain his weight.

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