Vanessa Hudgens is quite well known for playing Gabriella Montez in the classic High School Musical, which also allowed Miley Cyrus to rise to prominence. In 2013, Vanessa had to play a runaway teen named Agnes ‘Apple’ Bailey, and in order to do so she had to gain 20 lbs.
After the film’s production, however, the 28-year-old turned to SoulCycle to lose those 20 lbs that she had gained and it seems to have worked out quite well.
“Put me on a bike in a room with loud music, and I’m happy,” Hudgens, 28, tells Women’s Health in the May issue of her go-to indoor cycling class, which she took twice a day to lose the weight. “It’s like dancing without the stress of worrying if you look good.”
Nowadays, Hudgens squeezes it into her schedule whenever she can, but she always makes time for yoga.
“I don’t consider it fitness,” she says. “It’s more like therapy for me.”
Doing yoga made her more comfortable in her skin.
“I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘Who am I?’ It was definitely a journey back to myself, and yoga helped,” says Hudgens.
The actress loved taking group exercise classes, because it helped her stay motivated.
“I’m really competitive when it comes to fitness,” she says. “I like being around people so I can compete.”
As for diet, the former High School Musical star says she’s finally found a plan that works for her body.
“High fats and no carbs,” says Hudgens. “When I ate carbs, I would get that dip in the afternoon where I felt really sluggish. When I’m off them, my energy stays consistent throughout the day. Since I got back to eating like this the last month or so, I’ve lost 10 lbs. That’s a lot for my [5’1”] height.”
To get in her daily fats, she eats a whole avocado per day.
“If I’m not getting enough [fat], my body holds on to calories,” she says. “We’ve been trained to think that fats are bad, but they’re so good — a source of energy and sustenance that keeps you going through the day. That’s the only way I can not eat carbs.”