Scarlett Johansson Addresses the Weight Loss Issue

Says she’s working out more, eating healthy

In recent weeks, much has been said about Scarlett Johansson’s alleged weight loss for her part in the upcoming “Iron Man 2.” For an actress who used to speak openly about not being a fan of diets or intense workouts, losing a reported 14 pounds in just a few days seemed unbelievable. As it should be, Scarlett herself says in a post on The Huffington Post blog, because it is simply not true.

Rumor had it that Scarlett had either started crash dieting or working out with Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna’s personal trainer, to drop some weight. Neither is true, the actress says, since any weight she might have lost is only due to the fact that she’s training a bit more now because she’s supposed to look good in a spandex suit. She’s also eating more healthy now, Johansson says in the same blog post.

“While training for an upcoming film, I’ve come to this conclusion: chin ups are near impossible and lunges suck. There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit. Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation. While I’ve never been considered a gym rat, I have, in fact, worked up a sweat in the name of cardio before, and although I enjoy a grilled cheese as much as the next person, I combine the not-so-good foods I crave with an all-around balanced diet.” Scarlett writes.

At the same time, the star also blasts tabloid reports that had it that she was doing something potentially harmful to lose weight. She is a celebrity, that much is true, she says, and there are people out there who look up to her, especially young girls. Reading one such story could make a teen girl decide to start starving herself to “look like Scarlett Johansson,” the actress says, and that is the last thing she would want.

“Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.” Johansson further writes of the rumor that she had lost 14 pounds.

The actress concludes the post on a more positive note, saying that, once filming is complete, she plans to stick to a routine of at least 30 minutes a day of exercise, the type that requires neither a trainer nor special equipment. She also intends to continue eating healthy, meaning more vegetables and fruit, but not because she has to look a certain way, but rather because she has discovered she feels better when she does both.

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