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All the Right Moves: How Glee's Heather Morris Stays Fit

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Heather Morris' Diet, Dance Moves, and Confidence Tips

You don't believe in diets. Why not?

Dieting is just not good for your body or mind. I don't think you should ever tell yourself you can't have something you want. You can't have cookies at every meal, but you can have a cookie. If you deprive yourself, that's just going to make you binge and eat the whole bag. I believe in listening to your body. When I eat fries and burgers for a while, I crave vegetables and fruits. I cut out the carbs and the processed foods until I feel good again. Your body tells you when you need to get back on track. Gas, bloating, and stomachaches are all your body's way of sending you signals.

What's in your fridge right now?

I usually have a lot of protein, especially chicken and fish, and vegetables, fruits, and almond milk. I eat pretty well. My big splurge is Tex-Mex food. I especially love my mom's taco salad. It's my ultimate comfort food.

What songs are on your iPod?

Anything by Chris Brown. I also really like Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go," Goldfrapp's "We Radiate," and "Black Sheep" by Metric.

What dance move should every woman know?

Beyonce's booty shake. I say that because my boyfriend, Taylor, really likes my butt!

How did you two meet?

We went to the same high school in Arizona, but we didn't know each other. We didn't start dating until I moved to L.A. He saw me on Myspace, so he messaged me a few years ago. But we've broken up and gotten back together because long-distance relationships are hard. He's moving to L.A. soon. We're dying to be together!

What's your best confidence-boosting trick?

I have a heart-to-heart with myself. I say, "Maybe I shouldn't have eaten that dessert." And then I say, "Whatever. You're going to have a really good apple later, and you're going to work out tomorrow, and it's going to be awesome." Sometimes you just have to give yourself a pep talk. It's exhausting when you're always critical of yourself. Just love who you are!

 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2011.

 

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