Elizabeth Banks On Staying Fit: Portion Control Is a 'Real Problem'

08/05/2013 at 02:00 PM EDT

Elizabeth Banks On Staying Fit: Portion Control Is a 'Real Problem'
Elizabeth Banks
Courtesy Women's Health
No junk food? No problem.

That seems to be the case with Elizabeth Banks, 39, who manages her eating habits like a pro, telling Women's Health, simply, "People ask me how I stay thin, and I'm like, 'When you go to the grocery store, buy more bananas than cookies.' "

And when she does splurge on sweet treats, "[The freezer] is where my Girl Scout cookies are," she shares, adding that the prime location allows her to forget about them – instead of eating them.

But when it's time to prepare for a role, the Walk of Shame star ditches all things white.



"It's essentially a gluten-free diet: no rice, no bread, no pasta," Banks explains. "I'll eat tons of protein and veggies. Also, I just drink water and tea … and alcohol."

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Elizabeth Banks

Courtesy Women's Health

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actress makes that diet seem as simple as the way she handles how much she consumes.

"Portion control is a real problem," Banks says. "My husband and I always split one appetizer and one entree. I'm sure waiters hate us."



One meal on her must list?

"Who doesn't love meatloaf?" she muses. "My father always made an amazing meatloaf, and I've inherited his skill. Leftover meatloaf in a sandwich? Come on!"

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