What's Her Secret: Christian Serratos's Workout and Food Regime

(Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America) You probably recognize 23-year-old actress Christian Serratos from The Twilight Saga, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and now, The Walking Dead. Yet this former dancer and competitive ice skater has also discovered the workout routine that works for her, and a brand new "clean" way of eating that she swears by. Read on for her personal wellness secrets.

Your role on The Walking Dead is incredibly physically demanding. How do you stay in shape? 

"I'm not a good worker-outer to begin with! Don't get me wrong, I love to work out, it's just that getting me to do it is a task. I did the Cirque fitness class, I tried pole dancing classes—those are fun—and ballet barre, and I absolutely am obsessed with those types of classes but it's not something I do on a daily basis. So when I went out to film and learned what it entailed, I definitely made sure that I worked out, because I would wake up sore just from carrying around all the heavy guns and stuff."

I bet! Do those fun classes comprise the heart of your workout regime?
"Now that I'm back in LA and I have a moment, I've made a list of all the fun workout classes I want to take, because I find that going to the gym is awesome and I have a good time there––I'm one of those people who actually likes to feel sore––but it can be monotonous and boring so I like the cirque classes, the pole dancing, and I thought I'd want to try a Polynesian dance class for a workout. I think any type of dancing or mixing working out and something else is always the best."

Dance is a really good workout, you're just having so much fun you don't realize how hard you're working.
"Exactly. Which is why I love all the ballet barre stuff and the Ballet Beautiful. I'll do those things at home. What I'll do mostly at home when I work out is every day I'll do some stretches and leg lifts—that's the most you'll get me to do at home! Other than that I definitely need someone to motivate me at one of those fun classes."

And you also have a figure skating background!
"Yeah. I started figure skating when I was about three, and started to do it competitively when I got to a certain level, but it was required of me to do ballet just to get some grace. All of us girls did ballet, so I've been doing that since I was a kid, and it kind if spiraled into jazz and hip-hop, and for awhile I was with a dance agency. I never saw that being my career, but for fun or for a workout."

The competitive skating must have taught you some discipline, too.
"A lot of discipline, yes. But figure skating is really competitive, it's very cutthroat, it definitely keeps you motivated. I couldn't wait to get up at 4:30 in the morning to go to some freestyle sessions before going to school when I was a kid, and I just loved every second of it."

What about diet? You're pretty into the organic and raw movement, right?
"I haven't always been super healthy, there was a time when I was essentially a human garbage disposal, I would put anything in my body and didn't care. My three meals a day would be Taco Bell. It was pretty bad. But slowly, just educating myself, it wasn't something where I woke up one morning and said, 'Oh, I'm going to change everything.' It happened slowly, and over time, but now I'm here and my diet is completely changed. If somebody told me five years ago that I was only going to be drinking water, and that I was only going to be eating, essentially, raw and organic foods, I would have told them they were insane. But that's where I am now, and it just happened. I just stumbled upon it."

What was your worst habit?
"Diet Coke was my addiction, so I've been drinking only water now for eight months. And all the foods I eat are organic, but I'm really loving this raw thing now, there are a lot of raw foods that I'm really into. And I feel clean, you know, to eat clean, I feel, is really doing yourself a solid. You feel so much better."

What are some of the changes you've noticed in yourself?
"I have a lot more energy, I don't feel as weighed down all the time. That's the biggest thing that I've noticed, because I'm always very sluggish, that's just I think how I was built, so especially for me, it's important to continue to eat as clean as I've been eating for the past eight months. Also, I haven't eaten meat in about seven years, and about eight months ago I took it a step further and I was like, I'm going to cut out dairy, and I found out I had a gluten intolerance. So when I started getting sick about eight months ago, I decided OK, I'm just going to be as clean as I possibly can."

Sounds like it wasn't a hard change for you to make.
"I hear some people say when they have to start eating healthy, 'Oh my God, it sounds awful, I'm not going to feel full or I'm not going to feel satisfied,' but luckily it's not even an effort, it's just something I want to do. My best advice is to just eat healthy and drink tons and tons of water."

The season finale of The Walking Dead airs March 30.

'Now You See Me' Screening in HollywoodActress Christian Serratos attends a special screening of Summit Entertainment's 'Now You See Me' at the ArcLight Theaters Hollywood on May 23, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
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