For Hilary Duff, It's Exercise Over Diet

'Younger' star Hilary Duff said she prefers exercise to giving up her favorite food

Actress and singer Hilary Duff isn't the type to compromise when it comes to eating what she wants.

In fact, she recently told Shape Magazine that she keeps her figure with exercise rather than the fad diet of the moment.

The former "Lizzie McGuire" star said her workout routine was the perfect way to relieve some stress.

"I don't do auto-gym," she told Shape. "I go three times a week and mix it up every time. I work out with weighted balls, battle ropes, and big rubber bands. I do this thing with a sledgehammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it gets out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, 'Uh-oh, Hilary's got the hammer — get out of the way!'"

The active lifestyle makes all the more sense without any diets on the horizon.

"I rely on grown-woman food," she explained. "I'd rather have someone pull my fingernails off than hunker down and go on an actual diet. It's so hard for me! My sister Haylie and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting."

The other problem with dieting, of course, is that it might mean sacrificing something that's borderline sacred in Duff's mind.

"The key to a happy life is cheese," Duff said. "It's a real problem. I can't say no to it! There's a cheese shop in Beverly Hills, and my car is like a magnet to it. Luca [Duff's son] is crazy about it, too. Love the cheese!"

Hard to argue with that. And even harder to disagree with Duff's personal philosophy on health and fitness.

"There's so much pressure to always have it together, and I'm not falling for it," she said. "You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal. And that's acceptable."

Duff also discussed her current TV project titled "Younger," which is written by "Sex and the City" creator Darren Star. Duff plays a 27-year-old editor with a predictably complicated personal life.

"She always chooses the wrong guy, drinks way too much, and has to cover for herself the next morning," Duff said.

Based on a novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, "Younger" airs on TV Land.