Lauren Cohan, the actress that plays Maggie Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead, is the cover story of the latest issue of Shape magazine. Aside from showing off her curves, Cohan discussed insecurities she had with her body while she was growing up, her workout routine and reveals her favorite guilty-pleasure food.
"I was very skinny as a kid, but when I was swimming...and just having fun, I never worried about how I looked," Cohan divulged. "In my teens, though, I started to be more aware of my body, and I didn't like being skinny. People made fun of me for it." When Cohan got to college she began eating unhealthy foods to pack on the pounds. "I loved it because I didn't stand out as a bony girl anymore! Eating became a way of not getting attention for looking too skinny, but it was also about self-sabotage."
Cohan eventually changed her eating habits and began working out everyday. Now she can't function during day unless she gets in workout to begin her day. "When I don't exercise in the morning, it's a completely different day than when I do," says the 33-year-old actress. "Working out gives me endorphins and makes me happy. I need it!"
Cohan describes herself as "the queen of exercise variety" as she becomes easily bored following the same routine. In just one week, she tried a Pure Barre class, a Burn 60 class and a yoga session.
When she's filming The Walking Dead she has to be a bit more creative. "Working out is harder when we're on set," she admits. "We film in Georgia, and I can't go to classes. So I do exercise DVDs that have a lot of leg lifts, kicks, arm lifts—things that don't need equipment. And I move all the time. I take the stairs, I do press-ups between scenes, and I do sit-ups before I eat lunch."
Another one of her secrets, is that she prepares her meals for the whole week each Sunday. Though, she makes sure to give herself an unhealthy treat now and again. "My favorite is Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups," she reveals. "I'm obsessed with them!"
Check out the rest of the images from Cohan's spread in our gallery at the bottom of the page.
AMC's The Walking Dead will return with all-new episodes this February.