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Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Her Longtime Battle With Weight Gain & Hashimoto's Disease

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Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez always keeps it real.

In the September issue of Health out this Friday, the 32-year-old opens up about her longtime battle with her weight after being diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease — an autoimmune disease that can cause an underactive thyroid.

The Jane the Virgin star explained:

"It's always been a battle for me with weight. Keeping weight off is very difficult because my metabolism is pretty much shot, which to me felt like a curse when I was 19."

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And it's not surprising this disease posed to be even more difficult to deal with as an actress constantly in the spotlight:

"As an actress, I was like, 'Seriously?! In a world that's so vain, I have to deal with the disease that makes you not keep weight off?' But it actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas, but also women who are dealing with this disease."

We love her optimism!

But that doesn't mean her dietary restrictions don't prove to be a challenge, especially at the craft services table on set (been there):

"It's mind over matter because they put out doughnuts every morning, and they smell divine. I have to look at gluten like, 'Yeah, I want to eat that. Of course I do, but it doesn't make me feel good. And I want to feel good.'"

Adding:

"I'm gluten-free, which is the most difficult thing in the world because, like Oprah, I love bread! I definitely eat gluten-free bread every day."

But aside from eating well, Miz Rodriguez tries to be active every single day in order to stay on top of her game:

"If I can at least walk for 30 minutes a day, it's extremely helpful for my thyroid gland. Running, boxing, jump rope and hitting the heavy bag are my workout constants … On set, I like to do videos of me dancing. And I'll do squats. I'll drop into a squat any day of the week, even mid-scene."

At the end of the day, it's how she feels on the inside that makes her feel sexiest:

"When I'm making people laugh, I feel like a little sex goddess. I feel sexy when I look at myself in the mirror and that voice shuts up, so I can see every part of me and love it. It's so interesting how we'll avoid mirrors. But it should be like, 'No, man, this is you, and this is exactly the way it should be.'"

Good for her!

[Image via Health Magazine.]

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