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The #1 Eating Habit Emma Thompson Swears By To Look Amazing at 63

This celebrity is ditching the fads.

It's hard not to love Emma Thompson. The popular British actor has starred in a number of movies over the decades and has continued staying busy being an environmental activist at the age of 63. Thompson is back in news headlines recently for her latest movie, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, where she bares all in a completely nude scene.

Sophia Hyde, the director of the film, tells People magazine about Thompson's nude scene. "Emma isn't immune to the culture we are all soaked in which tells us that our bodies will never be enough. So doing this moment fully as Nancy [Thompson's character], having had some access to the greatness of what her body is capable of, Emma had to really trust in that idea and sink into it. Which she totally did."

Thompson tells People, "I think the more we can accept our bodies — and not love them, you don't have to love them — but you do have to accept them in order to experience anything inside them."

This radical view of bodily acceptance hasn't come easy for Thompson. But what has the star done throughout the years to help her feel comfortable in her own skin in her 60s, especially in a world that sees aging as a negative thing? For Thompson, one of the best eating habits she's adapted throughout the years is to learn to ditch fad dieting completely. 

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In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, Emma Thompson discusses everything from religion, childhood, and her distaste for dieting. She shares how dieting affected her in the past, and why she vowed to give it up completely.

"Dieting screwed up my metabolism, and it messed with my head," says Thompson. "I've fought with that multimillion-pound industry all my life, but I wish I'd had more knowledge before I started swallowing their crap. I regret ever going on one."

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While she doesn't elaborate on the types of dieting she's engaged in, the actress was candid the year before about a diet she went on to drop two dress sizes.

In a 2017 article from Huffington Post, Thompson discusses the Louise Parker Method and why she chose this "diet."

"She's not holier than thou, yet somehow miraculously gets my reluctant arse into gear and sometimes even keeps it there," said Thompson. "I love that her method is not a diet—and is genuinely sustainable—so I can have my glass of wine and manage to avoid spending the rest of the week eating cheesy Wotsits."

At the end of the day, it seems that Thompson is trying to ditch the fad dieting and embrace a more balanced, healthy way of eating and drinking that still allows her to enjoy her favorite foods and wine.

Samantha Boesch
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