Ali Larter Health Magazine cover

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When Ali Larter was pregnant with her son Theodore Hayes back in 2010, the Obsessed actress gained 45 pounds – and unlike many Hollywood starlets, Larter says the post-pregnancy pounds didn’t drop off easily.

“A lot of women say that they breastfeed and the pounds come right off,” Larter, 37, says in the September issue of Health.

“For women who gain 25 pounds, that’s probably true … I gained 45 pounds. Mine came off at about five months, after working out a lot and doing a food delivery service,” she says.

The actress, whose cookbook Kitchen Revelry is due out next month, also tells the magazine that postpartum weightloss and toning is a whole different ballgame.

“It’s hard to impress me with a body that hasn’t had a baby. Have a baby and then let’s talk,” she jokes.

Still, Larter says there are few things she enjoys more than a good get-together – especially one she’s hosting!

“I can’t go a month without throwing a dinner party,” she says. “For me, entertaining has become a metaphor for life. If you mess up, laugh at it and order pizza. What’s important is putting yourself out there.”

And she’s also not too hard on herself when she gives into temptation and has some dessert.

“Like most women, I can’t eat half a brownie. It’s just not who I am,” she confesses. “I go for it, and then I try to be better. You have to enjoy life, right?”

– Lee Hernandez