Eva Longoria Bastón is originally from Texas. While she was in college earning a degree in kinesiology at Texas A&M, she won the 1998 Miss Corpus Christi USA title. A talent contest after college led her to LA and her first tv role was a guest appearance on Beverly Hills 90210. Her big break came in 2001 with The Young and the Restless which she acted on for 2 years. She is best known for Desperate Housewives which ran from 2004-’12. Longoria also appeared in films such as The Sentinel and Overboard. She has been voted one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women by various magazines including People, and she holds modeling contracts with L’Oréal and other companies. Longoria opened a restaurant in Hollywood with celebrity chef Todd English called Beso, and she also wrote a cookbook. She has a clothing line and a production company. Longoria is active in philanthropy. She founded two charities that help developmentally disabled children and Latino poverty, and earned a Master’s Degree in Chicano Studies from CSU in 2013. She was briefly married to pro basketball player Tony Parker. Longoria married Mexican businessman José Bastón Patiño in 2015 and they have a child together. She has millions of followers on social media. Longoria is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 100 lbs.
Eva Longoria’s Diet
Longoria loves to cook — and eat — and she loves carbs, but all of favorites like homemade tortillas, pasta, bagels and croissants had to take a break while she followed a strict diet to lose the baby weight. But now that she’s back to her old self, she is able to enjoy more of her favorites. One of her tricks is eating a hearty breakfast and lunch, and having a very light dinner, perhaps just soup (homemade of course). The one thing Longoria avoids is sugar.
- Low Carb 25% 25%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium-High Protein 60% 60%
Break the Fast the Mexican Way
For several months post-baby, Longoria ate a lot of egg white and veggies. But she says breakfast in Mexico is a very important meal, and she prefers things like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. When she’s not getting red carpet-ready she might also put her baker’s hat on and whip up homemade bagels or even croissants.
Longoria says a hearty breakfast means lunch gets put off until much later, like 5 pm. It’s also an event, like breakfast, which she loves. Post-baby it was a lot of chicken breast and steamed veggies, but when she isn’t trying to trim down, she might make pasta from scratch or chicken tacos with fresh salsa.
Because the first two meals are so substantial and dinner is quite late, 9:30-ish, Longoria and hubs often just have something light, such as soup.
Salty (& Boozy) Treats
Longoria prefers her snacks to be salty, such as olives. If she’s going to splurge on calories, she’ll pass on the cookies and have a beer instead.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Longoria on Her Post-baby Diet
‘I’m eating air.’
Longoria Details Her Post-baby Diet
‘I haven’t drunk wine. I haven’t eaten sugar. I haven’t seen a carb in a while. But once I get to Cannes and finish the red carpet, then I’ll be indulging a lot.’
Longoria on her Cooking Skills
‘I’ve been cooking for 20 years, and I may not be a chef but I’m a really good cook.’
Longoria on Trying New Recipes
‘No fear…I really enjoy challenging myself.’
Longoria on the Joys of Cooking
‘Cooking is such a great outlet.’
Longoria on Sweet vs. Salty
‘Salty is totally my jam.’
Longoria on the Concept of Cheating
‘I’m not about guilt.’
Eva Longoria’s Fitness Routine
Longoria engaged in a wide variety of sports in her youth, including basketball, gymnastics, soccer and cheerleading.
Switch It Up
Longoria stays active doing things like yoga, hiking, swimming and running, all of which she says contribute to her mental as well as physical health.
Understand What You’re Doing
Longoria holds a degree in Kinesiology which is the study of body mechanics. You don’t need a degree in science to work out, but you can bone up by reading relevant info about what exercises best match your individual goals.
Hit the Road
When Longoria is traveling (which is often), her go-to routine is running. It requires very little equipment and can be done almost anywhere, with the added bonus of discovering new places.
To stay toned and lean, Longoria does circuits. After warming up with boxing, treadmill or on the elliptical, she’ll do a combination of bodyweight exercises along with some moves using equipment. She usually hits the gym 4 times a week.
Longoria likes to work with celebrity trainer Grant Roberts, both for the guidance and for the accountability. She says she has ADD and can sometimes get off-track when left to her own devices.
An Eva Longoria Routine
Run/do yoga/hike/swim/cardio of choice: regularly
Circuit Training: 4x/week
Do 15 reps x 3 circuits of each of the following:
Wide-grip lat pull-downs
Stability ball skull crushers
Hammer curls on Bosu ball
Bosu ball wood chop
Longoria on Working Out During Pregnancy
‘I did yoga every day with my doula while I was pregnant. It helped me so much with the weight gain and my back.’
Longoria on Regaining her Shape Post-Childbirth
‘It’s hard! It’s a lot of work with children.’
Longoria on Why She's So Committed to Getting Her Figure Back
‘I wanted to get back in shape for my son.’
Longoria on How to Achieve
‘It’s honestly just being committed to a goal.’
Eva Longoria’s Supplements
Longoria is keeping any supplements she might take on the down low, so below are supplements that could benefit anyone following a similar diet.
Eva Longoria’s Lifestyle
ASMR for Sleep
An autonomous sensory meridian response is a pleasant, tingling sensation that that helps some people fall asleep. Longoria has recorded an ASMR video, along with many other stars including Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek and Emily Ratajkowski.
Not Just a Label
Lots of celebrities slap their name on a line of clothing and call it a day, but Longoria actually knows how to sew. She learned when she was just 7 years old.
Although Longoria’s parents are Tejano (Mexican-American), she grew up speaking English and did not start learning any Spanish until she went back to school in 2009.
Your Skin’s BFFs
Longoria swears by sunblock and drinking water to keep her skin looking youthful and healthy. She also gets regular facials, although she considers them to be work rather than fun.
Bringing Up Baby
Longoria is raising her son to be a feminist. She says you have to live it, not just talk about it.
New World View
Longoria was already active with charities before her son’s birth, but now she says she wants to work even harder to improve the world.
Longoria on the Importance of Voting
‘If you don’t elect the people who are in office, they’re going to make decisions for you. You want to make sure that you have a say in that.’
Longoria on Staying Beautiful
‘People think the trick to looking younger is makeup, but it’s skincare.’
Longoria on Learning to Speak Spanish
‘I really was a Latina who couldn’t speak Spanish.’
Longoria on Motherhood
‘The one thing that I did not expect when Santi was born was the amount of anxiety I was going to have about the world. Like, everything affects me now.’
Longoria on the Joys of Motherhood
‘I love to be the first thing he sees in the morning. And then I love putting him to bed. Those are my 2 favorite moments.’
Longoria on Raising a Boy
‘I feel there’s more pressure to raise a good man today in this world, and to make sure he understands equality and feminism…But it’s not about telling him. It’s about showing him in his everyday life.’
Longoria on how to Help
‘I think that’s the misconception is that you have to be rich and famous to do something. Every single person can do something.’
Eva Eau de Parfum
Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends