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    Kate Hudson Eats 1,500 Calories a Day, Shares Recent Dieting Mistakes

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    If you've got it, flaunt it!

    That's precisely what Kate Hudson did, wearing nothing but bike shorts and a sports bra on the cover of next month's Shape magazine.

    The mother of two flaunted her insanely toned washboard and shared some of her past weight-loss woes with the fitness mag.

    "I remember a few years ago I needed to lose some weight but just couldn't drop these 15 pounds," she said in exclusive quotes obtained by Just Jared. "My diet was a lot of raw foods and I thought, 'Why am I so bloated?' Turns out I was eating about 3,500 calories a day because I was constantly snacking on cashews!"

    So how did the California native finally shed the pounds?

    NEWS: Kate Hudson reveals her fitness secrets!

    "Counting calories," she revealed.

    "I got that app My Fitness Pal and kept track of everything I ate. Normally I'm at about 1,800 calories per day, but when I want to drop a few pounds I stick to 1,500. It's the only way to do it. I have to be vigilant."

    But aside from Hudson tracking every morsel of food, the actress shared one of her secret weapons when it comes to fitness.

    "My new thing is that I always carry a jump rope with me. Then whenever I have a break during the day, I'll just jump," she explained. "I can either sit around looking at my phone or I can jump!"

    Clearly her tricks of the trade are paying off!

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