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Lena Dunham 'won't overdo workouts'

Lena Dunham is reportedly being teased about turning into Gwyneth Paltrow thanks to her new fitness endeavours.

The 28-year-old star has become known for championing a more everyday body shape on TV thanks to her show Girls. She doesn't believe in faddy diets or being stick thin, which has won her legions of fans.

The star has taken steps to get a little more in shape of late though, working out with famed keep-fit guru Tracy Anderson - whose other clients include Gwyneth Paltrow and the Queen of Pop.

"Lena's telling the crew on the Girls set that she's not going to 'look like Madonna' or get super-skinny, but there's still a bit of teasing - mostly about becoming the next Gwyneth Paltrow," a source told British magazine Heat. "Lena is good at laughing at herself, but the truth is she actually has the same concerns. She says she met with Tracy before she signed on with her and made her promise not to try and make her go on any crazy diets."

Most of those around Lena understand she wants to be as healthy as possible, especially as she's gradually been shedding weight over the last year. She's also posted photos of herself doing yoga workouts online.

"Everyone's supporting her, but the Tracy thing has a few people worried. Lena might put on a tough front, but she's been slammed for her nude scenes. A girl can only take so much," the source explained.

Lena revealed she was working out more on a US talk show appearance earlier this month. She insisted she was being sensible about it but had realised she needed to be more proactive as her parents are now so much fitter than she is.

Last year the star released a book called Not That Kind of Girl, in which she admitted she hasn't always been body confident. She made herself ill when trying to lose weight before shooting the first series of Girls, but finding love with Jack Antonoff made her re-evaluate.

"[I ended up] in the hospital with crazy stomach pains. It was basically revealed that I'd been just drinking laxative tea and coffee and smoking cigarettes and then eating weird foods at weird hours. I really messed myself up," she explained.

"I really feel good with my size now. I know when I say that people are like, 'Mm hmm,' but I just do! It used to be when I went into a room with all thin women I felt like, what's wrong with me? Now I just feel special."

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