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Gina Rodriguez: 'My weight is a constant battle'

The actress has adopted a gluten-free diet to help keep her weight down.

Gina Rodriguez struggles to maintain her weight because of her battle with Hashimoto's disease.

The Jane the Virgin star was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, which can cause an underactive thyroid and metabolism issues, at the age of 19, and the actress reveals it has made it difficult for her to keep weight off.

The 32-year-old was upset when she received the diagnosis because of her job, but it ultimately turned out to be a positive thing for her.

"As an actress, I was like, 'Seriously? In a world that's so vain, I have to deal with the disease that makes you not keep weight off?'" she tells "But it actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas, but also women who are dealing with this disease."

Gina sticks to a gluten-free diet to help control the symptoms of her disease, but she has a hard time fighting her urges to snack on bread.

"I'm gluten-free, which is the most difficult thing in the world because, like Oprah, I love bread," she says. "I definitely eat gluten-free bread every day."

"It's mind over matter because they put out doughnuts every morning (on set), and they smell divine," she continues. "I have to look at gluten like, 'Yeah, I want to eat that. Of course I do, but it doesn't make me feel good. And I want to feel good'."

Gina also tackles her health issues by exercising.

"If I can at least walk for 30 minutes a day, it's extremely helpful for my thyroid gland," she adds. "Running, boxing, jump rope, and hitting the heavy bag are my workout constants.

"On set, I like to do videos of me dancing," she continues. "And I'll do squats. I'll drop a squat any day of the week, even mid scene."

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