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Emmy Rossum's Shameless Slimdown: 'Janet Jackson Mode' Workouts and 'No Dessert. Ever'

06/24/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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While many of us are hitting the gym with a bikini in mind, Emmy Rossum has different reason to be in tip-top summer shape.

“I’m in Janet Jackson mode right now because we’re about to go back to Shameless,” the actress, 27, told PEOPLE at the 4th Annual Critics Choice Television Awards held Thursday in Beverly Hills. “During my hiatus, I usually eat everything in sight until three weeks before.”

So what exactly is her fitness routine? “I do an hour to 90 minutes [of gym time] five times a week while eating a lot of vegetables and protein, but no dessert. Ever,” she shared, adding that she varies her workouts with “dance training, Physique 57 and Soul Cycle … I do something different every day.”

RELATED PHOTOS: Stars show off their hard work in the gym in itty bitty bikinis!

And it looks like the hard work is paying off for the star, who’s about to start shooting season five of her hit show. Pairing her brilliant magenta Monique Lhuillier gown with turquoise earrings, Rossum stunned with her colorful look at the event, where she watched Ryan Murphy pick up the Louis XIII Genius Award. “I wanted to look easy, breezy summer California,” she said. “I love the color and I love the idea of pairing it with turquoise.”

And most impressively, she did it all without any help: “I don’t work with a stylist!” she said.

–Nicole Sands, reporting by Matthew Cole Weiss

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Chantel Keona on

She looks great.

Tina Sampson on

She is gorgeous! In my opinion, she’s one of the most beautiful women out there. Love her style!

Kate on

She has always looked good!

Amy on

It sounds like a fab….remember, Janet keeps gaining her weight back. She does look great but it’s impossible to maintain a diet like this. “No dessert ever” means she’ll crave exactly that and the foods we deny ourselves are usually the things we wind up gorging on. Allow yourself to eat what you enjoy occasionally while maintaining a healthy, realistic workout and diet.

Amy on

Meant “fad”, not fab. Unless this weightloss is intended for short term there’s nothing fabulous about it.

Lu on

It’s common knowledge that she is bulimic, so I guess she’s also a liar.

Cate J. on

So she binges on off season and then goes to the other extreme three weeks before she starts shooting again. Nice going, People. That is not hard work….that is an eating problem. Let’s glamorize it…shall we?

Sarahjane on

@ Cate J – you’re so right.

melisa on

I’d rather be fat and eat some cheesecake now and then.

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