Lindsey Vonn talks body image: 'I have insecurities like everyone else'

/ Source: TODAY

Lindsey Vonn is a world-class skier and frequent magazine covergirl, but she admittedly struggles with body image issues in her life as the most recognizable face in her sport.

"I'm really confident on the mountain, but I haven't really felt like I fit in so much on the red carpets,'' Vonn told Matt Lauer on TODAY Tuesday. "I'm just not your typical body type, so I have insecurities. I'm very self-conscious."

Vonn addresses those issues and gives her take on dieting and working out in her new book, "Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean and Harness Your Power."

The four-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist opened up about her body image issues that she addresses in the book.

"I think I'm strong when it comes to working out, and everything I do on the mountain I feel confident in myself, but a lot of times I really don't feel that confident,'' she said. "I have my insecurities like everyone else, and being on the mountain is the only time I feel 100 percent sure of myself."

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Despite her body image struggles, Vonn feels she is making strides.

"It's always been pretty tough for me but I finally feel like I'm getting better at it,'' she said.

As for dieting, Vonn believes they don't work. After trying everything from the meat and veggie-heavy Paleo diet to an Atkins-style diet to a high-carb diet, she feels the most important thing is making healthy choices.

"I can tell you, none of those (diets) work,'' she said.

When it comes to exercising, she believes it's all about experimenting until you find an activity you love.

"Working hard, it's not always the most fun, but it's (about) finding something that will keep you going back to the gym,'' she said.

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