Courteney Cox-Arquette refused to diet before stripping off on TV.

The actress - who plays maneater Jules Cobb in US drama 'Cougar Town' - didn't mind shooting semi-nude scenes for the show but admits she doesn't have the "discipline" to lose weight.

When asked if she embarked on a dieting regime before filming, she said: "I avoided salt the night before but no, I'm not that disciplined. I can't be - I'm too hungry all the time. I just had to suck it in a little tighter! I was OK flashing some flesh. I think it's great that the show portrays the reality of what it's like to be in your 40s. It's a great time of life."

While she refuses to diet, the 45-year-old star - who has a five-year-old daughter Coco with husband David Arquette - ensures she exercises regularly as she no longer finds it easy to stay slim since quitting smoking.

She added to Look magazine: "Well, first of all, I never exercised during 'Friends' - I just smoked loads of cigarettes. Now I eat and exercise, and you know, do everything I can. I just try a lot harder than I used to."