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Health & Fit Padma Lakshmi Reveals the Strict Diet She Sticks to After All the Required Eating on Top Chef

02:56  13 march  2018
02:56  13 march  2018 Source:   people.com

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Padma Lakshmi is revealing her secret to staying in great shape while also taste testing every delicious dish on Top Chef . When asked how she stays fit and healthy, the Top Chef host said she relies on a strict diet full of healthy options.

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Padma Lakshmi is revealing her secret to staying in great shape while also taste testing every delicious dish on Top Chef.

The host, 47, said she consumes “at least seven to eight thousand calories a day” while filming the Bravo show, but that the weight gain that goes along with it hasn’t scared her off from doing her job.

“I eat so much food [on the show]. I gain more weight now because I’m older,” Lakshmi said during an interview with Access. “I gain now like 15 pounds and in Chicago, I gained 17 because of deep dish pizza.”

When asked how she stays fit and healthy, the Top Chef host said she relies on a strict diet full of healthy options.

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Top Chef 's Padma Lakshmi Reveals How She Keeps Her Fit Physique.

Padma Lakshmi is revealing her secret to staying in great shape while also taste testing every delicious dish on Top Chef . When asked how she stays fit and healthy, the Top Chef host said she relies on a strict diet full of healthy options.

“I’m at my skinniest right now because I finished filming the show for a few months. I have clothes from a size four to a size fourteen, from when I was pregnant, and go up a size,” she said. “No one is looking at your tag. It’s better that it fits you well — everyone tries to squeeze in one size of jeans, it just makes you look like a sausage.”

She continued, “But beyond that to get the weight off it’s really hard, there are no tricks, it’s just eating healthy. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t eat fried food. I don’t eat red meat. I don’t eat any dairy, except low-fat cottage cheese and non-fat yogurt. I don’t eat sweets. Oh, and I don’t eat flour.”

While it may sound tough, the host insists her diet is pretty simple to follow.

a woman standing in front of a flower: Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef © Provided by TIME Inc. Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef

“I eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. I eat fish and chicken and shellfish. I also eat a lot of lentils and beans,” she said. “When I’m not on the show, I’m pretty plant-based. I was raised as a vegetarian in India and in America. We had a vegetarian home. I didn’t really start eating meat until I was a teenager, so I’m used to eating like that. It’s hard for your body to process meat.”

While she’s hard at work filming the hit Bravo show, Lakshmi said she gives herself “license to eat.”

“For legal reasons, I have to make sure I try everything so I just give myself license,” she said. “As women, we’re conditioned to do everything, and we can do everything you just can’t always do it at once.”


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