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Get the Bod: Padma Lakshmi

Former model, cookbook author, and host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi has got it going on.

After checking out the image of her in Allure's naked truth photo essay, it is hard to believe she gains 10 to 15 pounds when filming a season of Top Chef. When filming the competitive reality cooking show Padma eats a lot of food. Food flavored with fat, often extra fat, to make it taste good. She recently told the New York Times that keeps two dress sizes on set to accommodate her changing body.

Learn how she whips herself back into shape after five indulgent weeks of filming, when you


Padma is a fan of boxing. It's part of her regular workout when not on the set. When traveling or filming, she keeps a jump rope in her suit case so she can fit in cardio when she has time. A firm believer in taking the stairs, Padma also works her upper body in a daily 90-minute fitness routine.

Food, is a different story. When on the set, she cuts herself some slack since she knows the weight gain is inevitable. Post filming she goes on a serious detox. Padma cuts out alcohol, cheese, and red meat until she is back to her normal weight. That has got to take some serious discipline, but if I were going to be seen naked in the pages of Allure, I would probably remove cheese from my meals for a while.

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