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Reality Check: Padma Lakshmi Doesn't Mind Gaining Weight

Gaining weight isn't something many of us would be psyched about, but when it comes to being pregnant, it's common to put on between 11 and 40 pounds to grow a healthy baby. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, 39, is not only accepting the weight gain, but embracing the extra poundage, by posing nude on the cover of Page Six Magazine. The former model says,

"I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way . . . When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide."

Padma is also taking on a healthy attitude about her changing body and her physical limitations while being pregnant, sharing, "One of the reasons I think I've gained weight pretty quickly during my pregnancy is that I'm not exercising as much as I do normally . . . I can't. I'm feeling tired."

The now-curvy foodie also wisely says, "You hope that with age, what you pay for in gravity, you gain in gravitas. I'm sure my thighs looked better when I was 25, but I think my mind is better today." I think she sounds happy to be having a child and rolling well with the bodily changes that accompany pregnancy; what about you?

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sham28 sham28 6 years
Huh.... I actually really liked these statements. Maybe she's full of S, but she sounded pretty thoughtful and grounded.
zeze zeze 6 years
If clothes are adjectives then what is photoshop? She has more photoshop covering her "raw" person than any fur coat, burka, and full length bath robe could cover... I hate, hate when celebrities give us this natural, hippie, emotional BS.
fauxcat fauxcat 6 years
For some reason, this woman irks me at a core level. Something about her, at least on Top Chef, gives me the vibe that she's not an especially nice person.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
This made me roll my eyes. For one thing, she's pregnant, not just gaining a little weight. For another thing, she's freakin' Padma. Guessing it's pretty easy to embrace yourself when you look like that. And for another, her thighs look better than most 16 year old's. I'm so over celebrities trying to act like they're normally, un-genetically blessed people.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Good for her! I think a lot of women get really freaked out about gaining weight when they are pregnant, but in real life, gaining weight is so totally normal when you're pregnant and you should embrace it. You can always lose the extra weight later after the baby's born.
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