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How Giada De Laurentiis Manages to Stay Slim and Trim

Giada Spills Her Secrets For Looking Great

During her cooking demo in Aspen, Food Network star and fan favorite Giada De Laurentiis opened up the floor to questions. One woman in the back raised her hand and asked the question that the whole world was dying to know.

"How do you manage to cook all this food and still look so great?" she asked. The mother of Jade Marie, now 2 — who looked casual chic in a boatneck tee and cuffed jeans — took some time to talk about how she stays so slim and trim. Find out her secrets after the jump.

  • Genetics. Giada chalks it up, first and foremost, to genetics. "My mother's little," she explained.
  • It's all about control. In true Italian tradition, De Laurentiis eats whatever she wants, but only in small portions.
  • Satisfying little tastes. "When you cook, you're tasting along the way," she pointed out, "so by the time you sit down to dinner, you're not that hungry."
  • And finally, exercise. "Nobody wants to hear this, but I work out!" she admits. "I work out a few times a week, even if it means getting up at 5 a.m."

At that moment, a visual of Giada groggily crawling out of bed at 5 a.m. appeared in my mind, and I didn't feel so bad about how hard I have to work, either. What she had to say about staying healthy wasn't anything new, but it was certainly reassuring, coming from the food world's biggest head-turner herself.

What are your secrets to eating well while looking great?

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Janice15188019 Janice15188019 2 years
was this really the best picture for this title of this article? that Facial expression is not that flattering.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
I love Giada, she's so cute. She also has a lot of vegetarian friendly meals (her Mom is a veg). As for the tip, I haven't had a weight issue at all since becoming a vegetarian. I eat more frequently, eat more, and feel great.
vinnie vinnie 5 years
off topic: I love/want her shirt!
Jess8902 Jess8902 5 years
I think it's cute that she is so smiley. If I had her smile I'd probably be that smiley too. Love her!
zeze zeze 5 years
She is so right about the cooking thing. When I cook, I rarely eat a full meal when I sit down, but when someone else does (and I like the food) I will scarf it down and stuff myself.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Truthfully, for me, there is no secret. I do it the old-fashion way -- eat healthy and exercise. There is no mystery -- just look at my behavior.I guess the saving grace for me is that I like doing that. It's no burden for me to eat healthy and exercise. I love it.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Truthfully, for me, there is no secret. I do it the old-fashion way -- eat healthy and exercise. There is no mystery -- just look at my behavior. I guess the saving grace for me is that I like doing that. It's no burden for me to eat healthy and exercise. I love it.
andiealex andiealex 5 years
Her shirt is by Splendid.
andiealex andiealex 5 years
Her shirt is by Splendid.
TammyO TammyO 5 years
I think at this point it's a nervous facial tic! I do know a few people who smile when nervous or when they don't know what else to do.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 5 years
i think she smiles to much as well and most of the time it looks fake i know you have to smile for tv but not that much
Asche Asche 5 years
@Tammy and @TiVo: I recently saw some commercial of hers for a product she released (cookware maybe?). She has a smile <i>plastered</i> on her face every time the camera cuts to her. Would probably make a fairly effective drinking game :)
Asche Asche 5 years
@Tammy and @TiVo: I recently saw some commercial of hers for a product she released (cookware maybe?). She has a smile plastered on her face every time the camera cuts to her. Would probably make a fairly effective drinking game :)
TammyO TammyO 5 years
Asche, I'm certainly freaked out by her constant, toothy, rictus grimace. It's too much teeth for me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
I just eat, drink and I'm merry! I'll worry about my weight in the next life.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
For her, genetics really do contribute a lot to her svelteness...her whole family are all skinny-minnies. Her sister and her mom are both really thin and I'm sure they all eat good Italian food, too. I don't have genetics on my side...I come from stocky Germans on one side and chunky English/Welsh/Native Americans on the other side, so I really do have to watch it. Exercise is my tool to keep myself looking thin and svelte, but I also allow myself to have a small treat every day to keep myself on track the rest of the time.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Jesus, Chief! Don't even joke about limiting pork products! :faint:
TiVo TiVo 5 years
Ha! Good call Asche. Perhaps that burns major calories...
Asche Asche 5 years
Side note: is anyone else freaked out by how much this woman smiles?
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Well........sometimes you just have to limit your intake of pork products.........NOT..........just do dishes all day in a hot kitchen and I can eat as much bacon as I need!
Girrly007 Girrly007 5 years
I'm an Italian who loves food. Unlike Giada I don't have great genetics... but I do get up at 4:45 3 times a week for spinning and I go 2 more times for weight training. It's intense, but I feel great! ...and less guilty when I splurge on the great food!!
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