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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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kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
She could teach Kelly Choi a thing or two. It annoys me that Kelly is super thin and almost never eats on Top Chef Masters.
Asche Asche 7 years
How can you notice 10 or 15 lb weight gain on someone of her height?
sharonvak sharonvak 7 years
I definitely noticed her weight gain on the Top Chef promo commercial. Alas, she's still beautiful.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
I love Padma! She is gorgeous! I guess 90 minutes a day wouldn't be so bad if you get to eat all of that tasty food (well not always tasty lol).
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Jumping rope is a fantastic workout, I must say. It's nice to know that she is prone to gaining 10-15 lbs with her job on Top Chef, but she seems takes care of herself in healthy ways.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 7 years
I could cut out alcohol and red meat, but not cheese!
Asche Asche 7 years
Genetics are definitely a factor of her thinness, though.
ms660bk ms660bk 7 years
For once, this is one interview I definitely believe!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
She is beautiful! I don't know if I could cut out cheese - that would be so hard!
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