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Get the Bod: Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray's got a great outlook on working out, eating and life.

Shape Magazine asks Rachael the questions that explain how she stays looking fab while maintaining a healthy relationship with food.

Shape: So what kind of workouts do you do to burn off all that EVOO [extra-virgin olive oil]?
RR: My favorite home morning routine is 100 crunches, 100 butt lifts and at least 20 push-ups. I live in New York City but have a cabin in the mountains, so I do a lot of hiking and walking, especially with my dog, Isaboo. I do belong to a gym, but I can't get there as often as I'd like. I think a lot of women struggle to fit in exercise. That's why my new talk show is going to feature a Better Than Nothing workout segment. The idea behind it is to do the absolute minimum to maintain your weight and health -- and to make the routine simple, no special equipment required.

Shape: What's your definition of healthy eating?
RR: I don't believe in counting calories; eat in moderation and you won't have to worry about the numbers. I eat pretty much everything. Flavor is really important. If you peeked into my fridge and pantry today, you'd find almonds, cashews, goat cheese, Pecorino, salami, bacon from upstate New York, olive oil, pasta, tuna, an open bottle of white wine, tomatoes and beans. Truly relaxing during meals and enjoying the foods on your plate also matters. I make it a point to sit down, have a glass of red wine and savor my supper every night.

Shape: Workwise, you certainly have a full plate. how do you stay energized?
RR: I really love what I do. In fact, even after a full day of taping cooking shows, I'll come home and head straight for the kitchen. Cooking helps me unwind because it's so meditative. I focus on what I'm doing, not my worries or my to-do list. While I'm making dinner, I'll listen to music: anything from the Foo Fighters or Tom Jones to my husband John Cusimano's band, The Cringe. And I'm a Law & Order addict, so I'll often listen to it while I'm cooking.

Update: These days Rachel starts her days with cardio. Read all about it here: Rachael Ray Slims Down.

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ashantixoxo ashantixoxo 8 years
Geez, I hate Jessica Biel's bod...tooooooooo skinny for my taste
Cuppitycake Cuppitycake 9 years
Honestly, she shouldn't be cooking on tv. I lived in Italy for 3 years, and TRUST ME....they don't cook that way or use her famed "EVOO" in such manners. Her weight goes up and down, shes a big girl, then a smaller big girl. That's NOT healthy people. And contrary to pop belief, bone structure has LITTLE to do with weight gain. A size 6 woman with bigger bones just has to be more careful than a 100 lb. small-boned woman. But I mean, she eats her 100% cheese and butter everything, and frankly, is NOT in control. You can be a bigger boned person and still be toned up and tight, she is chunky and flabby. She talks about doing the "bare minimum" as far as exercise: well dear, then you do it to yourself. Healthy, strong people are those who watch what they eat, and exercise, no matter WHAT THEIR SIZE IS!! I'm so sick of fat girls saying "oh we are strong woman", you are lazy women who have no motivation. I'm 5 3'' and weigh 98 lbs. My doctor says I'm one of the healthiest 26 year olds she has ever met. So the point is, if you are a lil' chunky, get your butt in the gym.
tprollo tprollo 9 years
Rachel Ray has a normal fit body.Too many people think that we should be stick thin because of television and magazines and the moddeling is not healthy to be so thin.There are too many anorexics out there and we need more people like Rachel Ray in the public spotlight to promote healthy body types.
Annabean Annabean 10 years
I love her so much. She is one my most favorite people on TV. Huge Fan <--- Right here :).
jem2 jem2 10 years
i tend to have a Rachael Ray body. no i am not committed to consistent exercise and diet regime. through out the winter months my weight goes up and by the end of the summer my weight is back down. i appreciate Rachael Ray's candidness and her ability to be honest about who she is. life is a journey and there is a great deal to be learned from everyone. my attitude toward diet, eating and exercise is much different now then when i was twenty and in another 20 years will be different again...the most important piece of this journey is to have a healthy attitude toward eating and exercise. thanks fitsugar!
Outrageouscutie1 Outrageouscutie1 10 years
Rachel Rocks! and every guy wished they had her in their kitchen. She is really cute:) Outrageouscutie 1
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
I find it interesting that people love to pick apart people and their weight is just such an easy target.Because everyone on this site is perfect, right?
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Most people's weight fluctuates from time to time specially as we get older otherwise the weightloss market wouldn't be ranking in billions of dollars every year. Rachel is not an exception and I don't blame her. Her career revolves around food and she has a talent for coming up with delicious recipes. Honestly she's done a pretty good job in staying at a healthy weight and size and she has a healthy attitude about it she could be turning to unhealthy methods for staying trim in front of the camera but she chooses to be a real person and real people gain weight from time to time.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
Rachael Ray's body is an inspiration? Who knew? Return the shoes? I can't talk to you when you're hysterical.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I agree re: Rachel Ray's huge weight fluctuations, which are obviously NOT healthy. I also think she has a very average body, and that most women are striving to be fitter than just 'average'.
godogblog godogblog 10 years
She's a chunk!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I would never want to 'Get the Bod' of Rachael Ray (or her mouth for that matter), but I would rather have her philosophy on food instead. Believe me, I'd rather be interested in how Kate Hudson or Charlize Theron maintain their bodies, but I think Rachael is fit in her attitudes towards diet and exercise both as a chef as well as a human being. And another thing, the best people I have ever met have bodies that match Rachael's more than any A-lister out there. But while the A-lister's inspire us to work hard and instill good discipline, Rachael reminds us of striking a balance between a healthy body and a sound mind.
princessbummi princessbummi 10 years
I dont hate rachel ray, and i have nothing against her body. but if i was gonna choose someone as my motivation for working out, i would not choose her. “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping” - Bo Derek
smoochiez smoochiez 10 years
I personally love rachael because she understands that a lot of people struggle with weight and is even making a special segment on her show for those that can barely fit exercise in their schedule. Some people read too much into the TITLE of this post and focus on that when it should be on good health which Rachael is promoting.
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
Haha, my body is SO much nicer than Rachel Ray's body, and I'm nowhere near Biel or Alba. She's a little on the big side to be a 'role model' for fitness, no? I find it weird that Shape Magazine, which is all about fitness, would interview RR... she isn't toned at all. Maybe they are just doing it b/c she's all the rage right now.
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
I actually would love to look like her. I struggle with my weight, and she seems to have a nice attitude about it...
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I like Rachel Ray and agree that she would look different if she dressed for her body type. I watch her show in the mornings and have noticed that she looks bigger because of the way she dresses for trends. I like the fact that she was highlighted here because not every womans goal is to look like J.Beil. Some women are really just trying to fit in exercise when they can and its nice to see a happy woman in the public eye who eats! Shes not fat, shes average size! That's what America looks like and it aint bad!!!
Iwillmarryunick Iwillmarryunick 10 years
I agree with FitSugar but I also agree with the other posters that commented on rather having their own bodies before RR's. Personally, I am the same height at RR but weigh WAY less just b/c of how I am built.
englishgrad englishgrad 10 years
FitSugar, I like your comment. Maybe I wouldn't necessarily want RR's body per se, it is important to highlight women who are healthy and happy. NOT super thin with a lifetime membership to the ER! Now, that being said, I think you should highlight Nigella Lawson because that is a beautiful woman who loves to eat and looks curvy and fantastic. Not sure what her excercise regime is, but I would be interested to know. :)
GolferGirl GolferGirl 10 years
No way in heck would I want RR's body. I'd stick with my own first. Someone mentioned she has a happy marriage: how happy can it be if her husband is cheating?
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 10 years
Wow, commentroversy! First I don't think my comment could ever be seen as hating on Rachel--she's absolutely good at what she does (food tv, talk show, being chatty and fun) and a lot of her recipes are delicious (despite including a 1/2 c of olive oil). I 100% agree that women come in all shapes and sizes. The reason I referred to Jessica Biel is because she's (IMHO) a healthy version of Rachel. Biel is not stick thin, she has a butt and thighs, she doesn't have big fake boobies and she's into working out. I didn't compare Rachel to Nicole Kidman or Giselle because obviously we are talking about completely different body types. I also very much agree that being healthy should always be in the forefront of our minds, which is why I noted that her substantial weight fluctuations (not so bad the last year or so) are NOT something that anyone should emulate. I mean in the past, she has seriously probably fluctuated at least 20 pounds, which on a little short frame like hers does not seem to represent "health" to me. But then again, what do I know? In the end, I guess it's better to emulate her than Nicole Richie.
BeeMoney BeeMoney 10 years
I agree with both sides here. Rachael Ray doesn't have the "stereotypical" body strived for by millions of women, but that girl eats and I think she maintains herself well for the types of food she cooks. I think the only problem with her size and body is the way she dresses it. She doesn't dress to highlight her good points and take away from her bad. If she dressed for her shaped I think she would look very different. I love Rachael and I have all of her cook books, but some of her recipes are ridiculously fattening. I appreciate her most as a learning tool. I've learned so much about cooking, flavors, combinations, etc. from watching her shows.
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
I 100% agree that everyone has a different body type. There are women out there who could do exactly what Jessica Biel does to stay fit, but never look like her. We should be focused on being healthy and not on being skinny. Yes, Rachael Ray's face is a little chubby (helk, people could say mine is as well), but her body itself looks pretty good. She isn't perfect and I like that she is okay with that...because we all should understand that we won't ever be perfect. I am petite and pretty skinny. Yet my weight fluctuates at times too. That is just a part of life. :)
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