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Kara DioGuardi in Women's Health April 2010

Kara DioGuardi Covers Women's Health

Since suffering from an eating disorder in her 20s, Kara DioGuardi has come a long way. With Paula Abdul gone, she is the current Queen Bee on American Idol; she also has an accomplished career as a songwriter and music producer. And at 38, she looks damn good — something she shared with the world during the series finale of American Idol last year. Kara stripped down to a black bikini to battle it out with a contestant known as "Bikini Girl," a move that she tells Women's Health this month defined her: "It probably saved my job. It was a defining moment. Like, 'She's serious and industry, but also as kooky as everyone else on this panel.' "


Here are more highlights from the interview.

  • Battling an eating disorder. "I’d pretty much clean out the refrigerator. Food was my drug of choice. It anesthetized me so I wouldn’t have to feel whatever I was feeling. I’d stuff myself full of sugar and fall asleep."
  • On eating healthy. "The more roughage you eat, the more it fills you up."
  • On the importance of water. "Two huge bottles a day, minimum. I have them around — one upstairs, one in the car — to force me to remember."
  • Her exercise routine. "Two miles of running or 25 minutes of cardio — boxing, treadmill, step-ups, walking lunges, sprints. I mix it up. And weight training is important as you get older. You build muscle which burns fat when you’re at rest."

To see the rest of the interview, pick up a copy of Women's Health, on newsstands tomorrow.

Photo courtesy of Fox

Join The Conversation
jkat jkat 7 years
Chloe Bella ... I think that makes worse. And I don't quite buy it. I am not so sure that firing a female host because she wouldn't take her clothes of on national TV when it was in no way related to her employment per her original contract would be the best legal move for AI producers.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Regarding the bikini incident, if you read the article, she had adamantly opposed stripping down to a bikini but was basically told by the show's producers that she had to, so she acquiesced at the last minute. So it wasn't like it was HER idea to strip down in front of millions. On a different note, it's good to see someone bringing awareness to binge eating because I feel like articles on eating disorders usually focus on under-eating.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 7 years
I'd never heard of Kara DioGuardi before I saw her on American Idol (and to be honest, I don't watch Idol that much either; and I'm not American, so I'm not sure how high profile she is in the music business), but Paula Abdul used to make me so uncomfortable with her strange behaviour and comments that I was always surprised she lasted as long on the show as she did. What caught my eye, though, was the cover of Women's Health, where almost every cover story is related to weight. And the one that isn't is related to sex. That seems to be the prevailing trend of health magazines and it's kind of annoying. There *is* more to health than weight and sex.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Kara is horrid. When she ripped off her dress, my feelings for her went from annoyance to anger. Paula's been absolutely tiny since day 1 and always had more class than to strip in front of millions. More importantly though, as a judge, she constantly praises people for their "story" and "star power" and I rarely agree with her.. she pushes through these contestants that won't sell any records because they're not amazing SINGERS.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I subscribe to Women's Health, but honestly, American Idol annoys me so much that I don't think I'll ever read her interview.
jkat jkat 7 years
The onstage Bikini Girl thing is weird. She is a successful, talented, accomplished woman...why would she feel the need to strip down to compete with some twit? It kind of makes me feel sad inside ... I don't see the humor in it. It's great that she has a rockin bod and works hard for it, but it perplexes me should want to reduce herself to that when her other accomplishments in her field are so much more impressive. I would never walk into court and take my clothes off. It's just weird.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Good for her! It's good to hear about women with eating disorders discuss how they overcame them and are now living a healthy lifestyle. Go Kara!!
I feel bad because I'm sure she's a good person, but I don't like her because I feel like she was used to push Paula out. I'm sure that's not true but I just cant warm up to her. But these are good tips and eating habits.
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