If you have ever watched “Top Chef” then you have seen the amount of food the judges have to consume during the season. Regardless of the amount of fattening food; Padma Lakshmi has maintained her model physique. Here is a look behind the show and into the workout and eating habits of Padma.
Padma has said that during the seven weeks that Top Chef is filming, she works out 12-15 hours per week.
If you do the math, that’s two hour workouts six or seven days per week.
You have to keep in mind that she has to. She’s trying to combat eating thousands of extra calories per day judging the food on the show.
If you aren’t planning on judging a food contest (and all the calories that come with that), you can cut out about 9 hours per week of lifting and get the same results.
Padma Boxes three times per week, lifts weights, does cardio on the treadmill and rollerskates.
If you’ve never done a boxing workout, I like it for all of the same reasons I like kettlebells – it blends strength and cardio and it’s intense.
While I’d like to get a little more info on Padma’s weight training routine, I’d be shocked if it wasn’t *gasp* circuits including squats and lunges, maybe some deadlifts and some upper body free weight stuff. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, that’s pretty much the standard “being on TV” workout.
Padma Eats Super “Clean” All The Time
Padma cuts out as much sugar and fat as possible, and tries to only eat carbohydrates and lean protein.
She’s all about fruits and veggies and drinking enough water.
I’m telling you girls and guys, there’s no magic to it. People who are lean eat good food.
Even Padma’s snacks are awesome:
“Coming from the East, I love to graze on dry fruit and nuts and crudites with Middle Eastern yogurt dip made with za’atar powder. Other snacks I like are an apple with lo-fat peanut butter or non-fat cottage cheese with rye crackers or celery.”
Padma’s first book is Easy Exotic, about how models eat to stay thin. I’m going to pick this book up ’cause I’m getting in a phase where I totally dig cooking again.
Her second book is Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet is another book is the same style – world recipies made simple and easy for anyone to cook.
Sometimes I feel like who-ever cooks the most wins. Seriously, my clients that subscribe to Cooking Light always drop weight and love their food.
It’s worth learning how to cook (source).
Like I always say, collect cookbooks, not diet books.
If Padma can still make time to stay healthy and fit then you can too! Use her Great advice to turn your body into a model’s physique.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)