Padma Lakshmi out and about in New York City

Padma Lakshmi

Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi was spotted out and about in New York City in a colorful fuzzy jacket and leggings. Padma told Fitness Magazine about her healthy eating habits:

So how do you lose the weight you gain on the show?

I follow a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat. And I work out five days a week, boxing three days, lifting weights the other two.

What are your healthiest habits?
I drink a homemade cleanse of two ounces of pure cranberry juice, six ounces of either green tea or plain water, one Emergen-C Vitamin C packet, and a teaspoon of fiber powder three times a day. I also drink two to three liters of water a day.

You’ve been quoted as saying, “I would rather spend half my life at the gym and eat whatever I want than sit on my ass and starve.” Do you still feel that way?
Yes, 100 percent. I love food way too much to starve myself just to look good. I will put in the work at the gym so I can enjoy what I eat.

What’s your food weakness? 
I have lots of them. Pizza, nachos, cheese, potato chips, fried chicken. I believe in everything in moderation. I never say, “No, I can’t have any of that.” I have it and enjoy it! After I finish this photo shoot, I’m going out for pizza, and I’m literally going to take down a whole large pie by myself.

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