[unicorn chef]Padma Lakshmi Enjoys Summer Breeze in Red String Bikini

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  Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi heated things up over the weekend, sharing a video of herself floating in a pool, in a popular unicorn inner tube, wearing a bright red string bikini. “Summer breeze makes me feel fine / Blowin’ through the jasmine in my mind,” she captioned the clip. The 50-year-old looked phenomenally fit in the tiny swimsuit, eliciting so many comments from her followers, including pal Drew Barrymore: “Heck yeah. You are so beautiful inside, out and simply put… beautiful all around!!!!!!” she wrote. So, how does the celebrity mom manage to make 50 look like 20, despite a career that involves eating thousands of calories a day while she is shooting her hit show? Read on for 9 of Padma Lakshmi’s diet and fitness tips and tricks that she’s told others, and the photos that prove they work.

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  Padma does a food detox after every season of Top Chef, revealing that she gains up to 17 pounds as a result of eating on the show. “It’s no sweets, no red meat, no wheat, no alcohol, no fried food, no dairy except for cottage cheese or low-fat yogurt. But this is a milder version—like, I can fall off the wagon one day a week,” she told Health.

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  SANTA ROSA, CA - MAY 10: Top Chef host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi partners with Stacy’s Pita Chips to launch The Stacy’s Rise Project, an initiative to provide funding, networking, and mentorship to female founders of food and beverage businesses, on May 10, 2019 at Alice’s Circular Summit in Santa Rosa, California.  (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Frito-Lay North America)SANTA ROSA, CA - MAY 10: Top Chef host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi partners with Stacy’s Pita Chips to launch The Stacy’s Rise Project, an initiative to provide funding, networking, and mentorship to female founders of food and beverage businesses, on May 10, 2019 at Alice’s Circular Summit in Santa Rosa, California.  (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Frito-Lay North America)Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for Frito-Lay North America

  To make sure her diet is healthy and balanced, Padma has a little trick, which she revealed to Women’s Health: She splits her plate into halves consisting of 50 percent fruits and vegetables; 50 percent simple carbs, starch, and lean protein.

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  While she’s filming anything goes, she told Women’s Health. But when she isn’t working, Padma focuses her diet on mostly plant-based foods, allowing herself some chicken, fish, ground turkey, and veal.

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  NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Padma Lakshmi attends Endometriosis Foundation Of America's 10th Annual Blossom Ball on May 08, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Endometriosis Foundation of America )NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Padma Lakshmi attends Endometriosis Foundation Of America's 10th Annual Blossom Ball on May 08, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Endometriosis Foundation of America )Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Endometriosis Foundation of America

  Padma avoids alcohol and chugs H2O instead. “I drink a lot of water—three liters a day,” she told Health. “I can tell by how much I’m peeing.”

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  NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 11: Padma Lakshmi attends the 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on January 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards)NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 11: Padma Lakshmi attends the 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on January 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards)Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards

  Because her job involves eating—a lot—and diabetes runs in her family, Padma keeps tabs on her weight and blood sugar levels with the help of a professional before and after each season. “My parents are diabetic,” she said. She also takes a preventive medication to regulate blood-sugar levels while she’s filming. “Those chefs are cooking to win, so they’re putting in as much lard and butter and salt as they can,” she told Women’s Health.

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  Padma works out at least five times a week for 90 minutes, she revealed to Women’s Health. One of her go-to forms of cardio? Jumping rope. She revealed to Women’s Health that she does 2,000 strokes every day, which takes about 35 minutes, stopping after every 100 strokes to take a water break. She also does strength training. Her sessions include weight lifting, including classic squats, lunges, and dumbbell curls, two or three times a week. “He’s there to watch my form, and he spends most of his time telling me not to do something,” she said about her trainer Tony. She also does 30 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, treadmill, or slide board. On other days, she gets her fight on at Mendez Boxing for an hour, and once “all warm,” heads to pilates.

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  Padma attributes her fantastic figure and even her posture to Pilates. “I started going to Pilates a few years ago, because my chiropractor recommended it for my back,” she told Women’s Health. “Pilates changed my body. It made me strong in places I didn’t know I needed to be. I have a butt now that I didn’t have during my modeling career!”

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  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Padma Lakshmi poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Padma Lakshmi poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp

  Due to a recent back injury, she focuses a lot of time on physical therapy. In fact, she told Women’s Health that one of the viral popular posture correctors, which she wore for several hours a day, is partially to blame.

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  Group of sporty people practicing yoga lesson, doing Child exercise, Balasana pose, working out, indoor full length, mixed race female students training at club or studio. Well being, fitness conceptGroup of sporty people practicing yoga lesson, doing Child exercise, Balasana pose, working out, indoor full length, mixed race female students training at club or studio. Well being, fitness conceptGroup of sporty people practicing yoga lesson, doing Child exercise, Balasana pose, working out, indoor full length, mixed race female students training at club or studio. Well being, fitness concept

  ”I’m the only Indian who doesn’t do yoga,” she admitted to Health about the one workout she avoids. “It’s hard on my joints, but that’s me. I think yoga is great for a lot of people—it’s certainly worked for Madonna. I think it’s also because I’m Indian, and whenever I go to do a class and I hear a Western person say those Sanskrit words, in workout wear, in a context that I frankly don’t associate with those words—because I’m Hindu—it’s just my own thing.”