Top Chef Padma Lakshmi Reveals the Workout That “Changed” Her Body For the Better

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At age 49, most assume their best body is behind them—but not Padma Lakshmi.

In the September issue of Women’s Health, Lakshmi shares that Pilates has redefined her body. “I started going to Pilates a few years ago, because my chiropractor recommended it for my back,” she says. “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!”

While being a star on Top Chef as well as her new Hulu show Taste the Nation, Lakshmi consumes up to 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day, so staying in shape can be difficult. Pilates helps to strengthen the backside and core areas.


When cooking, Lakshmi says she always considers her 10-year-old daughter, Krishna. “I’m trying to think through the practice of cooking with Krishna. I want to pass down more than just heritage and culture—also how to live ethically, and be kind and fair and detail-oriented.”

We can all seek inspiration from Padma: Finding a balance between great food and working out is key!

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