Brooke Burke Charvet is in the best shape of her life at 44, thanks to her lifelong dedication to diet and exercise. Burke credits a balanced low-carb diet, waist training, and rigorous workouts for her slammin' bikini body.
Burke Charvet, the former host of "Dancing With the Stars," teaches exercise classes in her hometown of Malibu, Calif., several days a week. The super-fit mom of four said if you want to look and feel great, you have to work out regularly.
"It's gotta happen year-round," said Brooke. "Everybody's trying to cram in the bikini quick fix, but I don't do things necessarily different in summer time. If you're not sweating, you're not working out hard enough. You have to work to fatigue, you have to work to sweat. You gotta get your heart rate up to blast fat."
Burke Charvet, who quickly regained her sizzling bikini body after four pregnancies, follows a low-carb Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds.
The Mediterranean diet is considered by many nutritionists as the best for enhancing weight loss, heart health and preventing diabetes. "I eat a Mediterranean diet," said Brooke. "I eat fish. I eat meat. I eat a lot of vegetables, try to keep it fresh and green.
"I don't really do raw, but I try to eat a lot of different colors, soups, salads. I eat a lot of sushi as well. I drink a lot of green tea and a lot of lemon water."
Burke Charvet said mixing up your exercise routine is the best way to prevent injury and work out your entire body. Brooke does SoulCycling spinning workouts, lifts light weights and does calisthenics.
Brooke also said wearing a corset was responsible for her stunning post-baby weight loss after each of her four pregnancies.
"Wrapping your post-partum belly is a concept that has been around for centuries," said Burke Charvet, who has her own line of belly wraps called Baboosh.
It works as a compression garment. It helps the swelling of the uterus go back down to its original size and it supports all that baggy baby skin. It is a great, great way to get back in shape."
While she has always been a positive, upbeat person, Brooke said her unexpected cancer diagnosis shook her to the core.
"It was a really scary time for my family," she said. "I felt like a piñata. Sometimes s—t happens in your life, and it's not about what's happening. It's about how you deal with it, how you survive it, how you overcome it."
'Exercise Is My Antidepressant'
Burke Charvet underwent thyroid surgery to remove a benign tumor in her throat in December 2012, and has since recovered fully. She said exercise is her antidepressant.
Over the years, Brooke has released a line of highly rated fitness videos. She revealed her diet, workout and weight-loss secrets in her best-selling DVD, Brooke Burke Body: 30-Day Slim Down.
As she has gotten older, Burke has learned to exercise smarter, not longer. Her workouts never exceed an hour, but she gets great results by pumping up the intensity.
Ironically, Brooke said she has gotten in better shape over the years by exercising less and eating more dietary fat. "I was very strict and ate hardly any fat and very little carbs [when I was younger], whereas now I cook with oils and eat nuts and avocados," she said.
Burke said her active, fitness-conscious lifestyle helps her navigate her hectic work and family life. "I make myself a priority," she said. "I really believe in putting pen to paper and scheduling your workouts and doing something you enjoy."
Brooke revealed how she juggles fitness, motherhood and a hectic career in her memoir, The Naked Mom.