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Carol Alt: Raw food diet and yoga workouts keep me smoking-hot at 53

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Supermodel Carol Alt is in the best shape of her life at 53, thanks to a raw-food diet and regular yoga workouts.

In an exclusive interview Feb. 17, Alt revealed how she has maintained effortless weight loss, defied the aging process, and dramatically improved her health by eating raw.

Alt, who has written three bestselling books on the raw food diet (including Easy, Sexy, Raw), now hosts the Fox News talk show, "A Healthy You and Carol Alt." She recently partnered with a holistic biotech company to unveil the first-ever raw vitamin line, Healthy Cell.

Alt is thrilled to share the natural health and beauty secrets that have helped her stay drop-dead gorgeous, skinny and youthful. Interestingly, Carol became a raw foodie during her early thirties after struggling with a weight problem.

"My journey started 17 years ago when a photographer came up to me at a photo shoot and said, 'You're not in swimsuit shape,'" recalled Alt, who has graced the covers of over 700 magazines.

Frustrated with her weight, Alt consulted a health expert, who advised her to eat as much raw vegetables, fruits, seared fish, cold-pressed oils and nuts as she wanted as long as it wasn't heated over 115 degrees.

The diet completely changed her life. The willowy 5-foot-11 Alt, who used to starve herself during her modeling days, now stays reed-thin without dieting, has barely aged during the past two decades, and rarely gets sick. Alt said the raw-food diet also cured her chronic indigestion and sinus infections.

What's more, she eats as much as she likes, is never hungry, and has off-the-charts energy. Food is no longer the enemy, but a means to great health.

I look at every meal as a way to heal myself and be kind to my body. Because raw food is so nutritionally dense, it’ll feed your body. A healthy diet is everything.

Carol is not a proponent of low-fat diets, and insists that eating lots of essential fatty acids like cold-pressed olive oil and coconut oil is the key to maintaining radiant skin and losing weight. She also does yoga three times a week and lots of stretching exercises to keep her muscles limber.

Alt, who was the cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 1982, appears in the 2014 SI Swimsuit issue in honor of the magazine's 50th anniversary. The issue hits newsstands Feb. 18.

Check out Carol's anti-aging weight-loss, diet and beauty secrets in her top-rated health books:

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