Giada De Laurentiis credits a portion-controlled diet and daily workouts for her sizzling size-two body.
De Laurentiis showed off her willowy physique while making her modeling debut Feb. 6 at New York Fashion Week's Heart Truth Dress Collection show. The event was sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease among women.
The slender 5-foot-2 Giada said the most common question fans ask is her diet secret for staying thin despite being around food all day.
"I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of everything," De Laurentiis told the Las Vegas Sun Feb. 6. "I eat a little bit of pasta, but not a lot. I maybe eat a little more chocolate than I should. Even today, I nibbled on a lot of things. I had some parmesan cheese, and I have almonds that I always carry with me."
De Laurentiis, 43, said never overeating is her No. 1 diet secret. "A lot of times at the end of the day when I’m working like this, I will end up having one meal, and the rest of the time it’s a snack," she said. "Usually dinner, just because it’s when my husband and daughter eat a meal together."
The Food Network beauty also exercises every day, doing yoga, hiking, and Pilates workouts. “Morning workouts, every day, are the best thing for me," said Giada, who has a six-year-old daughter, Jade, with husband Todd Thompson.
"I do yoga, which I got into while I was pregnant, or a half hour on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill. Getting up and getting my blood going gives me energy for the whole day."
De Laurentiis is currently preparing for the grand opening of her first restaurant, Giada, in Las Vegas. She said the menu will be varied, and will include plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.
"I will have a vegan and a gluten-free menu," said Giada. "And what I want people to understand is it doesn’t have to be an afterthought.
"I think people felt guilty for being vegetarian or whatever their restrictions were because most chefs felt like, 'I will just get some vegetables and saute them for you.' They should be able to enjoy food like the rest of us. My last cookbook is all about that, so I’m definitely on that train."
Giada shared her diet secrets and favorite recipes in her book Giada's Feel-Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets.