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Low-carb diet fan Kelly Ripa talks plastic surgery and Botox: Her workout tips

Low-carb diet fan Kelly Ripa talks plastic surgery: 'Botox changed my life'
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Kelly Ripa is a fitness fanatic who credits a low-carb diet and circuit-training for her buff body, but she's equally devoted to her beauty regimen, which includes regular Botox injections.

“Botox has changed my life,” Ripa said on Andy Cohen's talk show. “It’s cut my getting-ready time in half, because suddenly my eyelids are no longer resting on my eyelashes!”

When asked how much Botox she gets, Kelly replied, "As much as possible!" While Kelly has denied getting other plastic surgery, she freely admits to "lots of" Botox, saying she also gets Botox injected into her armpits to minimize sweating.

Despite her enthusiasm for the wrinkle-reducing cosmetic enhancement, Ripa insists she's not encouraging other women to get it.

“I’m not advocating for it one way or the other,” she said. “The key is being a minimalist. [Some people] go overboard. Your cheeks are not supposed to block out your eyes when you smile!”

Low-Carb, Mostly Vegetarian Diet and Circuit-Training

Ripa has been equally open about her dedication to diet and exercise. Kelly has been training with fitness coach Anna Kaiser of AKT In Motion for the past three years, Shape reported.

Ripa works out four to five days a week for 90 minutes per session, combining intense cardio exercise with plyometric and flexibility moves. "Kelly's work ethic is more insane than anyone I’ve ever met!" said Kaiser. "She’s so driven, present, excited, and focused."

Kelly also runs three to five miles several days a week on her own and takes spinning classes. The mom of three said she needs to exercise a lot to calm her mind because she's a chronic worrier.

"I work out every day. It's part of my life," Kelly, 43. "I do it more for my insides than my outside, but the outside gets a nice benefit, too. I feel like my mind is a little quieter when I exercise."

Ripa's low-carb diet focuses on organic vegetables, salads, omega-3-rich fatty fish, and eliminates sugar and processed foods. She's not vegetarian but calls herself a "vegetarian who occasionally eats sushi."

Low-carb diets such as the Atkins, ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.

Was Fat-Shamed Early In Career

While Ripa is now hailed for her chiseled, fat-free physique, she said she was fat-shamed during her twenties, when she starred on the soap opera, "All My Children."

Ripa, who was heavier back then, said she received a barrage of nasty fan letters during her 12-year stint on the daytime TV show, which she used to propel her self into the best shape of her life.

Kelly said she keeps one of the notes framed on her dressing room wall at her talk show, "Live! With Kelly and Michael." The note reads, "Eat a carrot, you fat bastard."

Ripa, the author of I Love You, Mom! was pregnant at the time, and her pregnancy had not been written into her character's storyline.

Kelly said she keeps the note around to remind herself to constantly improve. Ripa, who was teased for being chubby as a child, now has the lean, rippling physique of a pro athlete, thanks to her fitness-minded lifestyle.

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