For most people, losing 15 pounds is extremely hard, but for "Top Chef" beauty and (weight-loss pro) Padma Lakshmi, it's just another day on the job.
Lakshmi has gained and lost the same 15 pounds ten times during the past seven years, she told Fitness magazine Oct. 24.
Padma who has been hosting "Top Chef" since 2006, typically gains 15 pounds over six weeks of shooting a new season of the reality TV competition, and then promptly loses it within 12 weeks after shooting wraps.
Lakshmi's foolproof weight-loss regimen involves a strict diet, occasional juice cleanses, and rigorous workouts that include strength-training, boxing, and stair-climbing.
"I follow a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat," she said. "And I work out five days a week, boxing three days, lifting weights the other two.
To maintain my weight I strength-train, use the treadmill and elliptical, and box three times a week. I also do planks at home and jump rope. I carry a jump rope with me everywhere, especially when I'm working. It's a great way to squeeze in a quick workout and get your heart rate up when you don't have time to go to the gym."
Lakshmi, 43, followed a similar workout and diet regimen to shed 45 pounds in baby weight following the 2010 birth of her daughter, Krishna.
Unlike some celebrity moms who shed baby weight in record time, Lakshmi admits it took over a year to regain her slender pre-baby body.
"It took 13 months to get the weight off," she said. "It was hard. I went from a size 4 to a size 14 when I was pregnant. What's interesting is that, in my experience, men don't want skinny girls. When I was a size 14, I got much more attention from men than I do now."
As she progresses into her forties, the 5-foot-9 former model says she has to work out harder to stay in shape because her metabolism has slowed down.
I've seen a slow decline in my metabolism from the time I was 30. Even when I'm at my ideal weight, I have to work out regularly, otherwise I'm jiggly. So I exercise consistently, even if it's just doing some jumping jacks, planks and stairs or jumping rope for 10 minutes. I notice a difference if I go a week without exercise."
Padma, who admits a weakness for pizza, cheese, potato chips, fried chicken and nachos, said she would rather exercise more than starve herself to stay skinny.
"I love food way too much to starve myself just to look good," she said. "I will put in the work at the gym so I can enjoy what I eat."