Hips: 43 in.
Waist: 31 in
Weight Loss Plan: I’ve deemed this week’s strategy The Top Chef Recovery Plan (pp. 116 of the Jan. 2011 issue of Redbook)
Imagine you had a job that required you to eat a gourmet meal every week. Sure, it sounds fab, but before you know it the calories add up and your pants need an elastic waist band.
This is the kind of situation Padma Lakshmi faces as the host of Top Chef. Fortunately she developed a way to drop the 10 lbs. she gains each season, and via Redbook, we now know her secret.
Here’s the plan that I’ve affectionately titled The Top Chef Recovery Plan. It isn’t much different from Sweeney’s plan, but there are addendums.
- No sweets (Migraines have tapered off from last week, so I’m hoping I’ll lose my cravings for sugar this week.)
- No red meat (In my dreams, I’ll be running towards a steak with legs to the Chariots of Fire theme song.)
- No alcohol (I still don’t drink.)
- Veggies like peppers, onions, garlic, etc. (Easy.)
|My attempt at an egg white omelet. More like scrambled egg whites.|
- Toast (Plain? Yikes.)
- Grapefruit (What about clementines? Those count, right?)
- Garbonzo beans (I don’t think I could pick out a garbonzo bean in a bean line-up.)
- Turkey burger (Now, we’re talking.)
- Vietnamese noodles with chicken or shrimp (You had me at noodles, though I draw the brows together at “Vietnamese”. We’ll see.)
Lakshmi doesn’t have a lot of time to work out because of the new baby and what-not, but really what woman does? We’re mothers, teachers, moral-leaders, housekeepers, chefs, bakers, gardeners, activists, employees, hobbyists, philanthropists, volunteers, and the list goes on. To fit in her workouts, here’s what Lakshmi did and what I’m going to do too: