Padma Lakshmi reveals she eats over 7,000 calories a day when filming ‘Top Chef’

The model focuses on healthy eating and fitness when cameras aren't rolling

Padma Lakshmi revealed that she eats anywhere from 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day while filming “Top Chef."

The caloric intake comes from the TV personality's job of sampling more than 30 dishes each episode, she revealed in a new interview with Women’s Health.

“Those chefs are cooking to win, so they’re putting in as much lard and butter and salt as they can," Lakshmi, 49, told the outlet.

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The former model also revealed she started taking preventative diabetic medication to regulate her blood sugar levels during filming because diabetes runs in her family. “My parents are diabetic,” she said.

In addition to a healthy eating routine, which she detailed to the outlet, Lakshmi has a robust fitness schedule.

“I started going to Pilates a few years ago, because my chiropractor recommended it for my back,” she said. The “Top Chef” star was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13. “Pilates changed my body. It made me strong in places I didn’t know I needed to be.”

Padma Lakshmi at the 2018 Emmy Awards

Padma Lakshmi at the 2018 Emmy Awards (2018 Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

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Lakshmi added: “I have a butt now that I didn’t have during my modeling career!”