Open Post: Hosted By Padma Lakshmi Saying She Eats 8,000 To 9,000 Calories A Day While Filming “Top Chef”

May 3, 2023 / Posted by:

The other night, Padma Lakshmi went on  Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and she and Jimmy Kimmel got to talkin’ about her new Sports Illustrated photo shoot. Entertainment Tonight reports that Padma told Jimmy that she would’ve killed for the opportunity as a twenty-something model, but now, at age 52, the prospect of posing in a bikini totally freaked her out.  Padma says she immediately thought, “I gotta go to the gym!” Fortunately, she was already hitting the gym hard cuz she was trying to work off the weight she’d gained while filming the latest season of Top Chef. Jimmy asked how many calories Padma eats while filming Top Chef, and she answered “8 or 9,000 calories a day. Easily!” Big whoop, I can eat 9,000 calories in one sitting (when I’m blackout drunk and feasting on Mcdonald’s).

Here’s exactly what Padma said about getting the Sports Illustrated gig. via ET:

“I would have killed for it when I was in my 20s and a model because it is the holy grail and they never even called me for anything like this. And I really thought that ship had passed, to be honest,” Lakshmi shared of the opportunity on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “So when I got the call now a few months ago, I was like, ‘You’re fucking shitting me, really?’ I did not believe the news on the phone. And then I started freaking out.”

“I was like, ‘I gotta go to the gym. Oh my god!’ Luckily, I was already hitting the gym pretty hard because it had been just a month since I got home from filming Top Chef,” she revealed.

Padma revealed that her 8,000-9,000 calorie-a-day average is usually during the first half of the season when the show still has a lot of contestants. In a past interview with ET, Padma revealed that she typically gains around 10-15 pounds during a season of Top Chef:

“And then, what it takes me 6 to 8 weeks to gain, it takes me 12 to 14 weeks to lose. And I’m in the gym constantly! You know, I’m older now, I’ve had a baby. It’s hard. It’s really, really hard.”

Here’s Padma’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!:

And here’s more of Padma in SI: Swimsuit Edition.

I’m a die-hard Top Chef superfan, and I like Padma. But to be able to eat 9,000 calories a day for two months, and then, a couple of months after that, you’re posing for Sports Illustrated with that bangin’ bod? Life’s not fair. And I’m sure she works her ass off at the gym, but let’s be real: you don’t get to be a model without some very lucky genes. God damn my ancestors and their stupid dumpy bodies!

Pic: BauerGriffin/INSTARimages

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