Want Melissa Gorga's ab-tastic tummy? Then get ready to work for it.
"I actually do a lot of squats all summer long, and I do a lot of things to tone my legs, as well as a lot of sit-ups. I work my lower abs, my upper abs," the Real Housewives of New Jersey star tells Celebuzz about her gym rat routine. "I do thousands of sit-ups in the summertime because I'm always in a bikini and showing my stomach." Thousands? Yikes.
The mom of three – who placed 65th on the site's Hot Bodies Countdown -- now enjoys working out three times a week, although that wasn't always her attitude toward exercise. "I was the queen of excuses, thinking, ‘Oh, I don't really need to; I'm skinny, I don't really feel like it.' But, when you start working out, you see that everything starts to tighten up and everything starts to tone — and it's worth it."
Of course, Melissa notes that eating right is half the battle, too. "I never really, truly diet, but I always eat right and I make it part of my lifestyle. I tend to go for fruits and salads," the petite singer says and shares what's on the Gorga dinner menu. "The recipe I've been making a lot lately is chicken breast sliced really, really thin with Bruschetta on top of it – fresh tomatoes mixed with olive oil, garlic and parsley and a little bit of white wine drizzled over it. You don't really feel like you're eating that healthy, but you are. I also make chicken sliced thin into cutlets, with fresh spinach, garlic and olive oil on top of it."
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