Padma Lakshmi is baring all while out in Denver filming the upcoming season of Top Chef. Well, maybe not all, but she's definitely baring her soul and opening up about about how filming has affected her always-fierce and flawless bikini bod.
"Week 5 of filming and hips getting rounder, thighs getting thicker...#topchefmemories #eatingmywaythroughcolorado," she shared on Instagram, alongside a photo of herself looking ab-solutely perfect in a blue two-piece. Padma has never been shy about revealing that she often gains weight while filming Top Chef.
"I don't keep a balance at all. I have to be good at my job and my job requires eating everything that's made on the show," she told The Daily Dish last year. "So for those weeks that I'm filming, I just put that aside. I can't be thinking about my waistline and about the judging and about what the chefs are doing. And so I just really focus on the food and say for these six weeks, just like most people do on Thanksgiving, I'm just going to throw caution to the wind and do my job well. And then when I'm finished filming, I'm going to take care of my health and make up for it really cleaning my system up, eating healthy, eating regularly [and] eating really nutritious food that's good for you."
And she admits that it does mess with her wardrobe (not that you could tell from that bikini shot). "Well first [what I wear on the show] starts with what fits because a lot of times I will grow out of the clothes that were bought for me a couple of months before once the show has started," she said. "I gain so much weight that we have clothes in different sizes on set. So it's usually what will work with my tummy bulge at the moment. I can go very bloated because of what we've eaten the challenge before [or] the quickfire the night before maybe there's a lot of soy sauce in it so I blow up like a tomato. And so a lot of my sartorial choices depend on what works on that day, but we also take the challenge into consideration. So I'm not gonna be wearing an evening gown if it's an outdoor barbecue."
Check out more photos of Padma, below.