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Kyle Richards Discusses Her Weight Loss and Fitness Journey: "It's Not Meant to be a Revenge Body"

“When I was younger, I used to work out to lose weight. Now it’s for me," The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills OG said.

By Cynthia Robinson

Over the past year, we've kept up with Kyle Richards' health journey as she's documented her various grueling workouts via Instagram and openly discussed the details of her weight loss. 

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“I’ve been working out so hard. I’m not just doing the cardio I used to do, I’m [also] lifting weights," The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills OG told E! News over the summer, also revealing she had a "breast reduction" and lost "12 pounds." 

More recently, Kyle shared even more information about her body transformation in a new interview, revealing everything from what she focuses on in her workouts to her newfound sobriety to her focus on mental health. 

Keep reading to find out more! 

Kyle Richards details her body transformation journey 

In a December interview with Us Weekly, Kyle detailed her motivation for her recent weight loss and upping her fitness game. 

"I had a breast reduction [in 2022], and I wasn’t able to work out for eight weeks," Kyle shared with the outlet. "At the time, I was on vacation in Europe, eating pasta and drinking wine and cocktails. By the end of the trip, I didn’t recognize myself. I had also just lost my best friend to suicide, and I wasn’t taking care of myself. And [it was] making me feel more depressed. So after we left, I said, 'That’s it. I’m not going to have bad carbs — no sugar, no pasta, no bread, no alcohol. And I’m going to work out every single day.'”

Kyle Richards reveals how much she weighs during health journey

Kyle noted that she doesn't want to lose any more weight after getting down to 117 pounds after her "heaviest" at 132. She also shared her intentions behind getting fit. 

Kyle Richards looking out towards a sunset while wearing a bikini in a pool

"[My body is] certainly not meant to be a revenge body. It’s meant to be an I-feel-good body," Kyle noted, seemingly referencing how some RHOBH viewers have correlated her weight loss to her recent separation from Mauricio Umansky

She added: “When I was younger, I used to work out to lose weight. "Now it’s for me — first and foremost, my mental health. The fact that it makes me look good is just a bonus.” 

Kyle Richards' diet and exercise routines

Kyle shared that while she's "always worked out," she was often doing similar routines, like going on hikes and swimming. More recently, she's changed up her game. 

"I started including weights, hot yoga [and] running, especially when going through a hard time. It really clears my head," the brunette beauty shared with the outlet, also noting she also does "a Peloton 10-minute abs thing." 

Kyle Workout 2

As for her healthy eating habits, Kyle detailed exactly what she consumes in a typical day. 

"Breakfast is either a protein shake with a banana or oatmeal with berries. For a snack, I like apples and peanut butter or string cheese. I eat raw nuts when I want something crunchy or a healthy popcorn," she stated. "Lunch is chicken or grilled fish on salad. At night, I eat a lot of salmon, halibut, chicken paillard with arugula and lemon. I like eating at home so I know what’s going into my food." 

She continued: "You have to be committed to both [diet and exercise]. If I don’t eat well, it affects my mood." 

Kyle Richards explains she quit drinking 

Kyle Richards at the red carpet for Bravocon 2023.

Since not having "one drop of alcohol since July 15, 2022," Kyle shared that she doesn't miss drinking

"After two glasses of wine, I’d wake up and feel [like I was] dragging. Like, “I’m going to skip my workout today. I’m tired, and I feel like having In-N-Out,'" she shared. "It was a domino effect. I was never a big drinker, so you’d think, how much of a difference could it make? But it really does."

The Beverly Hills native also shared the social pressures of becoming sober. "When you choose to stop drinking on your own, it’s interesting how it’s met with such resistance from your peers," she revealed. "In the beginning, I was like, I’m just going to pretend [I’m drinking]. I would whisper to the waiter, 'I’m going to order a vodka soda, and then just bring me a club soda.' But then a couple of my friends were like, “What are you doing? You drink margaritas.” It just got to the point where I was like, 'Why am I having to pretend at my age?' I think about my daughters and peer pressure, and here I am, feeling like I don’t want to be pressured into this. So I stopped pretending. I was just like, 'Guys, I promise you, I am still going to be fun.'”

The mom of four added she didn't see herself drinking again. "I love the way I feel and look."

Originally published Dec 28, 2023.

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