Brooke Burke's Smart Diet Advice

The Hollywood mom tells Health magazine how she's perfected the art of balance

March 14, 2014
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Staying in shape is obviously worth the effort, but let's be real, a healthy lifestyle is hard work, y'all. The planning and scheduling involved in avoiding processed foods and hitting the gym on the regular can, at times, feel overwhelming. That's why we're loving the flexible diet philosophy former Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet revealed in this month's issue of Health magazine.

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"I did a lot of [fad diets]," Burke told the mag. "I used to weigh my food. I used to measure my food. I used to work way too hard at eating, and spend way too much time at the gym."

But now? The healthy Hollywood mom (of four!) is far less hard on herself:

"Pizza, bagels, carbs -- when I crave it, I have it," she says. "You can't sacrifice all the time; there has to be joy. I'll eat as much as I want and then get back on the program."

And judging by her toned upper bod and crazy-flat stomach (FOUR KIDS, guys), Burke's food 'tude is obviously working for her. But we were curious: do experts agree with this type of "everything in moderation" approach to eating? And what about toning down your workouts? We asked; they answered:

Is moderation the key to a healthful diet?
"It can be," according to Brendan Davis, RD. "The message of moderation has been at the forefront of nutrition campaigns for decades, and it works well when the bulk of your diet consists of healthful foods with the occasional “treat” thrown in."

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Are more minutes at the gym, more miles on the road, and more group fitness classes always better?
"Years of research disprove the notion that a day off wrecks fitness; in fact, the opposite is true," says Ed Eystone, a two-time Olympic marathoner and long distance runner. "The loss of fitness and performance that occurs when you stop working out doesn't happen until you take more than two weeks off."

No, you won't lose your exercise mojo from taking it easy occasionally. In fact, most experts agree that a rest day or two each week is necessary for optimum fitness. The science supporting off days: recovery time allows you to replenish energy stores, reduce fatigue, and prevent injuries, says Eystone.

Unfortunately, we can't all look like Brooke Burke, but we can adopt her relaxed fitness philosophy: sweat often, eat well, and don't lose the joy!

—Written by Allie Burdick, Fitbie contributor

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