Brooke Burke Charvet credits the Mediterranean diet and rigorous daily workouts for her sensational body at 44.
The mother of four is doing well after overcoming a thyroid cancer scare. Brooke underwent thyroid surgery to remove a benign tumor in her throat in December 2012, and said exercise is her antidepressant, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“Working to fatigue and pushing yourself to your limit every time you work out is what I’m totally into,” she said. “I’m smarter [about my body] than I was in my 20s and 30s.”
Burke Charvet said eating well is important for looking and feeling her best. “We try to eat a Mediterranean diet: lots of greens, lots of fish, lots of vegetables,” she said. “I believe in good fuel and putting the right things in our body and drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep.”
The Mediterranean diet, which is based on the traditional eating plans of the Italian, Greek and Spanish cultures, prevents heart disease and promotes natural weight loss, said Michael Ozner, author of The Complete Mediterranean Diet.
Studies show the Mediterranean diet — which emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, vegetables, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and seed — also promotes longevity, and prevents high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Over the years, Brooke has released a line of highly rated fitness videos. She revealed her diet, workout and weight-loss secrets in her best-selling DVD, Brooke Burke Body: 30-Day Slim Down.
Burke Charvet also teaches a workout class several days a week in Malibu, where she lives, and goes to Pilates classes.
As she has gotten older, Brooke has learned to exercise smarter, not longer. Charvet said her workouts never exceed an hour, but she gets great results by pumping up the intensity.
Burke Charvet, who has four children (including three daughters) wants to be a positive fitness role model for her kids, so she never uses the words “fat” or “diet” in front of them.
While many Hollywood celebrities dread getting older, Brooke is proud of how she looks and feels. “I work hard for [my fit physique],” she said. “It’s a commitment, and it feels good to be in shape.”
Brooke Burke revealed how she juggles motherhood, a happy marriage, fitness and a flourishing career in her memoir, The Naked Mom.