Kelly Ripa's Diet Strategies For Looking And Feeling Great

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Health & Lifestyle
Fatima Araos

Kelly Ripa’s super-fit body doesn’t look a day older than when she was in her 20s and played Hayley Vaughan in All My Children's soap opera. Some might even say she looks fitter now – three decades later, at 51 years old and with three children!

How does she do it? She says it’s a combination of healthy eating, a lot of gym time, and a lifestyle change that has impacted her well-being.

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She Follows The Alkaline Diet

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The actress and talk show host follows the alkaline diet (that is, a diet low in acid), saying in an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, “It has changed my life... I swear I think it's responsible for me not being in pain.”

She also explained to People, “I believe inflammation is one of the great killers of people, in different ways. Whether it’s digestive problems, or heart health, or brain inflammation. Inflammation really affects your body in totality, so I try to maintain a really alkaline diet.”

'A Very Manageable Cleanse'

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Ripa first tried the diet, which is mostly vegan, as a cleanse in 2015 when she was in physical therapy for some injuries. Back then, she said that it was “a very manageable cleanse” and not one that made her hungry.

“I actually eat much more on this cleanse than I do in my actual life, but it’s what you eat and how you eat it,” she told People.

The soap opera alum admitted that there were still certain items she just had to have, like coffee with cream.

Her Fitness Routine

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Aside from her diet, Ripa also focuses on exercise to achieve her toned physique. She swears by AKT, or the Anna Kaiser Technique, a combination of dance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

“There are a lot of people that don’t have to work out, and I am so happy for them, but I have to work out for my body type,” she told People. “It’s part of my routine. It’s part of my ritual. It doesn’t just make me look better, but it makes me emotionally feel better.”

She Gave Up Alcohol

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The Live with Kelly and Ryan host also revealed that she quit alcohol in 2017 and found that she looked and felt better after doing it. Her nutritionist Daryl Gioffre told Women’s Health that the decision was “just about taking care of herself” and “she just knows what her body needs and what it doesn't need.”

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