— — Brooke Burke-Charvet has a new book out called “Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less,” in which she’s helping people learn how to de-clutter not only their homes, but also their lives.

She certainly practices what she teaches, too.

“It’s so important to figure out how to have less so that you can have more,” she said on “Good Morning America” today. “It’s not just the material possessions, it’s about learning how to say ‘no,’ it’s about not being overly scheduled. The power of ‘no,’ being able to say ‘no’ to things you don’t really enjoy and do it without guilt so you have more room in your life to do what you love.”

Burke-Charvet explained how she gets her family of four to unplug from their devices and how she gets rid of objects they do not need.

“It’s a little bit of an obsession for me,” she said. “I have to stay organized to really manage my family or else I would drown in the chaos. I wrote one of the stories in the book and it’s all about gift, give, garbage. I like to donate, I like to give away to girlfriends, I like to share items in my closet that others might enjoy, but it’s also about teaching my children about how to get rid of things that they don’t need.”

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less” was released on April 19.

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Brooke Burke on Healthy Life Balance (When You’re Not Always Perfect)

Brooke Burke’s philosophy: Work with what you’ve got-and why not have some fun while you’re at it? The 39-year-old celeb mom has given up striving for perfection and instead focuses on doing her best. And that’s one of the reasons Brooke Burke wrote her book, The Naked Mom, a survival manual for mothers (and everyother woman for that matter) trying to artfully keep all those balls in the air. “Women need to hear the words ‘It’s okay if things don’t go exactly the way you want them to,'” she says. “Give yourself a break!”Here, Brooke Burke gives no-nonsense advice on everything from living a healthy lifestyle to her personal bucket list.

Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip #1: Fad Diets are Not Fab Diets”I’ve tried just about every crazy diet you can imagine,” says Brooke, a former swimsuit model. “But now I’ve learned what really works for my body.” Brooke and her family follow a Mediterranean diet, which includes lean grilled beef, chicken, fish (she loves salmon-try this healthy honey salmon recipe), salads, vegetables, and, of course, olive oil. “I also eat five small meals a day,” she says. “And I never skip breakfast, even if it’s just a protein shake. I can honestly say that I’ve never been healthier or fitter in my life.”

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Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip #2: No Excuses: Exercise

Brooke Burke has always been a dedicated workout girl, but with four kids, it takes some creative scheduling to fit exercise in. “I keep a large weekly calendar in my kitchen where I write down every event that’s happening in our lives,” she says. “I always pencil in my workouts there so I’ll really do them.” In a perfect world, she exercises five days a week. When she’s doing DWTS, she drops the kids off at school and heads to the gym for a cardio workout. “I get on the treadmill, put it at a 15 percent incline and walk at about 3.5 miles per hour,” she says. “I’m also crazy about Pilates Plus, which I do three times a week. The class is 55 minutes, head to toe. In that short amount of time, I’ve done everything I need to do. And for a working mom, what could be better?”

MORE DANCING WITH THE STARS: Find out how this DWTS pro got her sexy body

Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip #3: Confidence Trumps DNA

Of all the benefits of exercise, the one Brooke values most is the self-confidence it gives her. “There’s something magical about a woman who feels comfortable in her own skin,” she says. “Power and beauty come from a very deep place. You can look at a supermodel and, yes, she’s beautiful, but then you meet a woman who just has something special about her, who becomes more attractive as you get to know her. The older a woman gets, the more she can tap into that-at least that’s what I’ve experienced personally. It’s about owning who you are.”

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Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip # 4: A Bucket List is Motivating

A year ago, Brooke was inspired to come up with a bucket list. “Every woman should give herself an hour to dream and write down her desires,” she says. “Once I started focusing on the things I wanted, they all started coming true.” Proof positive it works: Number 20 on her list was to be on the cover of SHAPE. “I never wanted to be on magazines like Vogue or Allure; I wanted to be on SHAPE,” says Brooke. “There’s something very special to me about being relatable to other women, being healthy, and representing confidence at any age.”

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Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip #5: You’re as Important as Your Children

“As mothers, we’re always pulled in a thousand directions with obligations to our families, but not necessarily to ourselves,” says Brooke. “I’m really good at taking care of everyone else in my life, but now I’m finding what fulfills me.” One trick is to schedule a day to do absolutely nothing. “I’ll write down my ‘me’ time in the calendar. Sometimes I’ll go work out or just sleep in, whatever it takes to manage my stress. It’s really about being in touch with your body and knowing when it needs to just rest.”

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Brooke Burke’s Healthy Lifestyle Tip #6: Nice Girls Kick Ass Too!

On her blog for modernmom.com, Brooke broached the subject of women-especially mothers-standing up for themselves. “For much of my life, I’ve felt like I’ve compromised myself in many ways that benefited other people,” says Brooke. “I needed to change that.” For her, it was a matter of listening to her inner voice, being strong, and then speaking her mind. “Making decisions and committing to them is better than being wishy-washy,” she says. “You have to trust your instincts, then have the confidence to act upon them.”

Pick up a copy of SHAPE’s January issue on newsstands December 20 to find out which celebrity gal pal Brooke likes to share a bottle of wine (or two) with when she needs to get away and the three things she does to keep her love life hot.

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Brooke Burke Launches Fitness, Nutrition App With Targeted, Stackable Workouts

Brooke Burke launches new fitness app.

Photo by Kristen Brady.

The ever-evolving fitness industry is constantly throwing new theories, products and workout trends into the mix. For those too busy to incorporate a trip to the gym into the daily grind, or who want to go with a less expensive option than a gym membership or private trainer, technology has taken a front seat and fitness apps are more popular now than ever. Brooke Burke just launched her new fitness lifestyle app and it stands out from the pack with shorter, yet highly-efficient, targeted fitness routines that yield incredible results.

The $31 billion gym, health and fitness club industry is now getting a run for its money as fitness technology gains traction. Last year, wearable technology, for example, neared $6 billion and so far this year, smart fabrics, including interactive textiles, have reached sales close to $2.6 billion. Fitness apps are also seeing a surge in popularity, but how do you know which one is right for you?

Over the years, Burke’s nearly 4 million social media followers have continuously asked the 46-year-old wife and mother-of-four, TV host, author and fitness enthusiast how she’s managed to stay fit while also balancing the demands of family and career. To answer, she developed Brooke Burke Body, which consists of bite-size, “stackable” workout programs, ranging from 5-30 minutes, that can be done anytime, anywhere, with or without equipment. With the app, users will have access to hundreds of workouts for every part of the body, in addition to nutrition tips. “I know there are a million reasons not to workout. It’s often difficult to carve out the time,” Burke says. “The shorter workouts mean spending less time working out, yet getting better results. Time will no longer be an excuse.”

In better shape now than she was in her twenties, Burke discovered a way to specifically target and combat the areas women find the most challenging, but her approach is vastly different. Her movements are intense, but she isn’t into the high-impact, fast-paced exercises that a lot of other fitness professionals push. She doesn’t like sharp, jarring movements. “I prefer a total body workout consisting of compound movements that push harder and create a deep sweat with enough variety to keep it interesting. Sometimes slowing things down and getting really specific will target the difficult-to-reach trouble areas that women struggle with the most.”

She discusses the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) concept, which she uses in her intense cardio burns for maximum fat-blasting results. With HIIT, she brings the heart rate up and then drops it down low. “This is a great belly fat burning concept. It’s about training smarter and more efficiently and spending less time to get optimal results.”

Burke chooses to align herself with companies that support fitness and women’s health and has had a successful career with multimillion-dollar endorsement deals with the likes of Skechers and Kimberly Clark. But, she wanted to be sure to give back, as well. After choreographing four workout DVDs with Sony, she began donating her time and has taught her signature Booty Burn class in Malibu, CA, for five years. Teaching inspired her and she wanted to have an even broader reach. “I know that so many people simply don’t have access to my class. I want to share what I’ve learned with everyone.”

Brooke Burke workouts “anytime, anywhere”.

Photo by Kristen Brady.

It was while on vacation with her family in Europe earlier this year, that Burke’s idea to help others turned into a huge passion project. She wasn’t able to get to a gym, yet found ways to exercise from wherever she was, even if she had limited time to do so and the idea for the app was born. A believer that fitness is a gift and should be affordable, she’s keeping the cost low at just $7.99 per month.

Each week, she will share a five-day workout plan with Brooke’s Workout Week specifying the workouts she plans to do. And, for those doubting the efficiency of a five-minute workout, do not underestimate the power of her routines. “I totally believe in working out to the point of muscle fatigue and embracing the burn. It’s not about how long you exercise. It’s about what it takes to get you to that place when the muscle response is the burn and then going beyond that. That’s what will change your body.”

Despite her healthy lifestyle, in 2012 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which forced her to face her own mortality. “Cancer threw me for a loop. I realized that I’m not completely in control or invincible. It was shocking news, especially for me considering I’ve always made health and wellness a top priority in my life.” An advocate for women’s health, she never misses a physical or a mammogram and says the experience made her passionate about sharing the knowledge of health with everyone. “Yearly physicals are a must,” she says. “Preventative health can save lives.”

It would be a misconception to think that Burke’s thin frame is simply genetics. In fact, she comes from a family that struggles with weight management, obesity and addiction. “I wasn’t led by example. I learned early on that the one thing I can control is how I take care of my body. And, it’s not solely about looking better by any means; it’s very much about feeling better. Women need to learn to love their bodies regardless their shape. It’s about changing our inner dialogue and embracing the ever-changing stages of mother nature and taking care of ourselves from the inside out.”

The truth, she adds, is that we have to learn to find our confidence at any size and any age. “I think beauty comes from deep within and it really is about how we feel about ourselves. It doesn’t matter what anyone says about us, it’s what we say about ourselves that really matters. And, feeling good is a catalyst for success in so many areas. True results are a marriage of mind, body and spirit.”

Brooke Burke.

Photo by Kristen Brady.

In her twenties, she measured her food, counted calories and worried about the scale. She’s successfully traded all that in for a healthy lifestyle. The self-proclaimed foodie believes in eating clean, but with a little “wiggle room”. Her food choices are sustainable, yet enjoyable and she believes we all need cheat times. “Break the rules a little bit! If I want to have a glass of wine and a Margherita pizza, I’m going to have it! I give myself the freedom to enjoy life and this is, in part, why I exercise.”

This year she started to introduce high energy fats – the good fats – into her diet, including avocados, olive oil, MCT oil and coconut oil. She’s currently experimenting with intermittent fasting; eating an early dinner and then giving her body a break. She prefers working out in the morning and has one must-have: coffee. She adds butter or MCT oil – back to those good high energy fats – to her coffee, which acts as a meal. “Who would’ve thought we’d be putting butter in our coffee?” she asks, laughing and referring to one of her favorites, Bullet Proof Coffee. The concept of which, she explains, allows her to skip breakfast and count down her intermittent fasting hours until her next meal. “It actually fills you up and helps you burn fat! Everyone I tell this to that doesn’t live in Los Angeles thinks I’m crazy…until they try it!”

These fats, she explains, fuel the brain and body in addition to burning fat. “We need fat and we used to be afraid of it. I eat red meat, fish, chicken, soups and salads. I like to keep it fresh and healthy with a lot of greens. I drink a lot of green tea and stay hydrated. I believe in discipline and portion control and would say I’m a conscious eater.” She avoids high carbs, sugars, saturated fats and packaged food. “The trick is to find the foods you enjoy. With fitness, it’s 90% what we feed our bodies.”

Up next for Burke, a partnership with Sweat Yoga early next year to do live-streaming workouts so people around the world can get fit right alongside her. In addition, she’s hosting and co-producing the award-winning educational CW television show Hidden Heroes, airing its third season in January, and a new digital TV project I Dare You for TV Land, and she’s the founder and creator of Baboosh Baby and co-CEO of Modern Mom.

“My goal is to build a community,” says Burke. “We need to make the time to take care of ourselves. It’s really about sweat equity: how much are you willing to invest in yourself?”

Brooke Burke Charvet’s bikini body fitness secrets are a Mediterranean diet and rigorous exercise. (Photos: Shape, Celebrity Health Fitness)

Brooke Burke Charvet has a smoking-hot bikini body at 44, thanks to the Mediterranean diet and regular workouts that includes yoga, cardio exercise, Pilates and strength-training.

Brooke, a mom of four, said exercise is her antidepressant, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.

Burke Charvet, who follows a Mediterranean diet, also said eating well is important for looking and feeling your best. “We try to eat a Mediterranean diet: lots of greens, lots of fish, lots of vegetables,” Brooke said.

The Mediterranean diet, which is based on the eating plans of the Italian, Greek and Spanish cultures, promotes natural weight loss and slows aging, 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 enhances longevity, and prevents heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Brooke Burke, a mom of four, said exercise is her antidepressant. (Photos: Shape, Celebrity Health Fitness)

Over the years, Brooke has released a line of highly rated fitness videos including, Brooke Burke Body: 30-Day Slim Down.

As she has gotten older, Burke Charvet has learned to exercise smarter, not longer. Her workouts never exceed an hour, but she gets great results by pumping up the intensity.

“I’m totally working out harder than ever before, but I’m doing it in a smarter, quicker way,” she said. “I don’t have more than an hour to spend anywhere, anytime.”

Brooke Burke Charvet said mixing up your workouts and amping up the intensity is the best way to lose weight and get toned.

Burke Charvet said mixing up your exercise routine is the best way to prevent injury and work out your entire body.

Brooke does SoulCycling spinning workouts, lifts light weights and does calisthenics. She also does yoga and Pilates to stay lean and toned.

Brooke said waist training was responsible for her tiny waist and dramatic post-baby weight loss after each of her four pregnancies.

“Wrapping your postpartum belly has been around for centuries,” said Burke, who has her own line of belly wraps called Baboosh.

Brooke Burke Charvet did waist training to regain her tiny waist after each of her 4 pregnancies. (Photos: Instagram, Celebrity Health Fitness)

Charvet explained: “Baboosh works as a compression garment. It helps the swelling of the uterus go back down to its original size and it supports all that baggy baby skin. It is a great, great way to get back in shape.”

While many Hollywood celebrities hate getting older, Burke is proud of how she looks and feels. “I work hard for , so I feel really good,” she said.

Brooke Burke shares her diet, workout, happiness and success secrets in her memoir, The Naked Mom.

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When you’re a busy mom who’s running around after the kids, clocking long days at work, and then taking care of business at the house, it’s crazy tough to stay energized enough to actually do all those things. But thankfully, the food you dig into can be a major help. So we caught up with Brooke Burke-Charvet, whose new cooking show Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke airs on Feeln this fall, to find out what exactly she stocks up on, so we can too.

If we opened up your fridge, what are three things we’re guaranteed to find? A lot of color, first of all, because I like to keep things fresh and teach my kids to eat the color of the rainbow. You’d also find almond milk, a lot of produce, lunch meat—I love Hillshire Farm Naturals because it’s preservative-free and has no artificial ingredients, and I don’t have to go to a gourmet store to get it—and cheese. I’m not afraid of good fats!

What about the most surprising snack in your kitchen? I make Harissa a lot, which is a Middle Eastern chili paste. It’s amazing on sandwiches and fish, and gives it a little kick because I love spicy food.

I also love to have cereal at night. I’m not afraid to eat at night, and I don’t believe in the “don’t eat after 5p.m.” rule. So I’ll have a bowl with almond milk, and my kids and husband will too and it becomes a family activity, where we’re hanging out on the couch together, watching TV and eating our favorite cereals. I love Smart Start, my husband loves Life, and my kids love Honey Nut Cheerios.

You’re a busy mom of four. Do you feel more energized eating three square meals a day, or do you prefer to snack throughout your day?I’m in between. Random munching is not a good thing, but three meals a day is not enough. So I try to eat every three to four hours, and make sure I have something with me at all times, like a packet of almonds or some vegetables. It helps a lot because it keeps you from being so hungry that you’re gorging by the time you sit down to have a meal.

Lunch can be such a critical meal, energy-wise. Are you a switch it up every day kind of girl, or have the same thing each time? I like to eat the same thing when I’m on set because it’s one less thing to think about. I have grilled salmon as much as I can, or I’ll get a great green salad with vegetables, avocado, and chicken or fish. I also like lunch to be my biggest meal, so I’ll eat several things at lunch time.

What do you dig into to avoid the 3p.m. energy slump? Snacks! I would have whole wheat toast with some avocado and maybe even a few pieces of provolone cheese or turkey on there. If I’m on the go, I’ll have an apple and handful of almonds. Or if I’m really busy and by a coffee shop, I’ll sometimes have an almond milk latte. But that’s rare—I don’t eat a lot of dairy, and for those snacks I try to keep it to some kind of fruit or something crunchy.

How about drinks–what do you like to sip on? I start every morning with a shake. Right now I’m really loving pears, so I’ll use frozen pear, almond milk, a bit of cumin, cinnamon, green powders, and sometimes I’ll sneak in a little kale (I promise you can’t taste it). I don’t use protein powder anymore because I think I get enough of it in the almond milk, so I just blend that all up and can take it anywhere, whether I have it before I work out or in the car when I’m driving the kids to school. It sets me up for the entire day. Then I drink a ton of water and a lot of green tea throughout the day, and I’ll enjoy a cocktail at night—usually a dirty martini—because I earned it!

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Cooking with Her kids

How does cooking with your daughter Rain inspire creativity?

She is such a great little sous chef. It’s fun for me to have a partner in the kitchen. We’ll do, let’s say, a Taco Tuesday, or we’ll play chef, and we pretend like her dad and her little brother are coming to her restaurant. She’ll put on her little apron that matches mine and she’s got a miniature knife. She’s 10 years old, and she has incredible skills from chopping to sautéing. She has an amazing palate as well, and I think that’s from exposing her to different types of cuisine.

What types of nutrient-rich fare do you prepare and eat together?

My husband is French, so we eat a lot of fennel. Rain and I make a beautiful fennel apple salad with celery, lemon, and olive oil. I’ll do lots of shredded carrots, and I’ll put sunflower seeds in there with a nice vinaigrette dressing. I definitely like to eat seasonal foods. For summer, we’ll grill fish or roast chicken or do a salad with blackened salmon on top. I think if you understand food, and you are not afraid to try to prepare certain meals and to start with something that’s less challenging, you really can figure out a healthier way of feeding your family. Keep it colorful, keep it simple.

Any tips on getting kids to eat healthy snacks?

I try to play a game with my kids to eat the colors of the rainbow. “Did you eat anything purple besides grapes? Have you ever tried an eggplant? What shades of green did you find?” They sort of understand that value and that energy. I think that lesson is important because they know they’re going to grab a colorful piece of fruit. I have a snack jar for my kids that’s not full of junk. I say, “Make sure you grab a piece of fruit and stick it in your lunch and then grab something that’s a little bit more fun so there’s a balance.” My refrigerator is full of fresh food with to-go options. And hard-boiled eggs are fun for school—and easy!

How do you use food to stay fit and connect with your sense of well-being?

I avoid all the packaged stuff and refined sugars and bad fats—but I promise you I eat. I eat olive oil. I eat avocados. I drink wine. On Sunday nights I’ll make pasta and enjoy it with no guilt, and then I’ll get back on my program. I’m always telling people to give yourself a little bit of a cheat day. I write a lot on Modern Mom about designing a way of eating that you enjoy and that works for your body. Design something you can sustain, then give yourself a break once a week. Get it out of your system. Do something active. We’re so stuck on these extreme diets—but I believe it’s easier to just develop a lifestyle of health and wellness all year long.

When Brooke Burke-Charvet calls health and fitness “a huge part of my life,” she means it. The former Dancing with the Stars winner incorporated her Booty Burn workout into a winning sales pitch on Celebrity Apprentice, netting her charity, Operation Smile, $50,000. And she’s continued to shine a light on stories of triumph as host of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.

But the brunette beauty, 45, draws much of her energy by sharing her passion in her Malibu-based fitness studio and kitchen. “I’ve been teaching my Booty Burn fitness class for five years, and I love it,” she says. “It’s so fulfilling, and it’s such a great group of women and such a gift to be able to inspire people. The fitness part is valuable, but the spiritual and the health part is so much more important than just vanity.”

The mom of four also approaches meal-making with purpose—often with the help of her children, especially daughter Rain. “I don’t have an education in the kitchen, but I’m sort of taught and powered by a family of six,” she says. “So even if you’re a home chef, you can’t be afraid to try new things.”

Burke-Charvet also has a podcast, The Brooke Burke Show, which she describes as “an unvarnished continuation” of her 2012 book by the same title. “I’m covering everything from health, wellness, and fitness to inspirational people, love, family, and relationships. It’s very uncensored and I want to stay humorous at times, because I think we have to laugh a lot along the way. And it’s kind of how I dance through the chaos of my life.”

Burke-Charvet recently launched a fitness app, Brooke Burke Body (BBBody), which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. The app allows fans to work out together with Brooke anytime. From her backyard to the beach, BBBody features renowned trainers and workouts done with Burke-Charvet.

Here is a peek into what I eat for a typical week. Small, smart, and frequent meals are the way to go. I also included some of my recipes for you to try.

Monday:

Breakfast:
Coffee with frothed almond milk + 1 tsp butter (gee)

Post work out snack:
Power shake (see my Holiday smoothie recipe)

Lunch:
Grilled chicken salad with avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers and any veggies. Balsamic/olive oil/lemon dressing. Or my home made favorite dressing.

Afternoon snack:
Home made popcorn and super large iced green tea

Dinner:
Lentil soup – my delicious recipe.
Garden salad with grilled salmon

Tuesday:

Breakfast
Coffee with frothed almond milk + tsp butter

Post workout snack
My Breakfast Blend Smoothie

Lunch:
Grilled salmon over bed of greens with grilled asparagus

Snack:
Avocado with Dijon dressing
Coconut milk Macha latte

Dinner:
Grilled Fillet Mignon, Caesar salad, roasted butternut squash

Wednesday:
Breakfast:
Coffee with frothed almond milk

Snack:
Slice of Ezekiel toast with avocado and chili flakes

Lunch:
Matzo Ball soup, mostly the chicken and veggies but one yummy Matzo ball (recipe)

Snack:
Apple and 1 tsp almond butter

Dinner:
Roasted Chicken, mixed green salad, baked sweet potato

Thursday:

Breakfast:
Coffee with frothed 2% milk + 1 tsp butter.

Post work out snack:
My Breakfast Blend Smoothie

Lunch:
Niscoise salad
Glass of rosé (its almost Friday 😉

Snack:
Almond milk Matcha latte

Dinner:
Healthy big bowl of cereal with medley of mixed berries

Friday:

Breakfast:
Coffee with frothed milk + 1 tsp butter

Post work out snack:
Power shake (see my Holiday smoothie recipe)

Lunch:
Hard boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado mash with olive oil
Big green salad

Snack:
Apple and almonds

Dinner:
Grilled white fish, roasted veggies, tomato/cucumber/lemon salad (recipe)

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Alternate snack suggestions:

Hummus with zucchini, baked pita chips, cucumbers and carrots. I even made a video of my hummus recipe if you want to check it out!

Slice of Ezekiel toast with avocado, tomatoes and egg whites

Brooke Burke is a mom of four and a cancer survivor, but by her own admission, she’s in ‘better shape now’ than she was in her twenties. We sat down with the former ‘DWTS’ host to find out how she does it!

Brooke Burke was as gorgeous as ever when she co-hosted a private dinner on April 29, while celebrating the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Brooke, who recently wowed the world with a stunning nude pic on Instagram, continues to prove that age is just a number. The TV host-turned-fitness mogul has four kids — Shaya Braven Charvet, Heaven Rain Charvet, Neriah Fisher, and Sierra Sky Fisher. And back in 2012, she battled thyroid cancer and won. Now, at 47, she’s single — she and Baywatch babe David Charvet split in 2018 — and she’s in the best shape of her life. So, what are the secrets to her ageless beauty?

“I intermittent fast, so I don’t eat breakfast,” Brooke revealed EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife. “I’ll wake up and do coffee or a black tea. Sometimes I do bulletproof coffee, where I’ll put in the butter and the heavy cream, which I think is really good. We need fat, it’s all the things that we were trained not to do that really feed our brain and our skin, our hair. I do eat a lot of fat but I am pretty conscious of what I eat, I don’t eat processed food really at all. I intermittent fast faithfully but I’m not like 16 hours strict, it really depends, but I start with the coffee and then after I finish my workout I usually have a really good shake that’s full of everything I need from almond milk to good collagen protein, it will probably have some MCT oil in there, some dates, some macca energy, pretty much all the good stuff and that sustains me for a while. So I’ll do that nearly every day.”

Intermittent fasting is a diet that was used as far back as the early 1900’s to treat disorders like diabetes and epilepsy. It’s enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the past few years and while there are a number of versions of the diet, the basic concept is the same: Eat pretty much whatever you want, but only during a specific time period. Some devotees of the diet only eat within an 8-to10-hour period every day and then fast the remaining 14 to 16 hours. There is also a version known as the 16:8 Method where you restrict eating to only eight hours in the middle of the day and fast for the remaining 16 hours. On both options you can eat whatever you want with no calorie restrictions.

Not only does Brooke not count calories, she also revealed to us that she doesn’t banish carbohydrates either. But she emphasized that most of the time she is “mindful” about the food she eats. “I’m not afraid of rice. No. I try not to eat a lot of saturated food and packaged food like junky stuff but look at the Asian culture. I’m not mad at rice, and I’m not that obsessed either. I give myself room so everything is in moderation.”

“But intermittent fasting that will save you. When I went to Italy I ate pizza and pasta and drank wine. But I was intermittent fasting so I didn’t gain a pound. I ate what I wanted but I didn’t hit the buffet for breakfast. Simple rules with intermittent fasting that allow you to eat anything you want to eat. It’s crazy. I used to make five meals a day and I would never go more than two to four hours without eating. That was my whole philosophy for 20 years as a young model, and I’m in better shape now than when I was then.”

Brooke may have eaten nothing but pizza and pasta on her Italian holiday but she typically eats much cleaner. “I have a lot of soup, I eat meat, I eat a lot of fish. Sometimes I just do a shake and then I eat a really good dinner. It depends on my schedule but when you are intermittent fasting life gets really simple because you are really only doing two meals a day and if I need to snack, I snack, but I kind of eat consciously, so I’ll do fish, lean protein a lot of soups, lots of vegetables, I love spicy food, avocados, olive oil, a lot of nuts. I eat a lot of macadamia nuts, which are super fatty. I always have a little snack packs in my car. A typical dinner could be a filet mignon, a salad and grilled vegetables. I eat a lot of sushi. I love Mexican food.”

Brooke hasn’t looked back since she “switched over” to intermittent fasting two years ago, but that’s not her only fit tip. “For me it’s all about sleep, happiness and hydration. I drink water all the time, I have water in my car, water by my bed, water bottle in my purse, always. I just think that we need it. I drink a scoop of fat burning lemonade every morning when I work out. I put it in my water bottle. And I work out smarter and harder than ever before in less amount of time.”

If you want to try one of Brooke’s workouts you’re in luck, because she’s got her own app — called Brooke Burke Body — with tons of follow along routines that you can do right at home. “I started my fitness app a year and a half ago. You can do 10 minute workouts, which I know sounds silly but you can really do 10, 15 minute, 20 minute work outs, you can decide what you want to do and you work out intense, you get an after burn. The days you go into the gym spending an hour in there, for me are long gone. I feel like I am in better shape in my 40s than I was before. It is just understanding the body. I might do even less than a half hour workout but it is more intense, it’s targeting the problem areas. Toning, sculpting, lifting, I have booty burn, I have light work outs, I know how to carve my body, I know how to tone the tummy and hard rock the core and so I put all these programs together on my app, and you get it done at home, and it is really inexpensive $9.99 a month. You try it for free for a week. You can do it at home. So no more excuses, time is not an excuse anymore.”

Another thing Brooke makes time for in her life — charity. A longtime supporter of the Nautical Malibu Triathlon, Brooke revealed that she loves watching, but would never be able to take on the grueling race. “I don’t compete, but I am a local here. Malibu is my home, so it is amazing to be able to come together and support and of course kicking this off to raise some money for the Children’s Hospital, which is amazing. I have the utmost respect for people who compete but I could never, but I’m here to support, and it is nice to see friends come together and raise money and awareness for such an important cause.” If you want to donate to the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, please visit www.CHLA.org/NMTKickoff. The Nautica Malibu Triathlon that is slated to take place at Zuma Beach on September 13-15, 2019.

“Dancing with the Stars” host Brooke Burke is one of the most relentless celebs who seldom fail to look smashing in bikinis. Who would believe that the exquisite beauty is over forty and mom of four kids? While most women accept their age and stop endeavoring to look slender and gorgeous, Burke seems all set to give an inferiority complex to younger girls in their twenties and thirties. The thyroid cancer survivor has killer abs, streamlined arms, and legs. Without resorting to strong medicine having myriad side-effects, Burke has submitted her to exercises to uphold optimum health. Here are the diet and exercise secrets of the elegant star which are accountable for her toned bikini figure.

Brooke Burke doing abs exercise.

Brooke Burke 2014 Workout and Diet

Booty Burn Class

Burke, being a fitness instructor gives exercise training in Malibu three times in a week. She educates her students on how they can burn numerous calories. Burke favors smart and high-intensity workouts over time-consuming low-intensity workouts. She contends, if workouts are not making you feel exhausted and sweaty, that implies you need to elevate the intensity of your workouts. Unless your body pours out sweat, it doesn’t burn many calories. And if you eat plenty of carbs in your diet, it becomes even more imperative for you to swear by grueling workouts.

Those people who practice sweaty workouts, it’s vital for them to take shower after workouts. Since accumulated perspiration fosters the growth of bacteria, they are prone to suffer from bacterial infection.

Mediterranean diet – No restriction on Foods

Burke confesses that she embraced numerous fad diet plans in her bygone days. However, from several years, she is strictly abiding by the Mediterranean diet plan which is one of the healthiest plans prevalent in today’s time. While renouncing high-salt and high-fat foods available in restaurants, Burke cooks her meals at home. She contends as you grow older, your metabolism too grows older, so you shall nourish your body with healthy and nutrient dense foods.

She incorporates bountiful green and colored veggies, lean meat etc. in her diet and abdicates the consumption of foods such as processed foods, fats, sugar, and wheat. She relies heavily on fresh soup and green tea and takes these in her snacks. Burke has reserved one cheat day to relinquish her cravings. She mostly eats her adored high carb foods such as Margherita pizza with crunchy cereal oil, Spaghetti Bolognese, cream cheese, bagel with lox etc. on cheat days.

Brooke Burke eating ice-cream on her cheat day.

Mixed Workouts

Burke’s sculpted body might have you believe that she must be a fitness freak who shall be spending not less than two to three hours on workouts. However, the brunette refers one-hour cardio exercises more than necessary to render you full body workout. Without having her family pay the toll for her busy schedule, Burke devotes five days in a week to workouts. The pretty star executes a combo of exercises such as Pilates, running etc. In association with a fitness instructor, Gregory Joujon-Roche, she has come up her own DVD namely “30 Day slimdown DVD,” in which you will see one-hour full body workout. The thirty-day program will unravel copious fitness secrets and will support you in acquiring trimmed waist and flat belly.

Organized Routine

Burke points up living a well-organized life. She allocates her day to exercises, work, family, and different other activities. Just like the timetable we used to prepare in school days to provide justified time to different subjects, you can organize your day’s activities too in the same manner. Burke abides by it and finds it fruitful in her personal case. Writing down your schedule for the day or week in a diary actually directs you and cuts your chances to let go your workouts. Written timetable being more convincing than oral one gives you better guidelines such as how you can save your time, and how much time you wasted in doing futile tasks which could have been utilized otherwise in more important tasks like exercises.

In the tech-oriented world, where internet and technology is all over us, we fritter away so much of our time without even having the realization. If you maintain a diary and write the number of minutes or hours spent on worthless internet surfing, you will be amazed to see how much time availability you have to transform your dream of bikini body into reality.

Brooke Burke Diet Secrets 2018

Brooke Burke has been facing a lot of troubles in her personal life, the biggest one being her divorce from husband, David Charvet. But still, the stunner is managing to look amazing and inspiring people to be fit like her. Here, you can know the diet secrets that are helping her to stay fit and look great.

Brooke Burke on the set of TV Land in July 2018 (Brooke Burke / Instagram)

Diet Secrets

According to Burke’s trainer, Jorge Cruise, Intermittent fasting is the secret that helps her stay fit. Intermittent fasting is a controlled diet plan in which a person eats during an eight-hour window and doesn’t eat anything for 16 hours. It’s an effective way to drop about a pound every day. To follow this routine, a person should eat the first bite at 11 in the morning and the last at 7 in the evening. The benefit of this method is that a person’s body burns fat and repairs itself for 16 hours when a person is not eating anything.

During the 8-hour window, a person must eat 10% carbs, 50% fat, and 40% protein. Some of the foods that must be eaten include healthy options like nuts, avocados, eggs, whole fruits & vegetables and sweet potatoes.

The trainer says that though many people are afraid of the f-word, i.e., fasting, it is an ancient technique of weight loss that has been adopted by many Hollywood celebrities.

Brooke Burke on the Italian island Sardinia in August 2018 (Brooke Burke / Instagram)

Women Should Make Themselves the Priority

Brooke believes that women should make themselves the priority when it comes to fitness and should not put everyone like family, kids and work before their health and well-being. She also believes that if a woman wants to be fit, she should have some self-compassion and stay positive.

Fitness and self-care have helped her to get away from the pains in her life and has worked as an escape for her. Fitness also helps her to learn and grow as a person.

Brooke Burke bidding adieu to Utah in August 2018 (Brooke Burke / Instagram)

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Brooke Burket’s anti-aging bikini body secrets are daily exercise and a Mediterranean-style diet. (Instagram)

Fitness expert Brooke Burke has had a rough year due to her recent divorce, but you can’t tell that judging by her sizzling bikini body and cheery disposition.

Last week, Burke made headlines when she posted a nearly-nude Instagram selfie that spotlights how effective her diet and exercise regimen is.

In the racy photo, Brooke sports a pink cut-off top and no pants while leaning against a wall. The mom of four explained that she posed semi-nude at age 47 to prove that you can be in great shape at any age.

Burke: You Can Sculpt Your Body at Any Age

“Going for it! 😊 | it took me a bit to get the courage to post,” Brooke wrote. “This female-curated shoot which represents many things for me. Vulnerability, sensuality, confidence. YES you can tone, sculpt and reshape your beautiful body at every age.”

Brooke Burke: Exercise Is My Antidepressant

Of course, it helps that Burke is a lifelong fitness fanatic. She started her career as a bikini model and then transitioned to TV host. Her most recent TV gig was “Dancing With the Stars.”

Since then, Burke has resumed her career as a fitness mogul. Over the years, Brooke has released a number of top-selling workout videos.

Burke says her anti-aging fitness secret is regular exercise and a Mediterranean-style diet that emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, vegetables, lean proteins, beans, and nuts, Shape reported.

Like other fitness fanatics, Brooke says she works out to stay mentally fit, as well as physically strong.

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Burke’s workout regimen includes Pilates, light weightlifting, and cardio exercise such as walking on the treadmill at an incline. Brooke tries to work out 5 days a week, but admits that it’s sometimes hard to maintain that schedule because of her hectic lifestyle.

“I get on the treadmill, put it at a 15% incline and walk at about 3.5 miles per hour,” she says. “I’m also crazy about Pilates Plus, which I do three times a week. The class is 55 minutes, head to toe. In that short amount of time, I’ve done everything I need to do.”

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Brooke Burke: Exercise Gives You Self-Confidence

While working out has given her an enviable bikini body, Brooke says the best thing about exercise is the confidence it gives you.

“There’s something magical about a woman who feels comfortable in her own skin,” she says. “Power and beauty come from a very deep place. The older a woman gets, the more she can tap into that — at least that’s what I’ve experienced personally. It’s about owning who you are.”

As HVY reported, a healthy diet and exercise are indeed the fountain of youth. Just ask Ernestine Shepherd, who still has a jaw-dropping bikini body that many women half her age would envy. Ernestine is 82.

Ernestine Shepherd credits a high-protein diet and bodybuilding workouts for her incredible bikini body at age 82. (Facebook)

In Winning Shape: How Brooke Burke Stays Fit

Brooke Burke’s Workout and Diet

Spend five minutes with Brooke Burke and you feel like she’s your BFF. As we chat, she freely shares the kind of great girlfriend tips that would take you hours to search for on the Web: the best product for covering your nipples under a white T-shirt (Boob-eez); the young shoe designer who’s making gorgeous boots that are a must-have for shoe freaks (Camilla Skovgaard); a miracle concealer that will hide even the worst blemishes and scars (Illuminaré); and an easy, low-cal way to add tons of flavor to fish, chicken, and veggie dishes (the Middle Eastern spice paste harissa).

What Brooke can’t find, she invents, like her Baboosh Body Exercise Wrap, to wear while you exercise. “To me, sweat is workout bliss,” Brooke, 40, says. “I always wear the wrap when I do cardio. It heats up your body, so you can sweat out all that bloat.”

Considering her high-wire life, it’s a good thing Brooke doesn’t mind a little perspiration. She’s the mother of four kids, ages 11 to 3 — two from her first marriage and two with her new husband, actor David Charvet. (The couple, who had been engaged since 2006, finally tied the knot on August 12.) On Dancing with the Stars, Brooke is a cohost and interviews the contestants after their performances. She tweets obsessively (she has nearly two million followers); is the CEO of the online community ModernMom.com, where she blogs about her life; and will be cohosting the Miss America pageant later this month.

At a restaurant near her Malibu, California, home, Brooke orders Cobb salad without the bacon and blue cheese. “Yesterday was one of those hormonal superhungry days,” she says. “David and I went out for a romantic dinner; I had a huge bowl of spaghetti Bolognese, and we had a great bottle of wine. I thought, If this is my one day this week to splurge, I’ll have bread and dessert, too. So today I’m back on track.”

Here, Brooke shares how she juggles it all — or tries to — and gets that hot body to boot.

How often do you work out?

I try to get to a Pilates Plus class, which is an intense, fast-paced workout that’s done on a special reformer machine, at least three times a week. I also go to the gym a couple of times. I do 15 minutes on the treadmill, walk­ing at a 3.5-mile-per-hour speed and a 15-grade incline, and then I do the 45-minute head-to-toe workout I designed with trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche for one of my new DVDs. I don’t think you need more than an hour to do cardio and full-body toning. I don’t have three hours a day to devote to my body, but I do have an hour five days a week.

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What’s your diet secret?

I don’t ever skip meals. If you let yourself get too hungry, you’ll start craving sugary, fatty foods, and you’ll make bad choices.

You’ve got a demanding career, four kids, and a husband. What’s the trick to staying calm in the middle of the chaos?

I wish I were always calm in the chaos. I have children with very strong personalities, and as elating as that is, it can also be deflating. There’s a lot of action in my household, and sometimes I’m a referee all day long.

Having a blended family is a challenge. Two of my children are with their father part of the week, so when they come home they want me all to themselves. Then my other two children, who have had me all to themselves, suddenly have to share me, and that can make them very needy. My business is crazy, too. There are so many moving parts to my life, nothing ever happens perfectly. I’ve learned to just roll with that.

Do you get enough sleep?

No! My two youngest kids always end up in our bed in the middle of the night. I try to get six to eight hours a night, and one night a week I have to get a full eight hours.

I think that sleep deprivation is a really bad thing for a woman, not only for her skin and eyes but also for her mood, memory, metabolism, energy, and sex drive. David and I have done “sleepcations,” where we check into a hotel room simply to be alone and sleep.

Men find you incredibly sexy, and women find you approachable and real. How do you explain your appeal?

I never want to be intimidating to anyone. Especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, I genuinely feel that if I can do it, other people can, too. I’ve also learned that nice is a great quality. On Dancing with the Stars there are hundreds of people who do important jobs. I love to walk around the ballroom and say, “Hey, what’s going on?”

As a mother, I hardly ever get a thank you. Nobody ever says, “Thanks for getting up early and making me that lunch, Mom. I enjoyed what was in my lunch box today.” So when I do hear that from my kids, it feels really good. Maybe that’s why I treat the people I work with well.

You’ve said that winning “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008 was a huge turning point for you. Why?

In the semifinals I had two dances to do, the jive and the salsa. I was so afraid I was going to screw up the jive, and I did. My partner, Derek Hough, said to me, “What defines a champion is the ability to pull it together and go back out there and just kill it.” I had to dig very deep, but we did the salsa and got three 10’s. It taught me to have faith in my body, to have faith in myself. And it also taught me that while I might crumble under pressure, I’m able to let go of it, change my point of view, and move on.

You know, my first marriage failed. Leaving that marriage was uncomfortable and scary, but it was the right thing to do. Now I’m married to my soul mate. Sometimes you have to take uncomfortable steps to find your path.

Are you ever insecure, or do you exude confidence 24-7?

My biggest frustration is that I developed bad melasma when I was pregnant with my son. It’s like having a mask on your face. I did peels; I did lasers; I tried every product and saw every doctor. Nothing worked. I never used to wear makeup when I wasn’t working. Now I can’t leave the house without thick cover-up, which stinks. I do my best not to focus on it.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

I try not to have a lot of bad habits in my life that I need to break come January. Instead, what I like to do is set myself up for success. Every December, David and I go to the beach and sit there and put the past year into perspective. Then I write out a list of goals, and I jot down quick plans. For 2012, I’d like to do a cookbook of recipes that busy working moms like me can make in 15 minutes or less.

Let’s say you unexpectedly get some free time without the kids to do exactly what you want to do. So tell us: sex or sleep?

I’m so sleep deprived! How can I possibly choose between those two? That’s really tough. Can’t I sleep after the sex?

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2012.

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Brooke Burke Body is an effective, easy to follow, high quality work out in bite-sized increments. If you want flat sexy abs, lean toned legs or a whole body make-over, this fitness program is for you! Brooke invites you into her intimate world of optimal living, where she will coach you on how to get and maintain a bikini body year round. Her proven fitness programs for lifting, sculpting and toning the body will help you slim down and shape up while simultaneously feel like the greatest version of yourself.
Through this engaging, fun and practical whole being program, Brooke will let you in on all the fitness secrets she shares in her Malibu VIP Booty Burn class. Brooke Burke Body takes you on a visual experience from her tranquil Malibu backyard to the beach and up the California coast, with a special visit behind the scenes at work in the Hollywood entertainment biz. This inspirational program is designed to allow you to customize a work-out to fit your personal lifestyle. For example, choose a total body work out and stack extra abs or combine a Booty Burn with upper body awesome arms.
Brooke will show you how to sweat yourself into a new body, anytime and anywhere with quick results. Learn to be stronger than your excuses and conquer health and fitness at home, outside, or even on vacation.
Features:
– Endless hours of workout combinations to tone and strengthen your body
– Bite-size workout programs ranging from 5-30 minutes
– No equipment needed
– Beautiful HD streaming videos
– Weekly new video uploads
– Peak inside Brooke’s intimate life
– Dynamic duo workout videos featuring Brooke and guest fitness experts
This inspirational program was designed for people with limited time, striving for real results. Brooke invites you to travel with her on this digital fitness journey where, together, you will sweat into the best shape of your life and enjoy a leaner, healthier and sexier you!

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