Maria Menounos is a woman of her word, and hosted Extra donning a New York Giants bikini in the wintery streets of NYC on Monday after she bet fellow correspondent AJ Calloway that the New England Patriots would win this year’s Super Bowl.
The sight of Menounos in the tiny bikini hosting next to a bundled up Mario Lopez, however, could be enough to make any Pats fan cheer for Giants colors. Menounos looked amazing, showing off her slim and toned body, showing that just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you should let your workout routine slip.
Menounos has never been shy about her love of fitness and that she got into shape on her own. In an interview with Fitness Magazine, Menounos opened up about gaining weight in college, reaching a size 14, and how she took it off all by herself.
“I did it on my own, when I was dirt-poor,” she says. “And I’ve kept it off for nine years.”
She started by simply cutting back her intake and lost the first 20 pounds in about five months. The last 20 took nearly six more, after adding in a simple routine of jump rope, steps, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges written up for her by trainer for $70. “In fact, I still have the piece of paper in case I ever regain the weight,” Menounos admits.
Now, as a big time celebrity, Menounos is more committed than ever to keeping her body camera ready. Recently, she took up Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art and also runs on the treadmill, plays basketball with her Access Hollywood coworkers, works out with a personal trainer when she can, and even does squats when she’s on the phone. “I squeeze things in every which way I can,” she says.
Her diet is hectic, just like her life, so she sticks to convenient foods and makes a point to stay flexible. “I eat a lot of chicken and tuna wraps, which are pretty quick to prepare. But when I have no time, I’ll grab a slice of pizza,” Menounos says. “If I indulge, though, I’ll balance things out by switching to salad and fruit for the next meal.”
But what we really want to know is how she got those abs. Her secret? Punches to the gut. “I learned that from my dad,” she explains. “When someone punches you there, you tighten up.”