'Top Chef's' Padma Lakshmi: Pregnancy Is 'Not A Reason To Pig Out'

Padma Lakshmi attends Keep A Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball hosted by Alicia Keys and Padma Lakshmi at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, October 15, 2009 Padma Lakshmi attends Keep A Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball hosted by Alicia Keys and Padma Lakshmi at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, October 15, 2009

”‘Top Chef’” host Padma Lakshmi’s career is built on tasting some of the world’s best food – but the reality star beauty said her pregnancy is not an excuse to chow down.

“I eat the same, just more often,” she told People while in New York City for Alicia Keys’ charitable Keep A Child Alive’s annual Black Ball on Thursday. “Everything from movie theater nachos to spinach and apple salad. Everything. I’m not eating so much more. You only need 300 more calories. It’s not a reason to pig out.”

Padma also noted that she wouldn’t be going the creative celebrity baby name route with her little one, who is due in the spring.

“I just want to see how the baby looks when it comes, and then I’ll have some ideas,” she explained. “The name will have to do with my family. I don’t think it’s going to be called ‘Pomegranate’ or ‘Atlanta.’”

The Bravo beauty also explained that her culture has kept her baby shopping sprees to a minimum.

“I’m Indian,” she told the mag. “So we don’t buy a whole bunch of stuff before the baby is born, because we want the baby to be born first, ‘Not the cart before the horse.’”

When asked if she planned to reveal the identity of the baby’s father, Padma remained mum.

“I don’t know,” she said. “But I don’t want to talk about it either way. I’m extremely happy, and I feel really blessed.”

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