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She’s a Playboy Bunny. But when it comes to keeping fit, Kara Monaco is more like the Energizer Bunny.
Whether it’s her adherence to a stringent eating plan or her consistent workout regimen, she just keeps going and going and going and …
“I do a lot to stay in shape,” the 30-year-old Florida native tells Sun Media during a recent promotional stop in Edmonton. “I work really hard at it actually.”
Hard and smart. Monaco, much more than a pretty face, knows a thing or two about working out.
“It’s all-over body toning,” she says of Envy, produced in association with celebrity trainer Michael Carson. “I still use it to this day to tone all my bodyparts — arms, abs, legs, glutes, the whole deal.” The 2006 Playboy Playmate of the Year continually strives to perform some sort of exercise four to five times a week on average.
“Sometimes I’ll work out six days a week,” she adds. “That way the next week I can do just four days and have a little bit of a break because it does get monotonous when you’re constantly doing the same things over and over. But that’s why I try to switch it up.”
On the days she’s not toning up with her signature video series, Monaco works up a sweat through various cardio-focused sessions. That includes running, hiking and — although the San Diego resident loves the outdoors — the occasional stint on the elliptical machine. "If I do the elliptical, I can read my book and listen to music at the same time, so it makes the time go by faster,” she laughs. “I try to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio. I prefer to do more, like 45, but it just depends on the day. But minimum, usually 30 minutes. Bare minimum.”
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed centrefold, whose TV appearances include Big Brother 14 and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, also enjoys hot power yoga and wakeboarding. “So I do all kinds of stuff,” she explains. “But honestly, if you want to be in shape fitness-wise, the biggest thing is you have to eat really clean and really healthy. That’s a huge part of it. That’s probably like 70% of it.”
Among the staple foods in Monaco’s diet are oatmeal, peanut butter, almonds, chicken, and various fruits and veggies. After a workout, she typically grabs a protein shake.
Perhaps most notably, Monaco is a stickler about curtailing carb intake late in the day.
“The No. 1 tip I could give people is not to eat carbs at dinner time,” she advises. “Eat them early in the day because then you have all day to burn them off. … And don’t eat (anything) after 8 p.m. That’s another thing I do. That makes a huge difference.”
It definitely seems to help do the trick. Monaco — a toned 110 pounds at five-foot-six — manages to maintain an hour-glass 34C-24-34 figure.
And while many may chalk up her aesthetic curves to favourable genetics, she insists that staying in shape doesn’t come easy for her. “I think people think, ‘Oh, she’s lucky, she probably doesn’t have to do anything,’” says Monaco. “But I actually work really, really hard at it.”
And that’s the naked truth.
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