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Celebody: DWTS All-Star Kelly Monaco’s secret to staying thin

Whitney English is a reporter and host in Los Angeles with over six years of experience working for outlets like E! Entertainment, MSN TV, SheKnows.com, and many more. She has a passion for health and fitness and documents her journey of...

Kelly: “I have my own garden”

Dancing with the Stars all-star and champ Kelly Monaco brings us behind the scenes of her dance rehearsals and shares her diet and fitness tips.
Celebody: Kelly Monaco
Kelly Monaco in bathing suit

General Hospital star Kelly Monaco was the very first winner of Dancing with the Stars and now she’s back to try to claim that title again as Season 15’s all-star.

Watch our interview with Kelly Monaco

Fitness and healthy living

Thanks to seven or more hours a day of practice, she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy are looking fabulous as they work toward winning it all.

But dancing isn’t the only thing keeping Monaco in all-star condition. The fitness enthusiast and longtime vegetarian tells us that eating healthy and being active are very important aspects of her life.

When she isn’t dancing, Monaco likes to try a variety of workouts.

“My workout regimen varies,” she tells SheKnows. “I do everything from the gym to yoga to cardio classes, hiking and swimming. I’m pretty active. I’d rather stay outdoors than be cooped up.”

The actress also enjoys gardening, something that comes in handy when preparing meals for friends.

“I grow my own herbs, spices, mints,” says Monaco. “I cook a lot, actually. I have zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, 14 different varietals of tomatoes. It’s amazing.”

But just because she is a vegetarian doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her guilty pleasures.

Kelly and Val Chmerkovskiy

Kelly’s go-to workout snacks

  • Muscle Milk protein shakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Balance bars
  • Bananas

Sweet treats and staying positive

twix

“I have a sweet tooth,” says Monaco. “Twix is probably my favorite [candy] or Reese's. I actually got a bag of [Halloween candy] the other day and I lined up my favorites.”

With her current dancing schedule though, she can afford the candy calories!

“Dancing is such a good form of exercise, and you don’t feel like you’re exercising,” she says.

More than anything, though, staying positive is the key to good health, Monaco says.

“You just have to be happy,” she tells us. “Put a smile on your face — you’ll burn more calories if you smile. I’m having the best time right now.”

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Photo credits: WENN.com, ABC
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