KC Concepcion shares diet, fitness secrets

Posted at 12/03/2012 6:23 PM | Updated as of 12/04/2012 4:15 PM
KC Concepcion as she appears in the January-February 2012 issue
of men's magazine Rogue

MANILA, Philippines – She may not have a small frame, but actress-host KC Concepcion has been consistently included in the “sexiest” lists of men’s magazines and, just this year, a New York-based lifestyle website.

Last June, Concepcion ranked 23rd in a list of “Sexiest International Actresses You Haven’t Heard Of” by Complex, which recognized her not only for her looks and showbiz achievements, but also for being the United Nations’ National Ambassador Against Hunger.

She is the only Filipina included in the list.

Her charm has also reached as far as Mexico, having appeared on the cover of the Mexican edition of women’s magazine Cosmopolitan.

And just last month, Concepcion was launched as the newest calendar girl of liquor brand Tanduay.

So how does she stay in shape?

In an interview with entertainment writer Ricky Lo of The Philippine Star which was published on Monday, Concepcion revealed that she has not been eating meat for the past 12 years, turning to vegetables and seafood instead.

Her usual breakfast is hakaw, or Chinese dumplings stuffed with shrimp.

“I like my homemade hakaw breakfast, which I get from our generous Chinese family friend. I eat that with lots of chili, some low-sodium soy sauce and calamansi,” she told the newspaper. “Lunch is usually fish and veggies, or a sandwich. Mahilig ako sa grilled tuna panga with atsara or adobong pusit with red rice.”

For dinner, Concepcion said she likes having “a big salad with protein like maybe smoked salmon, or tuna, or cheese like parmesan or blue cheese or goat cheese, tapos masarap na dressing na bagay sa salad.”

“Madali na lang hanapin ‘yung ingredients these days,” she noted. “And I always, always have to have coffee, brewed or French pressed, after eating.”

The idea, Concepcion said, is to have lots of protein and vegetables, and little or no carbohydrates such as rice. She also swears by detox teas and water for their health benefits.

“For working skeds, I take red rice for energy, but I also try to cut down on rice and only eat carbs when I need to be standing and hosting for long hours, for example on ‘X Factor’, or when I do song-and-dance performances, for example, on ‘ASAP 2012’,” she said.

Asked if she skips dessert, a common culprit behind flabs and expanding waistlines, Concepcion said: “I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I look for chocolates, especially dark chocolate. I like desserts like tiramisu or rum cake.”

During coffee breaks, she eats a piece of chocolate or a warmed up cookie, she added.

Instead of turning to procedures such as liposuction, Concepcion said she regularly does Zumba and Forma sessions at Plana Forma. The exercises draw inspiration from yoga, Pilates, dance and the internationally acclaimed Physique 57 fitness system.

“My ‘Physique 57’ workout that I do when I am in LA and NYC is now here, but in the form of my 55-minute strengthening and lengthening workout Plana Forma. They have studios in the Jecoprime Building at the Fort BGC (Bonifacio Global City), and also at Centris Walk in QC (Quezon City). So it’s perfect for me when I’m home (Fort) or when I have a break from work which is usually in QC!” she said.

Aside from diet and workouts, Concepcion also stressed the importance of getting enough sleep, taking vitamins and having fun with friends as ways to maintain a healthy body.

“I admit I still sleep late, because I am most productive at night. I go online at night, and get to think freely when everyone else is asleep. But in Manila, when I’m working, I adjust based on my call time for the day after, and I try to get at least five hours of sleep when I have work the next day,” she said.