Kyle Richards Reveals Her Doctor Declined Her Request for a Tummy Tuck
Kyle Richards recently shared a candid confession about her fitness journey over the past two years. At 54, Kyle revealed her desire to get a tummy tuck, which was initially put on hold by her doctor. “I wanted to get a tummy tuck when I had my breast reduction, and the doctor wouldn’t do it,” she admitted. “He said, ‘We’ll talk about it [later].'”
Instead the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star turned to other methods to achieve her fitness goals, notably adopting a rigorous Peloton routine. “I started doing a Peloton 10-minute abs thing, then 15 minutes every day,” she explained.
Her path to weight loss was triggered by a series of personal challenges, including the loss of her best friend and a period of neglecting her own well-being. “At the time, I was on vacation in Europe, eating pasta and drinking wine and cocktails. By the end of the trip, I didn’t recognize myself. I had also just lost my best friend to suicide, and I wasn’t taking care of myself. After we left, I said, ‘That’s it. I’m not going to have bad carbs — no sugar, no pasta, no bread, no alcohol. And I’m going to work out every single day,'” Kyle recalled.
Kyle Richards saw rapid results from her lifestyle changes, noting, “I started seeing results pretty fast.” She added that cutting out alcohol significantly improved her skin and overall well-being. Her fitness regimen evolved to include weights, running, and hot yoga, diversifying beyond her usual routine of hiking and spinning.
Her health transformation coincided with personal upheaval, as she and her husband, Mauricio Umansky, decided to separate after 27 years of marriage. However, Kyle clarified that her fitness journey was not about impressing her ex but rather about feeling good in her own skin. “It’s certainly not meant to be a revenge body. It’s meant to be an I-feel-good body,” she stated.
Kyle has been open about her body image struggles, which began in her youth, contrasting her appearance with her sisters’. But her current focus is on personal satisfaction rather than comparison. “I’m very determined in what I want from my life and what my personal goals are,” she added.
On the season 13 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle spoke about using fitness as an outlet during her marital troubles. Mauricio expressed admiration for her dedication to fitness and healthy living. “When you go through painful times in your life, it changes you as a person,” Kyle explained in a confessional. “My sister [Kathy Hilton], feeling let down by my friends, feeling disconnected with my husband — you know you have to find an outlet. I feel good about it, I hope Mo does too because here I am.”
As reported, the couple separated in July — still living together and trying to navigate their next steps. The pair later addressed the separation on Instagram, acknowledging a challenging year without confirming divorce rumors. They emphasized their mutual love and respect and requested privacy.
Kyle also addressed rumors suggesting she used Ozempic, a diabetes medication, for weight loss. In February, she firmly denied these claims to ExtraTV, emphasizing her commitment to diet and exercise. “I really put a lot of effort into my diet and exercise and taking care of myself, so when people like to think I took the easy way out, it’s frustrating,” she said.
Kyle began focusing on her health around the same time she and her husband Mauricio decided to end their 27-year marriage. While some have labeled her transformation as a “revenge body,” Kyle disagrees with this characterization.
She explained, “It’s not about revenge. It’s about feeling good … Having struggled with body image for most of my life, it’s interesting to find myself on a [diet and fitness] magazine cover. I grew up with blond, skinny sisters, while I was brunette and more curvaceous. I’ve always aimed to be slimmer, starting my workouts at 15. Now, I understand better what works for my body.”
Kyle also shared that she hasn’t consumed alcohol since July 15, 2022, and has no plans to start drinking again. Despite some friends questioning this lifestyle change, she remains committed to her decision.
Reflecting on the impact of peer pressure, particularly regarding her daughters, Kyle expressed her determination not to succumb to it. “I think about how I don’t want to be influenced to drink again … I’ve assured my friends, ‘I promise, I can still be fun without alcohol,’” she said.
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