Ryan Seacrest keeps a pair of large jeans in his closet to inspire him to stay in shape.

The 'American Idol' host used to be larger when he was younger and admitted he keeps a pair of jeans from his bigger days to remind him of how he used to look.

He told Life & Style: ''The oldest thing in my closet is my husky jeans that I will not throw away from when I was a chubby kid. I just have them to inspire me.''

Despite his work to keep in shape, Ryan admits ''my guilty pleasure is warm chocolate chip cookies''.

And if that wasn't inspiration enough, Ryan has recently been linked to svelte Sports Illustrated model Dominique Piek.

The media personality, who split from Julianne Hough in April after three years of dating, has been spotted on dinner dates with the brunette beauty.

An insider said that while the duo are still getting to know each other, Ryan, 38, ''gets along really well'' with Dominique.