How do celebrities stay slim and fit all year round? Even those who have babies seem to bounce back into their pre-baby shape within a few months.
Of course some of them will have a small team of nutritionists and personal trainers ensuring they always look their best, plus the images we see of them are often photoshopped so we never truly know what they look like.
Anyhow, here are some celebrity weight loss tips given by some of todays stars:
#1: Moderation is key
Alesha Dixon after giving birth to her daughter and subsequently returning to her previous size 10 frame has revealed that moderation is key to staying slim.
If you want a treat then have one, just make sure you do not overindulge. Otherwise you risk cravings that are going to be difficult to control.
“Who cares if you eat a chocolate bar or have a bit of cellulite? It’s far better to indulge your sometimes than to starve yourself for the sake of vanity.”
“My favourite lunch is a wrap filled with chicken and avocado and I have a different dinner every night, so it could be any kind of meat or fish with vegetable. I won’t beat myself up if I have a pig-out. I just decide to do lots of juicing for the next few days to put some goodness back into my body.”
#2: Cut back on bread
Certain types of bread are best avoided, in particular white bread as it contains sugar that will not only cause weight gain but will also cause a spike in your blood sugar levels that will cause cravings once they drop.
Vanessa White of The Saturdays had this to say after slimming down from a size 10 to a size 8:
“I love bread but cutting down on it really helps me get a flatter stomach.”
#3: Watch what you drink
While dieting you will often see experts saying you need to cut back on your alcohol intake. While this is a good overall health tip if you want to go out and have fun with your friends then there are certainly other alcoholic options available to you.
For example, Josie Gibson who is now a size 8 has the following suggestions:
“I don’t want to deprive myself. I still enjoy a drink — just better options like vodka, lime and soda.”
Each of these contain fewer calories than beer and those cocktails that are full of sugar.
#4: Stop eating when you are full
Kelly Osbourne has managed to maintain her weight loss since first going down to a size 8 back in 2009.
Her advice is as follows:
“Never deprive yourself of anything because then you get angry about it. People who are always hungry are miserable. But when I’m full, I stop eating.”
#5: Eat lean protein
Ex Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts has revealed that she manages to stay slim by eating a diet full of lean protein and vegetables.
“I know that if I’m sticking to good, lean protein and veg, I’ll get all the nutrients I need and it’s all naturally low in fat and calories.”
As well as being low in calories, the protein is slower to digest than carbs and fat so will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
The protein is also essential for maintaining muscle mass.
#6: Keep a healthy snack to hand
Rather than reaching for a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar when you are hungry keep some healthy snacks to hand like reality star Stacey Solomon.
“Avocados are my favourite. I sit and eat them like cakes! I carry around raw vegetables and salad — like carrots and cucumbers — in a little box to snack on if I get peckish.”
#7: Watch out for hidden calories
When cooking make sure you avoid adding extra sugar and salt to your meals. Also be aware that many condiments will contain hidden sugar and salts that can ruin your diet.
Tamzin Outhwaite has managed to avoid these sneaky hidden calories:
“I keep fat content low by dressing salads with balsamic vinegar and cut out excess calories like cream, butter and mayonnaise in cooking.”
#8: Drink more water
Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes drinks water to help flush out the toxins and waste that builds up within our bodies.
“I eat often as that speeds up my metabolism. I also drink water to flush out everything. I’ll have bran flakes for breakfast, soup and a roll for lunch and eat out a lot at my local Italian – but I’ll choose fish instead of pizza!”
#9: Snack on nuts or dried fruit
Both nuts and dried fruit are a good choice for snack food. Ex TOWIE star Billie Faiers is certainly a fan.
“Instead of having crisps and biscuits with lunch I have plain nuts or dried fruit.”
#10: Stop with the fad diets
Im a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star Melanie Sykes is not a fan of fad diets and neither should you.
“I’ve tried fad diets like the cabbage soup diet, but I love my food too much to stick to them for very long. These days I maintain my weight by not eating anything after 8pm.”
Fad diets are often too strict, so very few people are able to stick to them for the long term. This means that any lost weight will quickly return.
Some of these fad diets are also dangerous to your health as some will cause a shortage in essential nutrients from being consumed.
#11: Keep a food diary
Ruth Langsford has revealed that she keeps a food diary to ensure she is able to stick to her size 12-14 figure.
“When you write down exactly what’s going into your mouth nothing slips through the net — it’s impossible to turn a blind eye to the ‘odd muffin’. Keeping a diary also made me realise that even my ‘healthy’ snacking can be out of control at times. I tend to eat whole bags of nuts and raisins in one go and you’re only supposed to have a handful!”