Presenter Lorraine Kelly's weight loss plan is more fun that you might think. Dancing got her into the best shape of her life. She shares how you can join in too!

There’s no doubt that the 55-year-old presenter is in great shape. So what’s her secret? Apparently it’s all down to her dance exercise instructor, Maxine Jones. Celebrity workouts are often very intense but who doesn’t love to dance? We found out how dancing helped Lorraine Kelly’s weight loss and made her feel better on the inside and out.

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Lorraine discovered the dance-based workout on holiday in Spain a few years ago and then started attending Maxine’s classes near her London home. Now, not only has she dropped two dress sizes, but Lorraine confesses to feeling more confident, too. ‘I never had a waist – I didn’t have that curviness, but I have now and I look better.’

Exercise never excited Lorraine. ‘To me it was like running – do you ever see a happy runner? Or you’ve got the gym with all these instruments of torture.’ But realising she could dance herself fit changed Lorraine’s attitude. ‘It feels like being 18 again at a disco. After each class, I feel physically and mentally better.’ And it’s a real stress-buster too, reveals Lorraine. ‘For that hour, you’re concentrating on the routine, so everything else falls away.’

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She now combines two to three dance exercise sessions a week with Pilates which has really helped her firm up. ‘My arms used to be the bane of my life. I never used to show them, but now they’re toned. You wouldn’t believe it’s taken me until 55 to feel more confident about myself because, like most women, I used to go on these stupid diets and they don’t work.’

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But she feels happy, fit and confident and says she owes everything to Zumba and Maxine. ‘I feel in my prime and that’s all down to Maxine.’ You can try it out too, check out Maxine’s dance exercise routine below.

Dance moves for weight loss

How to do the twist

Maxine-the-twistThis is a total body workout that exercises everything from your elbows down to your knees. Place your feet in a wide stance and lift your heels off the floor. Bend your knees and twist your body from side to side, targeting your obliques. Simultaneously, bend your arms at shoulder height and get them moving, too.

How to do the squat

Maxine-the-squatStand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Stick your bottom out behind you and sit down into a squat as far as you can go, holding your arms out in front of you to help balance. Then explode back up, thrusting your hips forwards and swinging your arms behind you to increase momentum.

How to do the belly dance

Maxine-the-belly-danceStep your right leg forwards. Raise your left arm up and your right arm out in front of you, with a slight bend at the elbow. Keeping your fingers of your right arm facing forward, bring your elbow in towards your body and out again, while flexing your hips up and down.