Fitness fanatic Gemma Atkinson has shared all about what she eats during her grueling Strictly training regime, and proudly declares she's in 'the best shape of her life'...
The actress and radio host has being going from strength to strength on this year’s series of the dance show, sailing through to the semi-finals at the weekend.
Now, as Women’s Health‘s January cover star, she has opened up about her eating and fitness regime during her time on Strictly Come Dancing.
She said, “I’m physically in the best shape I’ve ever been in… for me it’s always been 80% what your body needs and 20% what your body wants. I mean, we get, like, 20 Domino’s pizzas delivered to the [Strictly] studio after we’ve finished filming on a Saturday!”
She also admitted that cutting out her favourite foods was never part of her plan. “When I started my transformation, I said to my PT, ‘Listen, there are going to be times when I want a glass of wine and a bar of chocolate.’
“I don’t want to have to look at a menu and panic. I don’t ever want to be so extreme that I get bored or hate it or am angry about it. I want to enjoy it.”
Despite her everyday training sessions for Strictly, Gemma recently revealed that she’s gained a stone since starting the show – also stressing that she’s enjoying the experience far too much to worry about her weight.
“There’s a cafe beneath where we train so, if we’re dipping in energy, we’ll nip out for a coffee and a chocolate bar,” she told the magazine.
“Aljaž rocked up with this massive Toblerone and we wolfed it down between us. I thought you could only get Toblerones at Christmas!”
But the occasional treat doesn’t mean Gemma’s super-healthy diet is slipping – as she revealed her typical day’s breakfast. “I get up at 4am, and at 5am I have three eggs, kale, spinach and avocado. Then mid-morning I have porridge oats with almond milk and whey. Then I go training.”
It seems the real secret to Gemma’s healthy lifestyle is her positive outlook, though. “I think confidence comes from the fact that I’ve learnt that as long as I’m happy and healthy, then that’s all that matters,” she said. “My mentality switched. I used to care what people thought of me, but life’s too short.”