Davina McCall is 49 and smokin'! So how does she do it?
TV presenter Davina McCall, 49, rocks an insane body! Now caught up with her to chat about workouts and daily diets…
HEIGHT: 5ft 7in
DRESS SIZE: 10-12
Hi Davina! What’s your favourite workout?
I workout to myself! Honestly, I know it is a bit weird but I’m completely and utterly obsessed with my DVD. I do a half hour workout, two to three times a week.
How do you motivate yourself to keep fit?
I think of how I feel afterwards and I have never regretted a workout. You say to yourself: ‘Can I be bothered, it looks cold outside, I could just order room service.’ [laughs] Then I say: ‘It is half an hour of your life!’
When do you feel most body confident?
What comes with age is more body self-acceptance. I look at my body now and think: ‘I am going to make it the best it can be.’
Do you follow any motivational instagram pages?
I have a cousin Finella McCall @fitfenji. She is a recovering addict who lives in Oz and her day is my night so when I wake up what she’s been doing inspires me.
Nice! What’s your one killer workout move?
Burpees. You need a lot of upper body strength but it’s working your arms, your legs, your core. It’s cardio. That’s why they are so effective and there’s no weights needed.
Do you have a guilty food pleasure?
Now, because sugar’s off the menu, it would be fat. I make a delicious malt loaf, free from refined sugar and I have that with lashings of butter.
Any foods you always avoid?
White bread and white rice. I don’t enjoy the taste of them any more.
Davina’s food diary
Now’s expert sports nutritionist Ollie Frost gives his verdict on her daily diet
BREAKFAST– Two poached eggs on whole-wheat toast
Carbohydrates aren’t the issue when it comes to weight gain; excessive calories are. A piece of toast with protein-packed eggs will increase satiety, the feeling of fullness, for hours, preventing a mid morning crash.
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LUNCH -An M&S mini salad and a couple of easy peeler satsumas.
Davina has chosen a light lunch- a little too light. Pad out a salad with a protein source such as shredded chicken or chickpeas. Protein will promote the growth of lean muscle tissue and repair from everyday life or working out.
DINNER – Baked roasted tomato risotto [from book 460 cals]
Risotto rice is packed full of vitamin C, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Eating a carb heavy meal later on in the day is believed to help boost melatonin, the sleep hormone. Additional vegetables could be added to this meal to boost overall volume and mineral content.
SNACKS – Almonds, unsalted peanuts. I make my own plain fruity flapjacks [from book 165 cals].
Nuts are the best snack; they contain high amounts of protein and dietary fat, which will curb appetite cravings and boost energy levels to help beat the afternoon slump. Getting creative through cooking homemade snacks will help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Total cals : 1424
Davina’s food diary contains single ingredient, un processed foods that will nourish her body, however the amount of food she is consuming is far too low. This will lead to low energy levels and possibly chronic fatigue and illness. Another 500 cals is recommended to meet the daily RDA. Choosing the same foods simply adjusting the portion size will help solve this.
Davina’s Sugar-Free In A Hurry is published by Orion in paperback & eBook, priced £16.99/£8.99.
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