Swimmer Rebecca Adlington lets us in on how she maintains her gorgeous figure
Twice Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington, 27, shares her top-to-toe health secrets with Now. From workout regimes to guilty food pleasures, she reveals all!
HEIGHT: 5ft 10in
DRESS SIZE: 12
Hi Rebecca! What’s your favourite way to work out?
I do a mixture of swim and gym about three times a week for an hour and a half. I don’t have much time for anything else especially now that I have my daughter (Summer, one).
How do you motivate yourself to work out?
To be honest, mine is more about health. I don’t have a goal or anything, I’m not working out to achieve something, it’s more about health and lifestyle. I feel better once I’ve worked out.
How do you stay fit while looking after Summer?
When you’re a mum you’re just chasing round after your little one; Summer is walking and everything! I take her out every single day, we’ve got two little dogs so we walk the dogs and go swimming; that’s something we’ve been doing since she was three weeks old.
That’s great! Do you have a favourite body part?
Ooh! This is a tough one because it’s my worst but best body part. I’d say my shoulders. They’re very big and I sometimes struggle to fit into clothes but they’ve been my power, they’ve been my strength, they’ve given me four Olympic medals.
Pretty impressive! What about least favourite body part?
My tummy, especially now I’ve had a baby. You just always seem to have this little pouch.
Have you got a guilty food pleasure?
Cake! Definitely cake. I love red velvet cake. That’s my absolute fave. I have a slice about twice a week.
Do you use any health apps?
Ooh, health apps, what have I got? (looks at phone). I’ve got like a Seven Minute Workout one. I used to use My Fitness Pal I got fed up of it because I make everything from scratch so I’m just like, ‘sod this I’m not doing this anymore’!
Do you take any health supplements?
Just a multi-vit and some fish oil because I don’t eat any fish so I make sure I’m taking fish oil every day.
Rebecca’s food diary
Now’s expert sports nutritionist Ollie Frost gives his verdict on her daily diet
BREAKFAST- Homemade granola with strawberries and blueberries with homemade cashew milk.
OLLIE SAYS: Homemade granola is high in dietary fat which will off-set hunger preventing poor diet decisions later on in the day. Berries of all kind are high in volume and low in calories- perfect for breakfast!
LUNCH- Eggs and avocado on toast.
OLLIE SAYS: Both eggs and avocado can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels (fat in the blood). The inclusion of carbohydrates means Rebecca can recover and perform optimally when training.
DINNER- Courgetti spaghetti Bolognese.
OLLIE SAYS: Courgetti is another excellent food that is high in volume but low in calories; perfect for fitting into a calorie controlled eating plan. Red meat contains vitamin b12, whichcan help convert food into energy.
SNACKS – Always a coffee. An apple and fruit and a protein shake.
OLLIE SAYS: Snacking on fruit which contains dietary fibre will help maintain a healthy digestive system and control hunger levels. If you don’t have access to protein shakes, 30g of unsalted nuts is a suitable replacement.
TOTAL CALS: 1631
OLLIE’S VERDICT: Rebecca’s food diary contains plenty of single ingredient, nutrient dense food, which will supply her body with the necessary vitamins and minerals as well as energy to fuel her daily activity. Include a whole spectrum of food sources to ensure you nourish your body as best as possible.
Rebecca Adlington is encouraging families to ‘just keep moving’ with Disney, Change4Life and the Amateur Swimming Association. Book your swim session at www.disney.co.uk/justkeepmoving.