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Kelly Brook is in a reflective mood when we catch up with her over the phone for our exclusive chat.
The model turned radio presenter tells us that she feels like a very different person to the girl who found fame in the '90s.
“I had a completely different body, a completely different lifestyle. I was skinny but I certainly wasn’t healthy,” she tells us.
The 41-year-old Heart DJ, who is a SlimFast ambassador, reveals she now not only has a better relationship with herself but better relationships with her loved ones – including her model boyfriend Jeremy Parisi, 34, who she’s been dating since 2015.
Here, with 73% of women admitting they have lost their motivational mojo due to the pandemic, Kelly talks about inspiring others to feel good about themselves…
Hi, Kelly! You’re turning 42 in a couple of months. How has your confidence grown since hitting your forties?
I look back at pictures of myself when I was in my twenties and I had a completely different body, a completely different lifestyle. I was in a bikini on a beach doing photoshoots, flying around the world; I was skinny but I certainly wasn’t healthy. When I look at that 20-year-old skinny girl, she’s just skinny. Everything else was a mess!
Has your mentality changed?
I think now I’m a lot calmer and I’m a lot more grounded. I have a much better routine, I have much better relationships with people, a great relationship with my boyfriend and my family, and I’ve got a lovely little dog that I walk every day.
Did your eating habits change during the pandemic?
I am an emotional eater and I find food comforting. I loved being at home and making our household happy and feeling like we weren’t missing out. You had the people who were following at-home fitness programmes and then you had people like me who were ordering pizza ovens and making fakeaways at the weekend because you couldn’t get your favourite junk food delivered. I fell into that school of having too many treats but ultimately it got me through [the lockdowns]. But now I’m out the other end, it’s time to put the pizza oven and ice cream maker away and get back to being a bit kinder to myself.
It’s been very easy to lose motivation over the past 18 months, hasn’t it?
Everyone’s priorities shifted, we all started focusing on how we were going to homeschool the children, how we were going to work from home and how we were going to work through this dreaded situation. Our wellbeing and health took a back seat. It was so easy when you were next to the fridge to have these “snaccidents” and eat lots of things you shouldn’t. We weren’t able to go to the gym, we weren’t able to be outdoors as much – it was just one of those things where our whole lives were turned upside down.
You say you follow the 80:20 rule, can you explain how that works?
Basically, 80% of the time I’ll be eating what I know is really good for me but 20% of the time I’ll go out for a meal and have that dessert. If I’m tired, I’ll have a coffee with sugar in. I think it’s fine if you want a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps. I try to stick to the plan as much as I can because it’s worked so well for me for so long now.
What is your go-to snack from the SlimFast range?
I always carry one of its double chocolate snack bars in my handbag. Its meal bars are great, too. If I’m running around and I haven’t had time to have lunch, I’ll just have a meal bar supplement, which is brilliant. Some of the shake powders have protein in and my boyfriend is always stealing them off me!
Kelly Brook is celebrating her weight loss and healthy weight maintenance with SlimFast UK. For more information visit SlimFast.co.uk or @SlimFastUK #SlimFastworksforme.
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