The Food Revolution That Brought the Good Life to TV's Carol; for Years Carol Vorderman Fought a Battle with Her Weight Jackie Brown Talks to the Star of Countdown about the Detox Diet That Gave Her the Figure She Always Dreamed Of
Byline: Jackie Brown
COUNTDOWN star Carol Vorderman is famous for having a head for figures - but one thing she has never liked adding up are calories.
For years the 41-year-old star battled with her weight as she tried one diet after another. The pounds came off - and went back on again. Then she decided to take a different approach by going on a detox plan.
Out went alcohol, caffeine, meat, cheese and even fish as Vorderman revolutionised her diet and found the inches melting away. She went from a rather mumsy size 14 to a size 10 and overnight - it seemed - turned into a glamorous celebrity.
Vorderman, who is currently presenting Britain's Brainiest, has managed to keep her trim figure which is a major breakthrough for a former yo-yo dieter. "In the past I would lose weight and put it on. I was not big, big but I was always thinking about it, always thinking about how I would like to be five pounds lighter, " says the presenter, who is dressed in a clingy navy blue trousersuit.
"I don't weigh myself these days. I try something on and if the buttons are a bit tight I go on the detox. The rest of the time I eat well and I don't count calories - it is like a release from the burden of feeling guilty about food because I enjoy what I eat."
Now Denbighshire-born Vorderman, who has just embarked on her fifth detox in three years to get rid of the effects of Christmas excess, has published a new book, Carol Vorderman's Detox For Life. It is a follow up to her video, released a year ago, which outlined the main points. This time recipes and meal plans have been included.
SHE is refreshingly down-to-earth about the diet, admitting that she doesn't follow it to the letter.
"I have never stuck to it 100pc, " she says with a smile. "I do it about 80pc and still get the results. I have some tea and I do occasionally have wine."
As if to prove her point, she is drinking Earl Grey tea with milk as she talks, both of which are on the what-to-avoid checklist of her diet. Rather than being a rigid eating plan, the detox is about changing eating patterns, says the presenter.
"One thing I say is not to get hung up about it. If you do have a biscuit don't get overly stressed about it. It is long term - changing the way you eat forever into something more healthy.
"You feel much more in control. If my clothes feel a bit tight I just think I will detox for three weeks and be fine. I don't worry about it (weight) - I am quite looking forward to all the benefits."
The benefits of the diet are, she says, having more energy, glowing skin and shiny hair - although she accepts that the first time people detox, there might be a few surprises. …