Jane McDonald weight loss: Singer lost 4st by making one change to her diet
Jane McDonald says travel series is the 'best job in the world'
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Jane McDonald is the queen of cruise ship singing, and with the job comes lots of travelling and unsociable hours that can have a direct effect on one’s weight. A few years ago, Jane embarked on a diet and lifestyle overhaul and lost four stone. Here’s how she transformed her body from a UK size 12-14 to eight.
A few years ago, Jane was asked to take part in a TV show called Sugar Free Farm.
“My first thought was, ‘this is just a fat farm – why do they think I need to lose weight? I’m a size 12/14.’ I didn’t think I was that bad,” she admitted.
She went onto explain how the show was about cutting sugar out of a diet, instead of dieting to lose weight.
Jane’s dress size dropped to an eight and following the show, she “lost an [additional] stone and a half”, which in total, meant she shed four stone.
The show asked the celebrities to “cut out alcohol, cakes, biscuits, convinience food…everything”.
Jane said the “hardest thing” was not drinking red wine, and she didn’t realise how much sugar was in each glass.
The singer went onto admit that “appearing on the programme was the best thing I’ve ever done”.
She added: “I used to eat so much rubbish. I didn’t realise how much rubbish I used to eat.
“I’ve always loved a pie and I was very carbohydrate-led as I was always hungry. I ate far too much and all the wrong things. I didn’t realise that if you eat the wrong things, it doesn’t feed your body so you will want more.”
Jane went onto explain how her work schedule “takes a lot of energy” and when she started feeling tired, she “blamed it on age”.
She also said: “I thought it’s just normal to have a big waist and a spare tyre because of my age.
“Then I was invited to take part in Sugar Free Farm and I met Angelique Panagos, the resident nutritionist. “She said that I’d get a lot more energy if I just changed my diet and I looked at her with that ‘whatever’ look.
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“But within two weeks I’d lost about 9lbs and I didn’t feel hungry,” Jane remarked. “I always used to be hungry and was always snacking on something, but I don’t have any of that now. It’s because of a change in my mindset. I used to live to eat, but now I eat to live.”
As for the changes Jane made to her diet to maintain her new slim phsyique, she said: “I don’t eat any white carbs, like white flour or white pasta, now.
“And I start the day with a green smoothie every other morning. I blend up a mixture of raw greens, flax seeds, chia seeds, spinach, kale, mint and a banana. It really is lovely.
“If I go for about four days without it, I really feel a difference. I think it’s the raw greens that give you loads of energy.
“I’ve changed my whole life, though, too. I even have a tour bus now instead of staying in posh hotels while I’m on tour. I’ve got a fridge in there stocked with kale and I can plug my blender in,” she added.
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“The only bread I eat is one that I’ve got a recipe for from Angelique. It’s got no yeast in it and it’s made with lots of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, wholemeal flour, oats and yogurt of all things.
“It’s literally 20 minutes and it’s made – ready to put in the oven.
“I don’t eat a lot of it but when I’m really craving a bit of starch I just get some out of the freezer and stick it in the toaster and it’s done.”
Jane also said she doesn’t “eat any crisps” whereas before, she “used to devour them”.
“They were my guilty pleasure, crisps and dips,” she said.
“Now I buy organic nuts and seeds and I have Pulsin’ bars – they’re fabulous.
“It’s just changing your snacks. It’s easy to just sit and watch television and snack on crisps but now I do something else when I’m watching TV – I chop up my salads.”
Jane also makes sure that every meal she has, “half of it is vegetables or salads”.
“I eat quite a lot of meat, but I now have two days without it,” she continued. “I have halloumi cheese instead.”
What about exercising? Jane admitted she does “nothing”.
“That’s terrible, isn’t it. If I can, I’ll walk somewhere, particularly if I’m in London.
“When I’m on tour I’m very active though. The singing is fantastic for the lungs and the breath and the stomach. You have to deep breathe an awful lot and my abs are fabulous because of the singing – it’s nothing to do with crunches.”
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