How to get Holly Valance’s slimline figure
Aussie star Holly Valance has come in for some flak recently with articles and forums having a pop at her for gaining weight. The former Strictly Come Dancing and Neighbours star has made no secret of the fact she has battled with weight problems in the past. And in April she was described as having “what looks like a double chin” and a “thicker waistline”. But it could just have been the unflattering white trousers and horizontally-striped jumper she was photographed wearing while having lunch with her fiancé, property millionaire Nicky Candy.
She has hit back at critics by posting stunning pictures of herself on Twitter, mocking those who criticised her heavier look by puffing out her cheeks and holding her hands in front of her stomach to suggest a rotund belly. Whatever the truth about any weight gain or loss, Holly has kept fit, healthy and lean for months now by following the James Duigan Clean & Lean approach to eating. The celebrity personal trainer, who also works with supermodel Elle Macpherson and actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely, says the key to his plan is to eat lean light proteins, simply cooked and foods that are close to the way Mother Nature made them.
Nothing should be processed, you should eat no white sugar and plenty of fresh ingredients. Holly, who is busy planning her wedding, has been a devotee of the diet for months and even wrote the forward for Duigan’s latest book. “It’s been easy,” she says. “Clean & Lean eating is common sense, and your body doesn’t have to go through any torturous reactions – as it does with silly fads – to get results. You need to be healthy first and foremost, inside and out.” Duigan’s ideas are all about changing your lifestyle, rather than going through faddy diets which your body struggles to cope with.
He suggests delicious home-cooked meals like lamb cutlets, quinoa, grilled figs with avocado. Italian-baked aubergine and courgette and chicken skewers – none of which sound like your typical diet fodder. You don’t even have to miss out on desert, with mouth-watering dishes that wouldn’t look out-of-place on a top restaurant menu –fancy raspberry and lemon curd roulade or vanilla mascarpone with chocolate, coconut and berries anyone? Duigan doesn’t pull any punches. He asks clients to put everything they can into being as healthy as possible. “Being overweight is a symptom of being unhealthy,” he says. “Focus on your health and weight will drop off.”
He has a list of superfoods he asks clients to introduce into their diet including berries, which are packed with vitamin C; dark green vegetables to replenish the body in times of stress; Turkey, which releases the feel-good hormone serotonin; and nuts, which help boost a battered immune system. There are also food enemies he tells those following his plan to cut out – sweets and sugary snacks, processed foods, junk food, salty foods like processed bacon and sausages, coffee and alcohol. It may sound like a lot of vices to give up, but one thing’s for sure, the plan certainly has Holly looking amazing, and she’s bound to make a beautiful bride when she does tie the knot.