'I see young women getting wasted week in week out and then complaining they can't shift the weight' - TV star Amanda Byram
TV presenter Amanda Byram has told how she has gone teetotal - and believes booze is the biggest cause of weight gain in young women.
The Dancing With The Stars host has revealed she suffered years of misery while on fad diets during her modelling days.
The fitness guru - whose new Body By Byram workouts are now airing on RTE Player - no longer drinks alcohol or eats dairy or meat.
The 44-year-old says people struggling with their weight should cut back on or quit the booze entirely.
"It is the number one cause of weight gain in young women, especially around the belly area," she said.
"I see young women getting wasted week in, week out and then complaining that they don't understand why they can't shift the weight.
"Alcohol is pretty much a glass or bottle of sugar. Your liver processes the toxic booze first, and does not have time for the food - mostly junk when drunk - and that then just turns to fat."
Amanda has followed her own advice by going teetotal, because it "wasn't fun anymore".
"The hangovers were not worth the buzz and the buzz wasn't worth the weight gain," she said.
Amanda revealed she had just 8pc body fat when, aged 40, she posed naked for Women's Health magazine to promote the "strong is the new skinny" campaign.
"After years of being desperate to be thin and being miserable, I had really turned things around in my 30s and being strong not thin had been my MO for years," she said.
"I basically trained like an athlete for 10 weeks. Interestingly, I gained half a kilo but lost 8pc body fat, which is very telling. I always tell women to throw away the scales because muscle weighs more than fat.
"The project was very near and dear to my heart. It went to print on my 40th birthday and I was so proud to say that, after years of destroying my body, at 40 I was in the best shape of my life."
The Total Wipeout host said she spent years cutting out carbohydrates before discovering that a training regime, coupled with a healthy diet, was key.
She has now made six short, intense workouts for RTE Player inspired by her hectic schedule.
"I was spending so much time on the road and in hotel rooms, I had little to no access to gyms, and not a lot of time," she said.
"So I had to be creative and come up with routines that would get my heart pumping and calories burning.
"I have had an incredible response from women who have busy lives. A lot of mums who write to me say I have helped them get their pre-baby bodies back as they do my workouts when the baby is asleep. That's so satisfying."