How I lost two stone for my New Year body - Nadia Forde
Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30
Irish model Nadia Forde has revealed the secret behind how she dropped two stone and created a new body for the New Year.
The model said that online critics attacked her for her curves but said she ultimately made the decision to lose weight for herself.
The 26-year-old wowed fans when she stepped out on a beach in Santa Monica in a striking pink bikini appearing a dramatically slimmer version of her former self.
Sources close to the model and singer say her hard work has paid off - and Nadia is now down to the final rounds of auditions for the Baywatch movie, after flying to Los Angeles to meet executives shortly before Christmas.
She will find out in the next two weeks if she has landed a role - alongside the stunning Priyanka Chopra, in a reboot of the classic '90s show about California lifeguards.
But opening up this weekend about her weight-loss journey, she said her detractors' comments didn't bring about her image overhaul: "I didn't to it until I was ready. It was for health and to be happy in my own mind. You have to do it for yourself."
As thousands of New Year dieters battle on with their fitness and weight resolutions, she gave her top tips for getting in shape.
"My biggest tip is to cut out all snacking. I would have the odd apple or oat cracker but that is very rare now. Have three good square meals and you won't deviate," she says.
"If I have a treat I'll always stop straight away now. I won't let it linger on throughout the evening and use it as an excuse to be bad. So if I have a dessert for lunch, I'll be back having a healthy dinner again and then that's it for the night.
"I go to the gym four or five days a week now.
"Boot camp taught me how much we can do in the gym if we really push ourselves. You'll never find me just going in for 20 minutes anymore and floating through. I'm in for an hour and sometimes I'll do a class along with my workout in the gym. I feel guilty if I don't go to the gym but that's just become a thing lately," she laughs.
Describing her lifestyle before the turnaround she said: "I had a lot of bread. I used to sit in and have my digestive biscuits. I think it's a state of mind. If you are happy you look great and you glow from the inside out and if you are unhappy you can often see it in a person too. I don't think I was very happy at the time."
But now her diet consists of healthy, low-carb, low-fat options.
"I'd usually have muesli or porridge and milk and berries or a green juice from my Nutribullet for breakfast and then for lunch I would have a salmon or chicken salad.
"For dinner then I would have chicken or fish and vegetables."
"I also brought my portion sizes down and I don't drink alcohol."
Nadia also went against the trend of incorporating lots of protein-rich eggs in her diet, saying you have to slowly learn what's suits your own digestive system.
"I gave up eggs. I felt really ill every time I ate them and the minute I cut them out I noticed a big difference in my body. My friend Lynn [Kelly, model] was like 'what? I can't believe it' because she lives on them - so it's each to their own."
The model and reality star described her toughest time as hearing people pass remarks about her shape. "When your body is written about it's really hard as a woman," she said, commenting on online trolls that followed her stay in the jungle for I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
The 26-year-old is also newly loved up and living with Welsh rugby beau Dominic Day in Bath, England.
"He is so supportive, he is incredibly loyal, that's his number one thing and he is very funny. I am really lucky. I am in a very happy place with my life," she said.