Wednesday 24 May 2017

Body after baby: New mum Lucy Kennedy sheds a stone in radical 20-day diet

Lucy at the IFTA awards in February 2011.
Lucy and husband Richard Governey are parents to baby Holly and three-year-old Jack.
Lucy's weekend breakfast show with Baz Ashmawy was cancelled earlier this year.
Lucy with her IFTA in 2008 for her work on Podge & Rodge show.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV PRESENTER Lucy Kennedy has got her pre-pregnancy figure back after embarking on a strict made to measure diet.

Like many new mums RTE presenter Lucy Kennedy was desperate to defeat the dreaded “mummy tummy” and thanks a radical new diet she has managed to shed nearly a stone in weight.

The 36-year-old has managed to drop down to her pre-pregnancy weight thanks to going on the HCG ‘made-to-measure’ diet.

Gallery: Body after baby

Users limit their daily intake to just 500 calories.

Lucy credits a synthetic replication of a hormone produced by pregnant women with helping her to lose those last few stubborn pounds after her second baby Holly’s arrival last April.

She said being in the public eye made it much harder to deal with her changing figure.

“I had already lost half a stone myself and then I went from 10 stone two pounds down to nine stone five pounds so I lost 11 pounds in three weeks,” she said.

“The whole ideas is you take these drops in the morning and the evening and you follow a very strict, 500 calories a day diet for 20 days.

“So the first two days of the 20 are like fat-filled days. I gorged on prawn crackers, cake, whatever I could get my hands on because you’re supposed to fill up.

“But then you’re on this really strict diet for 18 days.

For the first three days of the 18, I was going to bed dreaming of breakfast rolls, but then it’s so doable.”

She was given a strict diet plan to follow by the Hospital Group and had to cut out all alcohol and sugar for the first three weeks before entering the ‘stabilisation’ phase.

Lucy also had to eat low-fat foods like chicken fillets, fruit and vegetables and limited amounts of dairy, along with sessions with a personal trainer.

She says she “hates the gym”, so losing the excess baby weight was never going to be straightforward.

“You do get a baby tummy because you have excess skin that’s so hard to lose in the gym or by cutting out carbs.

“A diet like this targets your stored fat,” she added.

“It’s so nice just to be able to wear nice clothes and feel like me again.”

Lucy, who has been married to Richie Governey for four years, gave birth to her first baby Jack (3) in 2009.

She’s currently on maternity leave from RTE as she considers her next move in the wake of her breakfast show with Baz Ashmawy being rested and is planning a new year return.

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