Operation Transformation’s Doctor Eva could be a tough act to follow, but this year’s show mentor has a weight loss story of her own.
Doctor Ciara Kelly, a GP in Greystones, Co Wicklow, has had her own battle with her weight and admitted it’s ‘very hard work’.
The mum-of-four told RTÉ’S John Murray this morning that she has lost three stone in the past four years.
“I’ve had four children and four pregnancies,” Ciara said.
“I struggled massively with my weight and by the end of the fourth pregnancy, I was two stone heavier than what I am now.
“In the past four years I have lost three stone.”
Ciara said her own weight loss story will mean she will understand what emotions this year’s Operation Transformation contestants will be going through.
“It is all about hard work,” she said.
“It’s about putting in the effort and it’s all about portion sizes. Everything has to be eaten in moderation, you have to be watching what you eat all the time, especially at my age.
“And no matter what,” she advised, “you need to be getting exercise into your day, whether it’s just climbing the stairs, it’s the small things that add up.
“It’s not rocket science, it’s just very hard work,” she added.
This year’s dietician Aoife Hearne worked with the Tipperary senior hurling team for four years before their All-Ireland win in 2010.
“It’s all about balance, as boring as that sounds,” Aoife said.
“It’s about connecting with what you’re doing, some people eat when they’re not even hungry, it’s just about something else.”
Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas said she admire the bravery of the 20 people who have been selected for this year’s programme.
Today, the five leaders will be chosen after the contestants go through a gruelling fitness test, medical examination and ‘circle of truth’ session.
Last year an average of 544,000 viewers tuned in for each of the sixteen episodes.