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Friday 22 August 2014

'I'd consider a gastric band' - Mary Byrne

Conor Feehan

Published 04/10/2013 | 10:28

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X Factor star Mary Byrne is considering gastric band surgery to help her put a bit more pep into her performances.

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The Ballyfermot crooner has said she lost a stone-and-a-half as she catapulted to fame on the UK talent show, but try as she might she can't seem to shed any more.

"I'm not eating more, and I am moving more, but then I jump on the weighing scales and I'm still the same -- it's very frustrating," Mary told the Herald.

"So I'm going to start doing a few days a week in a gym on an exercise bike and really watch my diet, and if that doesn't work I might consider the stomach band."

Mary (54) said a thyroid problem as well as arthritis made it difficult for her to lose weight, but she has two motivations for thinning down.

"Firstly, my daughter Debbie has said she will put her fear of flying behind her and go to New York with me, but only if I drop another stone-and-a-half," Mary explained.

"And secondly, when I'm up on stage I'm swinging my hips and singing away, but I'd love to be doing more.

"I'd love to be running around the stage and jumping into fellas' laps.

"So the weight is annoying me in that way, I just want to shift it to be honest."

Debbie Byrne (26) has proved to be a great inspiration to her mother, having changed her lifestyle and lost more than four stone herself.

She has set herself a ten-stone target that she has nearly reached, and is now looking after what Mary eats and encouraging her to excercise too.

On the music front Mary is keeping busy, and is due to record an EP and new album in the coming months.

"It will be called Magic of the Musicals, and I'm penned-in for a gig in the Olympia in March as well as other gigs around the country," Mary explained.

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