'I had people in restaurants asking me why I was eating a certain thing' - Elaine Crowley on Operation Transformation
TV3’s Elaine Crowley has said she couldn’t watch Celebrity Operation Transformation because it puts “the fear of God” in her.
The Midday presenter shed 1st 8lb when she took part in last year’s celebrity version of the hit RTE weight-loss programme.
She said the team leaders in both versions of the show should be praised for putting themselves in the public eye in such a vulnerable fashion.
Beauty editor Triona McCarthy came in for some criticism this week after clashing with trainer Karl Henry.
“I watched a little bit of it and I just got the fear of God,” said Elaine.
“I just got flashbacks of last year’s show and I just wasn’t able to watch it.
“It’s a really tough thing for anyone to do. Mentally, it’s a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be.
“I had people coming up to me in restaurants asking me why I was eating a certain thing.
“That level of intrusion I found a little strange.
“I really have to take my hat off to anyone, celebs or otherwise, who puts themselves forward for it.
“They’re so brave for doing it in the first place so no one should be giving them any stick.
“It’s very hard to stand up there in Lycra and bare your soul to the nation.”
She also said it is easy to follow the strict diet and exercise regime while the show is running.
“The real work kicks in afterwards,” she said.
“Everyone loses weight for a month. It’s easy to keep on it with a camera following you around, but afterwards it’s going to get a bit difficult.
“Maybe it’s different for everyone but I think you really have to want to do it for yourself.
“I think that’s why the celebrity one is different because people are approached for the celebrity version.
“So I suppose if you really want it and you’re lucky enough to be picked, you are going to try really hard.
“But unless you want to do it for yourself deep down and do it for your own state of mind, nothing’s really going to work for you.”