Sunday 25 March 2018

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya on how she shed more than three stone

Nadiya and her family appeared in Hello! Magazine
Nadiya and her family appeared in Hello! Magazine
Nadiya Jamir Hussain beat Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in an emotional final (BBC/PA)
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The winner of Great British Bake Off Nadiya Hussain has revealed the secret to her three stone weight loss in less than nine months.

The 30 year-old mum of three who was crowned the winner of the BBC One competition admitted she became comfortable after welcoming her three children and reached a size 18.

Despite being happy and “comfortable”, the baking queen revealed she had reached a size 18 and wanted to get healthier for her young family.

 “After I was married and a mum, I got comfortable, my husband loved me, the house was warm, I was happy. I was a size 16/18,” Nadiya told Hello! Magazine

“I decided three years ago to do something about my weight. I briefly tried meal replacements and lost a stone but they didn't suit me.

“Instead, I just ate smaller portions of food and walked a lot. I would do five miles before the kids got up and then go out again in the evening. I also drank around 4L of water a day. Gradually, over nine months I lost three stone.”

Speaking to the magazine, Nadiya admitted that she almost quit the show before it began because she feared she wasn’t able for the pressure of the GBBO tent.

 "Before I did Bake Off I did wonder if, after 10 years of being at home, I was work ready. When I was called for the final 12 I nearly rang to tell them I couldn't do it.

“My speech when I won came from somewhere deep. It was all about the boundaries I put on myself.

“But with each week of Bake Off another boundary fell away until I felt completely open and free to run as far as I wanted. I feel there's nothing I can't do.”

The GBBO winner revealed that she’[s excited about the future after judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood deemed her worthy of the prestigious title.

 “I'd love to do telly and write a book and whatever else comes along, nothing's sealed yet. None of this feels like work, it feels like fun.

“I'm having such an amazing time; I never imagined I would enjoy it so much. I want to grab it with both hands and say 'it’s mine’.”

The mum also laughed off the attention her husband Abdal has received since he appeared on the BBC One show.

“I believe he's what you'd call a dreamboat, that's what it says in the papers, Or 'the Hottie with the Cappuccino Skin.' That's what I call him now. It's not all that surprising though because he is lovely and quite handsome.”

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