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How Norah shed the pounds – no alcohol during the week

BROADCASTER Norah Casey has credited her hectic schedule and diminished social life with helping her to maintain a slimmer figure.

The head of Harmonia publishers has led a quiet life since her husband Richard Hannaford died in 2011, shunning the glitzy dinners and events at which she was a regular.

The 49-year-old says that juggling several jobs and maintaining a healthy diet has helped her to shed the pounds.

Norah also presents the breakfast slot on NewsTalk, which sees her rise at 4am.

And she fronts the afternoon show Today on RTE1 and business show The Takeover, both of which recently finished their first season.

The Dubliner admits she doesn't step on the scales too often.

"I think it's a huge lifestyle change," Norah said.

"When Richard was alive, we would be eating out and going for dinner.

"We would go to events and I haven't done that in a very long time.

"I get up early and am moving all day, so I don't have breakfast and rarely stop throughout the day for big meals."

When she is not working or spending time with son Dara (13), fitness fanatic Norah is pounding the pavements to stay active and healthy.

"As soon as I get home, I put on the sneakers and go out and walk. It really clears the head.

"It's my way of unwinding but I'm not consciously doing anything," explained the ex-Dragon's Den star.

While her lifestyle is clearly helping, Norah keeps alcohol to a minimum.

"I just eat healthily to keep my energy levels up and it helps that I don't drink alcohol from Monday to Friday. It's that change that has made the difference."