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I licked cocoa beans to beat chocolate craving – Lucy

She has worked hard on her super-slim figure as she gears up for the premiere of her new show Keeping Mum this week, but RTE presenter Lucy Kennedy had to endure the mother of all temptations.

After undergoing the new HCG diet regime, which saw her shed almost a stone in weight, the self-confessed chocoholic was put to the test when she travelled to Africa to film the story behind the sweet stuff.

Just weeks after completing the diet, the mum to Jack (3) and 9-month-old Holly travelled to Ghana for an RTE documentary called The Story Of Chocolate. In order to maintain her slim figure, the Sandycove native vowed to stay chocolate-free for the duration of the trip – although she admits the temptation was almost over-powering.

"I was surrounded by cocoa beans so I ended up licking them. There was no chocolate, just the beans," said Lucy.

"Since I finished the diet I haven't put on a pound, which is great," she added.