Wednesday 19 September 2018

Anna Daly reveals she lost her baby weight by eating biscuits and ditching the gym

Anna Daly,TV presenter launching Tesco's ;The Community Chill’ campaign. Picture: Naoise Culhane
Anna Daly,TV presenter launching Tesco's ;The Community Chill’ campaign. Picture: Naoise Culhane
Anna Daly & husband Ben Ward
Anna Daly with baby son Rhys William Ward
Anna Daly
Anna Daly pictured in Dublin
Anna Daly
Anna Daly at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV3 presenter Anna Daly has revealed the secret to her super svelte figure: ditching the gym and not weighing herself anymore.

The Weekend AM host welcomed her third child last December and is back in her pre-baby wardrobe, which she credits to taking a healthy approach to weight loss - and allowing herself sweet treats in moderation.

Anna Daly at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Anna Daly at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins

"I lost it without even thinking about it, to be honest, because I think when you're trying, it doesn't really work," she said.

"I was trying a bit, which meant that I didn't have five biscuits with my cup of tea. I've never really killed myself, but when you're just busy and you stop weighing yourself, it just happens.

"It's crazy. I haven't gone back to my yoga or my Pilates, and my gym membership has expired."

She and husband Ben Ward flew to Portugal last month for a family holiday with their three boys James (six), Euan (four) and Rhys (nine months) and she said the idea of putting on a bikini was motivation enough to stay on top of things.

Anna Daly
Anna Daly

"I think a lot of people can relate to that. My holiday was in my sights and I was like, 'I can't look like s*it in my bikini,'" she added.

"So, I was not working hard, but I was keeping on it. Then, I went on holidays and I took a break from exercising - you come home and the two weeks turns into three weeks and four weeks. Then, you realise your gym membership has expired."

Anna, who got her start in TV3 working in the station's marketing department, recently branched out from presenting her weekend programme to filming a one-off documentary about Ireland's most lavish houses, called Dream Homes. She's hoping it could lead to a possible series and said the reaction was "great".

"It was very positive all round and it did the number. To be honest, that was a bit of a no-brainer from TV3's point of view. I brought it to them, it's a tried-and-tested formula, this item on property rates," she expalined.

Anna Daly & husband Ben Ward
Anna Daly & husband Ben Ward

"We were doing it on Sunday's already, so we just extended it into an hour-long special - we'd love to do more of them."

Anna will be turning on the smiles for the cameras this week for the Tesco Community Chill campaign, which helps feed 40,000 people weekly.

And she admits that just like other parents, she struggles to get the greens into her children.

"They are a little bit fussy and they pick out the veg and go, 'I'm not eating these'. It's fighting a losing battle at times, but they say to keep persevering, keep putting colour in front of them. But I do think it's a very Irish thing, to fill up a fruit bowl and throw it out a week later and yes, I am guilty of that, like many parents."

Herald

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