Here's Everything We Know About Holly Willoughby's Diet and Fitness

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From Women's Health

Holly Willoughby is about to grace our TV screens every night for the next three weeks, as she stands in for Ant McPartlin alongside Declan Donnelly in this year's series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Which means, for approximately 21 nights, we'll be envying Holly's outfits, and pretty much wanting to do all we can to make them look as good on us as they do on her.



In recent years, viewers claimed Holly had undergone a noticeable fat loss. While the TV presenter has never spoken about it at much length ("I'm always one of those people that if you feel happy and healthy that's all that matters," she once said), there are a few tidbits of information about her approach to health and fitness out there that we've managed to hunt down for inspiration.

So here's what we know the mum-of-three does to maintain her shape:

1. She does pilates

After giving birth to her daughter, Belle, in 2011, Holly sought out a form of exercise that she could fit around her busy schedule. She began taking private pilates classes at home with trainer Lynne Robinson, who told The Sun: "Holly had postnatal mat work classes which concentrated on strengthening and toning her core. The exercises help trim the waist and flatten the stomach."

Why is pilates good for you? Well, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that after 36 weeks of trying the core-focused sport, participants had managed to strengthen their rectus abdominis (in other words, abs) by an impressive average of 21 percent. This is important for if you want stomach definition, but also for supporting your back, too.

2. She has a balanced diet

While Holly hasn't spoken much about her own diet - she once told Prima: "I don’t want to encourage eating disorders" by making others fixate on what she eats. Those close to her have revealed she does plan what she eats, but has a healthy approach to food and regularly enjoys herself eating cheese and pizza, as the below picture indicates. Clearly Holly is not one to shy away from the good stuff in life. That, my friends, is called balance.

3. She does boxing

You can thank Holly's Celebrity Juice co-star Keith Lemon (aka Leigh Francis) for sharing this dime of info. In an interview, when asked what Holly does to keep in shape, he replied: "I’ve heard a rumour that it’s some sort of boxing. I asked if she was going to be bringing a fitness DVD out, because everyone's going to be saying, 'I want a body like Holly Willoughby!" Considering an average-weight person is thought to burn around 300 calories for every half hour of sparring they do, you can see why Holly may have selected it as an effective form of exercise.

Boxing is a great sport to pick up as not only can it help to improve hand-eye coordination, it's a total body workout, plus has been found to provide mental health benefits, too.

4. She eats cheese

And she's not afraid to shout about it, either. Proving yet again she's perfectly struck the balance between discipline and enjoyment, Holly has previously posted about how much she loves the good stuff in life - namely, cheese and champagne. Noted: it's all about compromise.

5. She devotes time to looking after herself

Perhaps this one is a 'state the obvious', but many of us forget in the quest to achieve our ideal body that it requires work. And that requires time. Earlier this year, speaking on Lorraine, Holly said her physical change was partly down to just having more time. "My children are a bit older. You get to that point where you have a bit more time to yourself," she said, adding: "I think as long as you’re happy and healthy that's most important."