British actress, Michelle Keegan, is the star of hit military drama Our Girl on BBC First. She gives us her best weight loss tips to stay in shape all year.
In the series, Michelle plays British army medic Lance Corporal Georgie Lane and she says it’s the most challenging role she’s ever taken on. “It took a combination of mental grit and physical stamina to prepare for the role of Georgie,” said Michelle. While fans love seeing her portray this powerful female character, we’re also in awe of her great physique. Here’s how she got her body looking that good…
Have a good – and consistent! – exercise plan
The most important thing about exercising is consistency. Home workouts are ideal, whether it’s doing a few sets of squats or lunges while watching a favourite show or in the fresh air of a backyard. You can start out slowly, building up with small weights and resistance bands. For Michelle, it’s all about challenging herself. She heads to gym first thing in the morning, then it’s over and done with. “I usually do weight training, alternating the different parts of my body, at least three times a week for 45 minute to an hour. It becomes easier to motivate and push yourself once you start seeing the results.”
Plan each meal
Prepping meals beforehand helps with Michelle’s busy schedule on set. “You’re more likely to make bad food decisions when you’re busy and hungry. Start by planning snacks or nutritious light foods you can eat throughout the day. Then, look at meals that will keep you fuller for longer like a protein in the form of salmon, or chicken teamed with steamed vegetables. Eating smaller portions more regularly keeps me satisfied. If I eat red meat, it’s always before 6pm because it takes longer to break-down.”
If you want a drink, make better alcohol choices
“I rarely drink, but when I am at an event or out being social I try stick to better choices, like a vodka and lime. Most alcohol contains a lot of sugar and hidden kilojoules so be mindful of what you’re putting into your body.”
Make your water more exciting
“People always talk about the importance of drinking water but, as good as that sounds, water can be very tasteless and boring. I’m always looking for new ways to add flavour to my water, to help curb some of my sweet cravings.” Try adding chopped fruit like berries, strawberries, lemon or lime slices, or go the cucumber and mint leaves route. You’ll be hooked in no time!