PUBLISHED: 10:13, Mon, Sep 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33, Mon, Sep 14, 2020
Gemma Atkinson, 35, is an actress best known for her roles in Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. After giving birth to her daughter Mia, the 34-year-old embarked on a fitness journey to lose weight. What diet plan and exercise did she use?
Before taking part in 2017’s Strictly Come Dancing series, Gemma completed a 12-week diet plan with Ultimate Performance consisting of high protein and healthy fat foods to help her get in shape.
She was eating around five to six meals a day consisting of lean protein, lots of green vegetables and healthy fats.
A typical breakfast she ate was often eggs, smoked salmon and spinach.
Having a high protein meal at breakfast helps kick-start the metabolism which aids in losing weight.
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For lunch, Gemma would fill up on healthy fats and protein like chicken breast, avocado and green vegetables which would help her to stay full until dinner.
She explained that carbs were mainly kept for the end of the day or at least until she had exercised in the gym.
Gemma would typically enjoy red meat or fish, sweet potato and more green vegetables for dinner.
However the actress revealed that despite intense training, she put on weight during Strictly Come Dancing due to excessive snacking.
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Speaking on the Women's Health 'Going for Goal' podcast, Gemma said: "We