Made In Chelsea‘s Binky Felstead has upped her fitness and healthy eating game in a big way over the past few months. And she’s looking blimmin’ fantastic.
But just like us, the reality TV star is all about keeping things interesting to stop herself from getting bored at the gym. We so feel you, Binks.
Speaking to Women’s Health, the brunette beauty said: ‘Whether I’m with my trainer or working out solo, I tend to break my session up into 30 minutes on the treadmill, doing incline sprints, then 30 minutes doing conditioning circuits, including burpees, leg raises, battle ropes and medicine ball crunches.
‘You name it, I’ve done it to keep myself interested and motivated.’
So, what is Binky’s fitness motivation? Well, she’s definitely training by the #strongnotskinny mantra.
‘I used to want to be skinny, but in the past few years my mindset has changed’, she said. ‘Now I want to train and tone up because it makes me feel confident. I see muscle definition in the mirror and I like that.’
And her healthy eating plays a big part, too. Here’s what else we learnt from Binky’s food diary:
Breakfast: For Binks, it’s all about homemade protein shakes, fruit salad or our fave, poached eggs and avocado on wholemeal toast to kick off her day. ‘I train three times a week for an hour in the morning’, Binky says. ‘I tend to not eat before I go to the gym in the morning because high-intensity training sometimes makes me feel sick. Also fasted training encourages my body to burn its own fat, rather than the food I’ve just eaten as energy.’
Lunch: Lunch varies for this Chelsea girl, but Binky tends to plump for a roast chicken salad with sweet potato and goats cheese (yum), or with a yoghurt dressing. At the weekend, she’ll go all out with a roast ‘with all the trimmings’. Oh, and she’s also partial to a traditional chicken pie with chips. ‘I go for gluten-free foods as often as possible because I feel bloated otherwise, and I don’t drink much alcohol – but chips are non-negotiable’, she says. Damn straight.
Dinner: Binky makes sure she gets a healthy dose of protein for dinner, along with plenty of veg. The MIC star cites sirloin steak with green salad and chicken quinoa salad as typical evening meals – but don’t think she scrimps on carbs. Binky also mentions spaghetti bolognese with wholemeal pasta and lamb shank massaman curry with brown rice amongst her favourite dinner dishes. ‘I crave spicy food more than anything so curries are my usual ‘cheat meal’ followed by something sweet’, she explains.
Snacks: Protein chocolate brownies, tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa and popcorn sound like our idea of tasty snacks – Binky regularly munches them all to keep her cravings at bay. ‘I’m trying to cut back on sugar, which is why I’ve started making my own peanut butter and chocolate protein balls. It’s all of the fun stuff with none of the bad bits’, she says.
Drinks: You won’t see any sugary drinks in Binky’s new regime, either – this lady’s all about black coffee, green tea and Earl Grey. Oh, and TONNES of water. ‘I’m trying to train myself to drink more water’, Binky reveals. ‘I buy a big bottle and carry it around with me everywhere I go to try to make the habit stick. It’s going well – but I’m having to run to the bathroom a few times a night because my body isn’t used to the extra liquid!’