Absolutely Flabuless

Rock stunner Kim Wilde has revealed how a disastrous love life and failing career left her battling the bulge. Now back in shape, the 30-year-old singer has revealed her diet secret … porridge.
Kim, who’s currently starring on stage in Tommy in London’s West End, admitted she relied on food as her life turned sour. But after piling on one-and-a-half stones, Kim, who recently married her co-star Hal Fowler, had to take drastic action.
She admitted: “I really let myself go. I was pigging out, drinking far too much and getting no exercise. Not taking care of myself was all tied into pent-up depression. I didn’t associate the two until much later, though.”
Now Kim – back to a slender size 10 – watches her diet carefully, and lives a healthier lifestyle.
She told Slimmer Magazine: “I have Bran Flakes and a banana for breakfast. Although in winter, you can’t beat porridge. I eat pasta and I’m not a fan of convenience food – I’d much rather eat something like beans on toast – filling, low in fat and good for you.”
The singer said changing her whole attitude to food has been the answer.
She added: “We have to listen to our bodies – it took me years, but now that I do I’ve noticed a vast improvement in my skin and my general health.”
But Kim isn’t the only superstar to have a secret to staying slim. Telly’s Scottish golden girl Carol Smillie reckons having a toyboy is the answer. The 34- year-old mum of 17-month-old Christie is married to restaurateur Alex Knight, who’s four years her junior.
Carol said: “Being married to such a spring chicken makes keeping my figure vital.”
A typical meal for Carol would include vegetable soup, roast beef and crispy, cooked vegetables or roast chicken and baked potato, followed by fruit salad and mango sorbet.
Carol added: “I don’t drink or smoke, and I try to keep my eating habits simple and resist the temptation to shove chocolate in my bag. Instead I snack on fruit.”
At 49, gorgeous Joanna Lumley puts her sensational figure down to a vegetarian diet. She revealed: “The minute I gave up eating meat at the age of 25, I lost about a stone and a half and I’ve kept it off.”
Joanna says she never misses meat — and even cooks it for her husband, conductor Stephen Barlow. She admitted: “I’ve been through loads of fad diets in my time. Now I just stick to plain vegetarian cooking.”
Model Marie Helvin is another 40-plus stunner who swears by a no-meat diet.
Marie, 44, also eats low-fat foods and, at 5ft 9, is a toned 8st 13lbs.
She said: “I’m a low-fat eater. I eat fish, but gave up meat more than 20 years ago. I also work with weights.”
At 57, Tina Turner is still said to have the best legs and flattest stomach in the business. Regular workouts and a healthy diet are her secret to having the body of a 25- year-old.
Tina’s personal fitness adviser, Karen Voight, revealed: “Tina’s diet is low- fat with a lot of vegetables, grains, rice and barley. She breakfasts on melons, strawberries and oatmeal and a typical Tina dinner would be things like spinach, salads, steamed vegetables and rice. Plus, she always drinks a lot of water. But Tina already has the genes that keep her body young-looking, which is a great start.”

Chipsahoy !

Cilla Black has confessed to being a serial calorie-counter. The 53-year-old Blind Date host is 5ft 6ins and a trim nine-and-a-half stones. But she admitted: Keeping my weight down takes a lorra, lorra work.
Cilla told this month’s Slimming Magazine: “I’m a calorie-quoter. I do it to my friends – if they’re eating something, I’ll tell them the calories. I’ve educated my body against fat and oils. But I love chocolate.”
When she’s not working, Cilla eats breakfast and lunch. But she said: “I never eat before a show. If I go to a restaurant after work, I tend to have a starter and then something light with no dessert.”
But Cilla admits she sometimes goes off the rails. She giggled: “Yesterday I had all this toffee – but I won’t kid myself that I can eat like that every day. Mind you, a chip butty and a glass of champagne after a show is heaven on earth to me.”

Cher’s Brownie points

Golden oldie Cher is said to be 8lbs lighter than when she topped the charts in 1965 with I Got You Babe. Gossips claim the 51-year-old superstar had two ribs removed to make her waist even thinner. But she says her secret is straight- forward – sweating it out at the gym. She said: “I spend hours in the gym sweating my butt off to look like this. I could eat more and not be so figure-conscious. The truth is I would rather look good than have extra Brownies.”