Davina McCall’s secrets to body confidence as she celebrates 54th birthday

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Davina McCall, a one time bubbly TV presenter, who turned to fitness mogul in recent years, teaching fans the secret to looking good at any age, turned 54 today and and has said that she’s fitter now than she has ever been.

After suddenly developing interest in fitness exercise and body development, Davina was shy about showcasing her new body as she’s obviously very passionate about what she is doing.

Also as she realised that she’s at the risk of having heart related diseases due to cholesterol, she struggled to reduce her body size thereby being keen to her exercises.

According to Davina, who is now a full fledged fitness fanatic, one of the first switches she made after her wake-up call was going from full-fat milk to semi-skimmed, “which was a big sacrifice for me,” she explained.

One great sacrifice Davina says she still ‘continues to grieve for’, is cheese.

“My half-sister and I lived together for a long time and I remember our favourite dinner would be a ‘picky plate’ of assorted meats, cheeses, French bread and tons of butter.

“Now I very rarely eat cheese, other than a sprinkling of parmesan on my pasta or at Christmas time – I definitely see it more as a treat now.”

She’s now a full fledged fitness fanatic and to stay in shape, she makes the time to exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

“Essentially, I look at my body like an engine and it constantly needs fine-tuning to be working at top capacity,” she explained

While launching her own empire, she told fans she believes that her enviable age-defying figure is also down to genetics.

“We all have different body types,” she said in an interview with Hello magazine.

“My stomach hardly ever gets fat, but my bum and thighs turn to jelly if I don’t work out for like, three days.

“Even after I had a baby, quite quickly I lost my tummy. But when I was pregnant, my redeeming feature disappeared overnight and I was left with an enormous bum and thighs,” she explained.

Davina is a mother of three and was the presenter of the reality show Big Brother during its run on Channel 4 between 2000 and 2010.