Tess Daly has revealed the one thing she never does in front of her two girls, because she wants to grow up being body confident.
She has a figure many are envious of, but even Tess Daly can suffer from a ‘fat day’ – not that she’d ever complain about her weight or talk about diets in front of her daughters.
The Strictly Come Dancing host, who has been married to TV presenter Vernon Kay for 15 years, revealed that she never moans about not feeling her best in front of their two daughters, Phoebe, 13, and Amber, eight, because she wants them to be body confident.
‘If I’m feeling a bit fatter I won’t talk about it,’ she explained to Fit & Well. ‘I try to instil in them that their character is a lot more important than their appearance.’
She added: ‘There are times when you feel less body-confident. We all have those phases.
‘But if I feel that I need to lose an inch or so around the waist, I’ll just try to lay off the white bread.’
The mother-of-two, who likes to keep active with her family by going on bike rides, walking their dogs and hiking, revealed that she has only ever seriously dieted once after moving to Paris to work as a model.
After being spotted aged 18 while standing outside a McDonald’s in Manchester, Tess admitted that ‘cutting out chocolate and white bread’ in a bid to stay slim quickly made her new modelling job lose its appeal.
‘Everybody around me was on a diet, so it was the norm,’ she explained.
‘I told myself for a week, “No chocolate or white bread” – and it was utter misery.
‘Every window I looked in, every patisserie I saw, the baguettes would be waving at me.
‘I started thinking that it’s some sort of weird mind game – I’m fixating on it more than before, when it wasn’t an issue. I gave up the diet after a week and never went back.’
Now she follows her own mantra: ‘Do what makes you happy as long as you’re comfortable in yourself.’