Michelle Keegan says she was racked with 'guilt' for eating too much but now tucks into cheese and skips exercise

MICHELLE Keegan has revealed she used to feel "guilty" for eating too much or not working out.

The 33-year-old actress reveals she can now tuck into cheeseboards and avoid exercise for weeks without punishing herself.

“I haven’t worked out for two weeks, but I’m not punishing myself over that," she told Women’s Health UK podcast, ‘Going for Goal’.

"If I want a cheeseboard one night, I’ll have it, without feeling guilty.

"[Previously] it was always the guilt for me, a lot of the time, and why I would be in the gym for two hours because I was like ‘oh I’ve really been bad this week, so I need to go to the gym, I need to work it off’.

"And I was in the gym for two hours."

When she's not treating herself, Michelle's normal daily diet is still extremely healthy.

“Breakfast is normally porridge with oat milk, and a few berries in there, or brown bread with avocado," she said.

"Then for lunch, I normally have a protein base, whether it’s chicken or a fish with veg.

"I tend to stay away from potatoes around midday because I crash around 3pm if I have loads of carbs, and I get really tired…and then for tea or dinner, I always make seabass or salmon with soya sauce and a bit of honey on there, and then I have asparagus and broccoli."

And when she has a treat day she always gets her exercise done first.

"I would definitely exercise first because that just sets me up for the day, and if I’ve already got that exercise done, I can tick it off a list, and I’ll feel a lot better for the day," she said.

"I’ve really got into walking in lockdown. I love going for walks with my dogs, getting a bit of fresh air, and getting coffee on the way round. With the dogs, in the sunshine, that for me is a big treat.

"And then come home, maybe have a bath and then have a really nice dinner, like, a treat dinner.

"I might have some garlic prawns to start with, with some crusty bread, and then for my main, I like pasta with garlic and chilli olive oil, and a bit of parmesan cheese on top.

"And then for my dessert, I’d have a caramel cheesecake and a nice glass of Chardonnay."

Michelle's husband Mark Wright has been doing live virtual workouts in lockdown and she admits he has encouraged her to get moving.

"The fact that he [Mark] would roll out of bed, go into the garden, and I could hear him setting up live outside and I thought ‘I’ve literally got no excuse, I’m in the bedroom’," she said.

"I did it there and then – got my gym mat on the floor and I did half an hour HIIT in the bedroom, and it just set me up for the day and made me feel a lot more positive with what was going on at that time."

This year the fitness fanatic is hoping to get into Pilates or yoga this year.

"At the minute, I am doing it a couple of days a week and I’m really enjoying it," she said.

And she's hoping to continue cycling when we get into spring.

"Lockdown last year, I got into cycling, and I’ve never been into cycling in my life," she said.

" I didn’t even know what cleats were.

"I really got into it, and I really, really enjoyed it.

"So hopefully, when it gets a bit warmer, I’m going to start cycling again…sometimes I used to do it on my own and do 14 miles."

  • Listen to the full Michelle Keegan interview on the Women’s Health ‘Going for Goal’ podcast, available now.

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