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Take a Peek Inside Emma English’s Fridge And Check Out Her Exercise Regime

Emma English gives us a sneak peek into her fridge and takes us through an average daily dietary pattern and exercise regime.

Pictures: Jerry McCarthy

Pictures: Jerry McCarthy

Body Stats

  • Height: 5’ 11
  • Weight: 10.5 stone
  • Clothes Size: 10

Food diary 

Breakfast: A bowl of porridge with currants and honey, scrambled eggs bacon and toast, or else a bowl of Special K.

Lunch: I’m not so good, usually it’s on the run as my days are busy. It could be an egg and mayonnaise sandwich with a packet of King crisps or takeout sausage rolls.

DinnerI’m very traditional, I love roast chicken with potatoes, vegetables and lashings of gravy, which I make from the fat left over in the roasting tray. Sometimes it will be steak and chips with mayonnaise or roast beef with roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, creamed mash potatoes and vegetables with lots of gravy.

Snacks: I don’t tend to snack in between meals.


UDO’s oil, Eskimo omega oils, Biotin Zinc and iron tablets.


I’ve never had to diet, thank God. I’ve always had a high metabolism and have never worked out in the gym. I don’t believe in low fat, I buy all full-fat products and believe everything in moderation is okay.

Biggest Weakness

McDonalds. After a night out, I never fail to stop off for a quarter pounder cheese burger and chips with a strawberry milkshake on my way home.

Are you disciplined?

I drink two litres of water or more a day which is great for my skin. I’m not really a drinker, I never have a drink at home and would have maybe three glasses of white wine on a night out.

Pictures: Cathal Burke

Pictures: Cathal Burke

Expert Opinion

Hi Emma,

Thank you for your food diary. Looking through the typical foods you eat there are some changes you could make that would make you feel better and more energetic. It’s great that you are happy with your weight and you’re able to maintain where you want to be. However, remember that healthy eating isn’t just about weight loss or management, but also helps us have more energy, sleep better and decreases our risks of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

Even when the actual figure on the scales may put us in a healthy range for our age and height, we may still be carrying a high percentage of body fat. Generally speaking for women we want to be under 30% and men under 20% body fat to offset the development of the above diseases.

Looking at your breakfast first, porridge is a great option but try not to add both honey and currents, try some berries for sweetness instead. When eating meat, opt for the leanest meats rather than bacon. Cereals are highly processed and contain lots of sugar with little nutritional value. Some Greek yogurt, fruit and chopped nuts for texture and crunch would be better nutritionally for you. Lunches can often be tricky for many people when we are busy but we need to be organised and not always reach for the quick fixes and takeaways. Again these are over processed taking a lot of goodness out of the foods, with a high sugar and salt content, which can make us feel sluggish and contribute to an increase in body fat.

Be careful of the amount of roast dinners you’re eating. As a treat they are fine but your diet is very high in unhealthy fats having them so often. Why not try some grilled chicken breasts adding some olive oil after they been cooked with some veg and roasted sweet potatoes, as a slightly healthier option.

Overall your diet is lacking in nutrients. Aim to have more natural foods and steer clear from processed easy options and try to exercise more. By introducing natural foods into your diet and moving more, not only are you decreasing your risk of developing diseases but also increases your quality and quantity of life, maintain mobility/function and decreases stress.

Yours in fitness,

Amanda @amandabodybyrne

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