Millie Mackintosh was always our favourite of the Made In Chelsea cast and her career seems to have gone from strength to strength since leaving the show.
The star has focused on fitness over the past few years and has an incredible figure, while still making time for festivals, parties and the odd burger!
So, when we spotted that the 26-year-old had written a column on making healthy food choices for lifestyle website Byrdie, we couldn’t wait to hear her top tips.
Her number one piece of advice is definitely something we can get on board with: everything in moderation.
“Like everyone, I enjoy a night out with friends where I eat and drink what I like – Italian is my favourite – but if I know I’m going to have a busy few weeks or I’m prepping for a shoot, I work out in advance which nights I am going to be good and when I will treat myself.
“I like to take a look at the restaurant menu online and have an idea of what I’m going to order before I even arrive at the restaurant. Having said that, it’s also fun to be spontaneous – if my friends are all ordering pasta, there is no way I’ll have steamed fish and greens – sometimes those spontaneous nights end up being the most fun!”
If planning a lot of nights out, Millie says that she increases her cardio training to offset the calories and finds that taking charge of the arrangements means she can choose a restaurant with healthy options.
“If I’m going out with friends, then I try to work it so I choose the restaurant—when I do that I’ll make sure to book somewhere that I know does delicious but healthy options. In the evenings, I’ll go quite low carb; if there are canapés going around, I have been known to take the mini burger out of the bun and just eat that! Quite often, though, I’ll eat before I go to a party, so that way I don’t get there starving and end up eating lots.”
Millie also revealed that she often makes healthy swaps, such as having a salad or vegetables instead of chips or asking for a alternative to creamy sauces.
Dressings tend to have a lot of calories, so I’ll switch a Caesar dressing, for example, to olive oil and lemon juice on the side. I’ll also ask for my vegetables to be steamed, as they are often cooked in lots of butter and salt. Or, if I’m going out for a burger, I’ll ask for it to be wrapped in lettuce rather than a bun.
While we’ll definitely be keeping some of these tips in mind for the summer months, our favourite piece of advice from the star is to forget the guilt when it comes to overindulging!
“When we eat out, the servings tend to be big, and I’ve always had this mentality since I was a child to eat everything in front of me, never thinking to check ‘Am I actually full’?
“Next day, if you did eat or drink a bit more than you had planned, don’t worry about it; just make a mental note to start fresh. I know that if I let a cheat meal slip into a week or month then my skin will break out and I won’t feel my best. On the flip side, you should treat yourself every now and then when you feel like it!”