How Emma Willis, 43, got her incredible body back after having third child left her cellulite ‘out of control’ – The Sun

How Emma Willis, 43, got her incredible body back after having third child left her cellulite ‘out of control’ – The Sun

HER buff, tanned abs would be the envy of any Love Island star – and that's before considering she's had no less than three kids.

In her latest stunning swimwear shoot, 43-year-old Emma Willis looks in the shape of her life, but it's not come without hours of hard graft.

The former Big Brother presenter was forced to reassess her lifestyle last year after being diagnosed a raft of problems, including stress and inflammation all over her body.

She also revealed she struggled to stay trim after her third pregnancy left her cellulite "out of control.

Now the host – who is married to Busted star Matt Willis and is mum to Isabelle, ten, Ace, eight, and Trixie, three – has bounced back after changing her diet and exercise routine.

From 'reformer pilates' to Epsom salts to cure puffy legs, here’s how Emma keeps her body and mind in trim.

Cellulite breakout led to PT

Before giving birth to third child Trixie in 2016 aged 40, Emma admits she had a sporadic approach to exercise.

But an increase of cellulite during the pregnancy spurred her to take action and hire celebrity personal trainer Rob Solly, who also counts Paloma Faith and Olly Murs amongst his clients.

As well as designing a personal workout plan, Rob’s programme explores diet, stress levels and sleep patterns to maximise benefits.

And he has been keeping Emma on her toes since before Trixie was born.

“The secret is training while you’re pregnant to get you in shape way before you give birth. Being 40 and pregnant with my third child, it’s no surprise that the cellulite on my legs got out of control," she told Woman magazine.

Being 40 and pregnant with my third child, it’s no surprise that the cellulite on my legs got out of control

"When even my mum noticed it, I knew I had to get a trainer. I have been training a lot recently.

“I do all over body workouts, HIIT classes, boxing and lots of leg and back work. I have a bit of a dodgy back so I’m trying my best to to keep it strong. Lots of squats and dead lifting."

She now tries to fit in two to three hour-long workouts each week as well as her regular pilates sessions.

Emma’s Instagram is now full of workout pics with one, a photo of herself after a heavy fitness session, captioned: “Twice in one week @rob_solly this is getting serious…"

'Knackered and stressed'

Nowadays, Emma says she feels a new responsibility to look after herself and she is doing all she can to hold back the sands of time.

“I just want to live as long as possible because I have three children and a husband that I don’t want to leave,” she told the Daily Mail last year.

“I see my parents getting older and I think ‘How can I prevent what is going to happen to me?’ I may as well try and live well now rather than getting to 60 and thinking ‘Why didn’t go to those Pilates classes?’”

But it was a health scare early last year which forced her to “reassess everything.”

Feeling “really sh** and low” she initially thought she was pregnant but ended up at hospital having blood tests to get to the bottom of it.

She said the test results were “not great,” adding: “I had quite a few inflammation markers that came back."

“I had really low hormones, really high cholesterol and things weren’t good," she said.

“Normally, I’m a very positive, happy person and suddenly I wasn’t, and that really affected me.”

Convinced it was time to take action, the presenter turned to a nutritionist for help.

Normally, I’m a very positive, happy person and suddenly I wasn’t, and that really affected me

“I went to see a nutritionist, who did some tests, and it turned out to be lots of different things that were all over the place," Emma told Women’s Health.

“Stress, inflammation in my body, as well as being puffy and bloated, and I was just knackered.”

On the nutritionist’s advice, she underwent a six-week cleanse and took up as well as adopting a healthier diet.

“It took a while but I felt so much better by the end of it. It’s annoying. It’s constantly looking after yourself.”

She also took up reformer pilates – a form of the exercise which uses an apparatus with springs and pullies.

Emma's Fitness Tips

1. Figure out what works for you

It’s possible three gym sessions a week isn’t feasible – in which case, seek other alternatives.

Home-based workouts are just as effective if you have equipment and a guide to accompany you. You can also fit these around work schedules and social calendars.

2. Take it week by week
Setting impossible could leave you feeling under pressure and frustrated. Try approaching fitness on a week-by-week basis instead, it’s much more manageable than setting up monthly or three-monthly plans – particularly if you’re just starting out.

3. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous
Following a weekly plan doesn’t have to sap all spontaneity from your workouts. If you suddenly feel the urge to exercise on a day when you’re not scheduled to do any, don’t be put off.

4. Workout with a friend
Gyms can be intimidating for first timers, so see if a friend of a similar fitness level to you is keen to join (or maybe a more experienced friend who can offer useful guidance?).

And if you can’t find anyone to go with, don’t sweat it – gyms and exercise classes offer ample opportunity for meeting new people.

5. Take advantage of free trials
To find your perfect gym, take advantage of the many free trials at gyms.

These allow you to take a class for free to try it out – so if you’re looking to join a fitness session like yoga, pilates or boxing, this could be a good option.


Puffy legs cured with Epsom salts

As well as keeping in shape, the busy mum finds time to look after her skin with face masks, recently posting a picture of herself in a sheet mask, eating a chip.

Her favourite pampering treatment is a pedicure and she claims she suffers from “puffy legs” which she cures with a warm bath and Epsom salts.

For an all over body glow, she exfoliates regularly.

“An exfoliating routine, particularly during the summer months, is important for healthy-looking skin,” she says.

“I hydrate my legs by mixing a body oil with moisturiser and I apply it evenly all over my legs to seal in moisture. For a special occasion I might have a spray tan, which gives my skin a nice glow.”

Sweet tooth and carb blowouts

The former Big Brother presenter is careful to stick to a healthy diet, she admits she still “loves a cheat day or a cheat meal, or a cheat weekend – everything in moderation.”

She has a sweet tooth, and her Instagram posts often sees her indulging in cakes and scones.

But she also loves occasional blowout on carbs – recently posting a picture of a burger and a mountain of fries, joking: “Hate it when you don't get enough chips.”

Told to lose weight 'right away' as size 10 model

Amazingly, the stunning presenter recently revealed that she was told to lose weight during her early career as a catwalk model – despite being a size 10.

“I was 18 years old and a size 10 when I started modelling, but I was told to lose weight right away,” she says.

“And I would only ever be shot from above the knees, because I didn’t have model-skinny legs.”

She added that she was glad that part of her career had “fizzled out” and says she now loves her body  more than ever.

“It’s funny because, when I was younger, my body was "better", but I was more insecure about it.

“Then, in my 30s, I had children, so I loved my body because of what it had produced."

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