Carol Vorderman pays the price of having fun at 50 as she goes up a dress size
Turning 50 may have given her a new lease of life but Carol Vorderman has confessed it has come at a price – her slim figure.
The star admitted she has put on weight because she has been having such a good time socialising in the year since her milestone birthday.
Miss Vorderman, now 51, had prided herself on her hourglass size 10 figure but has revealed she has gone up a dress size because of her hectic social life.
The best year of my life: Carol Vorderman began 2011 as a size 10 (left), but is now a size 12 (right)
‘My problem is that I’ve been socialising quite a lot with friends recently,’ she told Woman & Home magazine.
‘When I get tired, I start eating things that I wouldn’t normally crave, like biscuits, because they’ll give me a bit of energy to keep going.
‘I haven’t weighed myself for 12 years, but I know from my clothes I’ve gone up a dress size.
‘It’s so easy to do – and I don’t regret it because I’ve been having a great time! But I do know it’s time to take myself in hand now.’
The TV presenter added that turning 50 had changed her outlook on life and is now having more fun.
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To hell with the extra weight: Miss Vorderman has decided to have more fun since turning 50
She also told how she was happy living the single life and – after two divorces – doubted she would ever marry again.
She explained: ‘Since I turned 50, I’ve had the best year of my life and I now throw as much effort into the social side of my life as I do work – more so now than ever before.’
Miss Vorderman, who has two children Katie, 20, and Cameron, 15, underwent a detox in a bid to get back to her old size.
Opening up: Miss Vorderman's full interview can be read in the April edition of Woman & Home
She also confessed she was considering cosmetic surgery and is getting laser eye surgery because she is fed up with wearing glasses.
‘I’m planning a little rejuvenation for myself this year,’ she said. ‘I want to fix the things that need fixing. I’m quite lazy, but I do want to get fit and start going to the gym.
‘I’m a bit frightened of the idea of a full facelift because, when you look in the mirror, you want to look like yourself.
But I’ll get little things done; I might have an eyelift if I feel I need one in the future, and the lasers that smooth your skin – I’m comfortable with the idea of trying all that.’
‘There are machines that can get rid of your cellulite, so I want to do that. And my friend has just had a machine that has worked on her neck and tightened the elasticity of the skin. You just need a day off work afterwards, so I’m thinking, why not’
Miss Vorderman’s weight has yo-yoed over the years.
While she had a slim size eight figure when she was in her teens and early twenties, she ballooned to a size 16 during the late 1980s and 1990s.
She then slimmed down to a size 10 in 2003 and became a poster girl for the mid-life makeover.
Miss Vorderman produced a number of weight loss aids including work out videos and detox plans.
Two years ago she revealed she abandoned HRT after it caused her to pile on the pounds within a week of starting the treatment.
• To read the feature in full, see the April issue of Woman & Home out Thursday.