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The TV presenter, 51, reveals the principles of her own tried and tested “detox diet”.

Carol says

“I start the day with a big glass of water and I take glucosamine, fish oil and multi-vitamin supplements. I’ll then have a cup of weak black English breakfast tea or mint tea with a dash of soya milk. I’ll drink cow’s milk if it’s given to me, but generally I stick so soya. I’ll make porridge with water and a drizzle of soya milk and also have some chopped fruit such as melon and berries. I like to walk the three miles to work and back when I’m on Loose Women. We’re working non-stop from 8.30am until 1.30pm when we come off air, so there’s no time for snacking!

“Lunch varies, but usually it’s a salad or homemade vegetable soup if I’m on my detox. I followed it for the whole of January to compensate for excessive partying over Christmas. It always works well for me. I cut out booze, wheat, sugar, meat and dairy for a whole month. I’ll fill up on porridge, fruit and veggie soups packed with chilli and garlic. It’s like a mini cleanse. Bread is hard to avoid in the café at the TV studios, but I have to resist otherwise I slip into the habit of eating it every day and I find it really slows me down and makes me feel heavy.

“For dinner, I like to have fish and steamed or roasted vegetables; my favourite fish is sea bass. When I’m not doing my detox. I’ll treat myself to proper fish and chips.

I allow myself one or two more carb-heavy meals a week. When eating out I go for seafood like Japanese sashimi and squid

Carol takes Bioglan Super Fish Oil ($26 for 60 capsules) available from Boots and bioglan.co.uk and Sambucol Immuno Forte Effervescent Tablets ($14 for 15) from Boots. Holland & Barrett and sambucol.co.uk

Sea bass

Description: Sea bass

Sea bass

This rich, buttery-flavoured fish is easy to cook by steaming or roasting. It’s full of heart-healthy protein as it contains omega-3. But it can have high levels of mercury so don’t eat it every week.

Black tea

Description: Black tea

Black tea

A new study, by the University of Western Australia, shows that drinking three cups of black tea every day reduces blood pressure levels. It’s also full of polyphenols, antioxidants that have been shown to stop cancer cells growing.

Melon

This refreshing fruit is a great source of potassium and vitamin C and is part of the cucumber plant family. Canteloupe melon has beta-carotene rich orange flesh and contains high levels of vitamin A.

Description: Melon

Melon

Dietician Fiona Hunter

“On the whole, Carol’s diet is pretty good. The body is perfectly capable of detoxing itself, no matter how hard you’ve been partying, which is why most experts agree that strict detox diets can do more harm than good. If used for a short time and as a way of kick-starting a healthy eating regime, they’re not so sad. Dairy is a major source of calcium in the diet – so Carol needs to make sure she chooses a brand of soya milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D, which facilitates the absorption of calcium. Other calcium-rich foods are almonds, figs, sesame seeds, beans, canned salmon and pilchards”

Carol’s guilty pleasure…

“My weakness – if you can call it that – is socialising! I love red wine and when I drink alcohol I’ve been known to eat a whole bag of salted peanuts!”

Carol’s salted peanut habit contains a whopping

600 calories and 9g of saturated fat per 100g

Glennans Vegetables Crisps

59p for 27g (waitrose.com) contain 495 calories per 100g and just 4.1g of saturated fat

Description: Glennans Vegetables Crisps

Glennans Vegetables Crisps

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