Former Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor previously lost an incredible three stone and went from a size 16 to a size 8.
And this week, the actress turned interior designer shared with fans her secrets to beating tummy bloating and achieving a flat stomach.
Davinia stripped off into a tiny string bikini for a series of candid images on Thursday – one posed and one side on after feeling bloated after eating a meal – and said she swears by the prebiotic Molkosan and aloe vera juice.
‘I’ve battled the bloat for decades’: Davinia Taylor stripped off into a tiny string bikini on Instagram on Thursday as she shared a toned ‘posed’ shot
‘[This is] not an ad… and you need to buy this,’ her post began.
‘I’ve literally battled the bloat for decades, in fact for as long as I can remember, even at the age of five I had a distended stomach which I’ve had to suck in.’
‘I remember this so well as when I was in a ballet leotard little did I know (or my mum know ) that was to do with gut dysbiosis probably due to a high wholegrain diet, recommended by the low fat high-fibre mantra we were all raised on.’
Feeling bloated: She shared a series of candid images – including a ‘bloated’ side on shot which showed what she looks like after eating protein (left)
Her hack: Davinia said fans will see results if they take aloe vera juice and Molkosan for at least 10 days in a row. Pictured before and after her three stone weight loss
Davinia said fans will see results if they take aloe vera juice and Molkosan for at least 10 days in a row.
‘But what I can recommend is — for anybody who is suffering long term bloating is Molkosan and aloe vera (ideally no sugar) on an empty stomach diluted in water… ideally in ten mornings and every day for about two weeks you will see such a difference!’
In June last year, Davinia credited her three stone weight loss to ‘biohacking’ during an appearance on This Morning.
‘You’ve gotta count chemicals’: In June last year, Davinia credited her three stone weight loss to ‘biohacking’ during an appearance on This Morning
Incredible: Former Hollyoaks star Davinia previously lost an incredible three stone and went from a size 16 to a size 8. Pictured before (in 2004) and after (last year)
She insisted: ‘You don’t count calories you’ve gotta count chemicals!’
The recovering alcoholic also claimed that vegetable oil makes you depressed, while on the show promoting her new book: ‘It’s Not A Diet.’
Explaining to hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond what her diet entails, Davinia said: ‘You don’t count calories, you’ve gotta count chemicals. What I’ve done over the years is… because I eat on depression…
‘When I’m upset or stressed I reach for carbohydrates, and that’s a form of biohacking. But basically, you’re trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood.
‘I gave up drinking 13 years ago, so I knew I couldn’t go to that. So I turned to carbohydrates and sugars and pizza and everything… And I couldn’t stop.
‘But what I didn’t realise was, the ingredients in there – a few of them – were really triggering me to be even more depressed.
‘And the one I found out – more than sugar would you believe – is that vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed. It’s not meant to be in our diet but it’s everywhere.
‘And when I cut that out, my body started functioning better. And I could metabolise the food I was storing and get rid of it… And then improve my mood and start exercising.’
Familiar face: The star rose to fame on the soap Hollyoaks and is pictured in 1998
Davinia explained that her new lifestyle began when she went to see doctors who told her that she was ‘borderline obese’ and needed to moderate her diet.
Asked how people watching can start biohacking, the soap star suggested: ‘You can do little things like cold showers that change your hormones. My mantra is: “feed the brain and the body will follow”.
‘I get up every morning and I feed my brain with fat, not sugar, because sugar triggers me. I put coconut oil in my coffee. It’s called MCT oil – it’s a medium change hyglicoride. It shoots up to your brain and it will power your brain with fat.
‘Your brain is 70 per cent fat, and fat is its preferred fuel – not sugar. It sustains it longer, so you don’t get a peak and trough.’
Davinia also revealed that if she has toast or croissants in the morning, she craves more food quickly. Instead, the actress has bacon and eggs every day but won’t have granola, because it’s not an ‘ancient food.’
Asked to explain biohacking, Davinia said: ‘If you can, in the morning go outside without your sunglasses on.
‘Take your sunglasses off. The natural sunlight – the blue light in the morning will hit your retina so your body knows when to start pumping out the sleep hormones.’
WHAT IS BIOHACKING?
The concept of Biohacking is constantly evolving, but is rooted in the idea that it is possible for individuals to change their bodies and brains.
It is essentially the practice of changing chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation to energise and enhance the body.
It includes implementing lifestyle and dietary changes that are believed to improve bodily functions, as well as wearable technology to help monitor and regulate physiological data.
It can even run to extremes such as using implant technology and genetic engineering.
Biohacking rejects the idea that the best and only approach to getting healthier and avoiding disease is to eat less and exercise more.
A popular, although controversial, type of Biohacking is nutrigenomics, which focuses on how the food you eat interacts with your genes.
Nutrigenomics looks at how different nutrients affect feelings, thoughts and behaviours, with the belief that a person’s genetic expression can be mapped out and optimised by testing how different nutrients affect health over time.