Strictly judge Shirley Ballas admits she weighs herself EVERY DAY to get her body ‘telly ready’ ahead of the show’s return
Shirley Ballas has revealed she weighs herself every single day in her quest to get her body ‘telly ready’.
The TV judge, 57, is preparing for the return of Strictly Come Dancing next month, ensuring that she doesn’t put on any weight before she appears on camera.
Speaking on Loose Women, she said she does intermittent fasting in order to keep the weight off because she wants to feel comfortable ‘in her own skin’ when the show returns.
Her confession was branded ‘unhealthy’ by panelist Janet Street Porter, who threw a set of scales in the bin in front of her.
Shirley Ballas, 57, has revealed that she weighs herself every day to stay trim after she picked up the habit from her mother. Pictured on Loose Women on Wednesday
Shirley, who joined Strictly last year, explained that being ‘telly ready’ meant being comfortable in your own skin, and not wanting to look good for other people.
She said: ‘[Telly ready] is to be the best you feel when you walk out on camera so you feel good in the clothes you’ve got on.
‘It’s not about what somebody else thinks about you, it’s about what I feel like in my own clothes in my own skin.’
Shirley revealed that her mother has always encouraged her to weigh herself daily, but it wasn’t until she gained 10lbs that she picked up the habit herself.
Shirley’s friends encouraged her to step on the scales and it took her half an hour to pluck up the courage before she finally did and realised that she’d gained weight.
The Strictly Come Dancing judge is on a six-week long health kick to stay slim before the show returns later this month. Pictured on Strictly last year
Loose Women panelist Janet Street Porter told Shirley she was ‘scales obsessive’ as Shirley attempted to snatch them out of her hands (pictured)
She explained: ‘For 50 years of my life I never weighed myself at all, I would go by how my clothes fit, but I was back in England to take care of my mother while she was getting better.
‘The pounds crept on and I got a little bit nervous about it.’
Now she does intermittent fasting to keep the weight off, and is on a six week long healthy eating kick to stay trim for Strictly.
Part of this means she doesn’t even allow herself to go out for dinner, preferring to stay at home cook chicken.
Janet (pictured with her scales) said it was ‘unhealthy’ to weigh yourself every day before she chucked the scales into a bin behind the desk
Janet was baffled, and said Shirley didn’t look like she was carrying any weight at all.
She pulled out a set of scales and Shirley jokingly attempted to grab them from her.
Janet said: ‘I think you’re a scales obsessive and I want to say to all the women watching at home if you are weighing yourself every single day that’s not healthy, so here’s my solution.’
She then chucked the scales in a bin behind her desk, leaving Shirley in stitches.
Shirley said she wants to be ‘telly ready’, which she says means being comfortable on TV. Pictured on Strictly last year
Susannah Constantine and EastEnders star Charles Venn were the final stars to be named as part of the Strictly Come Dancing line-up this week.
Blue singer Lee Ryan, 35, Steps’ Faye Tozer, 42, and actor Danny John-Jules, 57, will all be vying for the glitterball trophy.
The programme is set to begin later this month and the launch show will be filmed on August 31.
It will be the first time viewers will see the celebs dance with their professions in a group dance.
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Fashion TV star
Susannah dated Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley and is known for starring in What Not To Wear with Trinny Woodall, where they lauded Spanx
Claim to fame: The handsome hunk has most famously starred as Ray Dixon in EastEnders, but has also starred in Casualty and Footballers’ Wives
Paralympic silver medallist
British Paralympic athlete is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six-time European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm
: Blue singer and former CBB star
Lee is a member of boy band Blue who sold over 14million records worldwide. He’s also starred in various pantomimes
Seann is one of the UK’s most beloved comedians, and along with touring the country is a regular on shows Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle.
Claim to fame: Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years. She has also hosted programmes Panorama, Big Cat Live and My Family at War
Former Pussycat Dolls singer
Ashley soared to fame in the modern Burlesque group and dance troupe Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010 and became a judge on Dancing On Ice
This Morning’s resident doctor
Dr Ranj has garnered fame from his presenting on CBeebies’ shows Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning
Vick has garnered fame in her turn as a DJ on Capital FM opposite Roman Kemp on the weekday breakfast show from 6AM
Danny has played Cat in the sci-fi cult series Red Dwarf since 1988. He also played hero Lenny Bicknall in the CBBC spy series M.I. High.
Katie rose to prominence after she was the victim of a horrific acid attack in 2008. She went onto front the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as well as several other series.
Stacey has presented investigative documentaries for the BBC, including the award-winning Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS in 2016.
Graeme is one of England’s greatest ever cricket stars, playing for the national team from 2008-13. He was also part of the historic winning 2009 Ashes team.
One of Britain’s most popular YouTube stars, with over 8m subscribers to his channel and 5.5 million Twitter followers. He is the brother of web guru Zoella.
Faye was one of the stars of legendary 90s band Steps from 1997 to 2001. The group reunited in 2017 for an anniversary tour, with their comeback album