Envious Brits have voted new Royal mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, the person whose body we most admire.
Praised for her healthy approach to weight loss post-pregnancy, over one in five admitted to wanting her figure, according to a survey of more than 1,000 women by weight management company Ideal Weight.
Natural shaped forms are in favour, with the poll revealing the most admired celebrity bodies as:
- Kate Middleton (21%)
- Jennifer Aniston (14%)
- Beyoncé (11%)
- Kelly Brooke (10%)
- Nigella Lawson (6%)
- Gwyneth Paltrow (6%)
- Madonna (4%)
- Adele (3%)
The research also revealed a regional divide, with abs-admiring mums in London preferring the more athletic physiques of Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna.
Those in the North West favoured a more curvaceous figure with the likes of Kelly Brooke and the bootylicious Beyoncé proving most popular. And it seems that larger-than-life singing voices are not the only thing popular in Wales, with 19% of Welsh mums admiring more curvaceous celebrities like Adele.
Contrary to popular belief, the research also highlighted that 27% of mums no longer admire celebrity bodies, with nearly two thirds proudly stating that looking good for themselves was of highest importance when it comes to losing weight.
Psychologist Jessica Chivers, commented, "Women who are focused on bettering their bodies without reference to air-brushed images of 'celebrities' are setting themselves up for longer term health gains. Paying attention to ourselves and reflecting on the gradual success we're achieving through wholesome diet and improved levels of exercise is the way to go. We're more likely to persevere, it's empowering – let's hope that figure of 27% soars."
Fad diet crazes also seem to be falling out of favour with just 4% saying they had tried the headline-hitting 5:2 diet.
The survey found UK regions divided when it comes to the types of diets mums have given a go. It appears that the ease and convenience of meal replacement products make them most popular, topping the list of half of those surveyed. However, waistline watching London mums were found to be most in favour of the recent Raw Food diet whilst the East Midlands opted for the Blood Type diet to shift the extra pounds, with the ladies of Wales favouring appetite suppressants to drop a dress size.
When questioned on their ideal weight, one fifth of mums said they would like to be 7lbs to one stone lighter than they currently are, with a shocking 18% wanting to lose more than three stone.
Kirsty Powell, spokesperson at Ideal Weight commented, “With her sensible attitude to weight loss post-pregnancy, we’re not surprised that Kate Middleton tops the list of celebrity figures we admire. We’re even more pleased to hear that mums are no longer being so heavily influenced by celebrities and, as they are going against the tide and realising the pitfalls of fad dieting, their healthy approach to weight loss will mean getting it off and keeping it off.”