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Kristina Rihanoff says this one diet helped her drop 2 dress sizes in 2 months

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 08/01/2018 Francesca Rice

Kristina Rihanoff says this one diet helped her drop 2 dress sizes in 2 months © Karwai Tang / Contributor / Getty Kristina Rihanoff says this one diet helped her drop 2 dress sizes in 2 months Most new mums have difficulties shifting the baby weight after giving birth, and it seems that even professional dancers like former Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rihanoff can struggle. 

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 40-year-old revealed that she gained two dress sizes after having her first child, Malena, with partner Ben Cohen in 2016.

But Kristina has now revealed that adopting a vegan diet helped her drop back down to a size 8 from a size 12 in just two months. She also credits veganism with boosting her energy levels.

Chatting about the intensive training regime she is currently undertaking for her upcoming Kristina's Dance To The Music tour, she explained: 'I'm choreographing and dancing, but I can manage it because I am fit, healthy and have a new-found lease of energy thanks to my vegan diet.'

She continued: 'I really struggled to get rid of the last bit of my baby weight.

Related: 20 vegan high-protein foods (provided by Espresso)

'I went from a size eight to a size 12 after giving birth and I have never been bigger than a size 10 in my life.

'Within two months of going vegan, I lost the weight and was trimmer around my hips and waist area,' she added.

Discussing her body image, Kristina added: 'On Strictly I was always surrounded by girls who had a great feminine shape,' she says.

'They weren't stick-thin or anything, but I was always aware that I had to look good and be on top form when I was dancing with them. We always want what we don't have – and there are some things you can never change. I will never be able to wear skinny jeans, for instance.'

She added that leaving Strictly in 2015 had an effect on her physique: 'When I was dancing for nine hours every day, I could eat whatever I wanted and it wouldn't matter because I would burn it all off. Potatoes, chicken, fish and vegetables were the main meals but I ate snacks in between and managed to stay in top shape for the whole six months. Then I stopped dancing and had a baby.'

If you are interested in going vegan or trying 'Veganuary' this month, find out more on the NHS website.

Related: Inside London’s first all vegan supermarket – where an egg substitute powder costs £7 (provided by Business Insider UK)

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