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Q&A with Rosemary ConleyCreated by Charlotte in Q&A's
Rosemary Conley CBE is the UK’s most successful diet and fitness expert. Her diet and fitness books, videos and DVDs have consistently topped the bestseller lists with combined sales approaching nine million copies. Her latest book ‘The Secrets of Staying Young’ is out now and published by Century.
Firstly on behalf of Grannynet I’d like to say how incredible you look. We are very excited that you have decided to share your previously hidden tactics! What were your motivations in writing ‘The Secrets of Staying Young’?
Writing “The Secrets of Staying Young with Rosemary Conley” book was a new challenge and a real joy to write. Because of the things that I have learned over the years from great experts who I have had the privilege to meet, I thought it was a golden opportunity to be able to pass on those hints and tips to the benefit of others. I am also very much aware of how much older people can feel and look if they are overweight and do not do any form of exercise and I wanted to encourage people to make some lifestyle changes so they could look younger for longer.
Do you really believe that it’s possible for women to feel 30 years younger than they actually are?
Without a question of doubt. It is vital that they get their weight down to a healthy level, exercise regularly, eat healthy food and drink in moderation to achieve this.
You are best known for your diet and fitness expertise – what is the key message of the book?
The key message of the book is to eat healthily, lose excess weight if you have it, look after your skin and exercise for your body shape.
Tell us why you dressed up in a fat suit and what you learnt from it.
I wanted to revisit how I felt when I was overweight 40 years ago but as an older person. I felt that it would be a very good experience to realise first-hand what it must be like to be getting older and carrying around all that extra bulk. It was an extraordinary experience.
What else do you give advice on?
I always do the photoshoots for Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Magazine so I have a lot of experience in dressing people of all shapes and sizes to make them look their best. It is a part of my job that I absolutely love as the people I dress are those that have lost a lot of weight and are selected to appear in our magazine.
Are you a believer in cosmetic surgery?
It scares me. I believe that it can make people look very odd and for that reason I do not believe I would ever have it myself. I certainly have not had any cosmetic surgery done so far. I think there is nothing wrong with getting older and showing a few wrinkles. I would rather do that than look strange!
What are your top tips for dressing younger?
As we get older we need to cover up more and we will look younger if we show less flesh which inevitably looks like it needs ironing as we get older! I also think we should not wear clothes that are too tight or too short as we get older. Shoes are very important and I like wearing heels, and I have a real thing against ankle straps because I think they make legs look shorter and fatter – particularly as you get older. Underwear is really important and 85% of women in the UK do not wear the correct size of bra. Everyone should be properly fitted for a bra and that will take years off their appearance.
Do you look forward to becoming a grandmother one day?
If ever it happens of course I will be delighted but I am not one of those older women who yearns to be a granny.
What’s next for Rosemary Conley?
There are some interesting projects in the pipeline. I always need a goal to aim for that excites me. It is part of my make-up. I love life and I love having things to look forward to.
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By Charlotte Lloyd Owen