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Mel C beats her fear of food through diet

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has said she has finally conquered her fear of food. The singer, 40, has adopted the 80/20 diet - which means she watches what she eats from Monday to Friday, but indulges herself at the weekend."I've learnt not to be afraid of food," Mel told the


. "I have my 80/20 rule where through the week I try to be healthy — and then at weekends, I'm a lot more relaxed, especially in front of (daughter) Scarlet.

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"My downfall is crisps and lager, but they're usually reserved for weekends."It is not the first time that Mel has spoken about the impact having a child has had on her diet. In the past she said that having Scarlet, now five, "saved" her.

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Mel C: "Becoming a mum gave me the freedom to finally love myself physically"

"When I was in the band I hardly ate and I exercised obsessively as I was so focused on my weight," she admitted. "As my bump grew, the more proud I became of my body and suddenly I felt more comfortable eating healthy."Now, Mel had cut her training sessions down from six-a-week to four, and has taken up yoga.

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During her time in the Spice Girls Mel said she would exercise obsessively

"I felt most of my 20s feeling self-conscious about certain parts of my body, but as I've got older I feel more feminine," she revealed."After having a child, it makes you realise how incredible your body is and it's made me a lot kinder to myself. Becoming a mum gave me the freedom to finally love myself physically."

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