Davinia Taylor credits her three stone weight loss to biohacking and counting chemicals – Daily Mail

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She embarked on a lifestyle overhaul eight years ago, after her mother died, and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in the process. 

And recovering alcoholic Davinia Taylor, 43, credited her three stone weight loss to ‘biohacking,’ during an appearance on Friday’s instalment of This Morning and insisted: ‘You don’t count calories you’ve gotta count chemicals!’

The former Hollyoaks actress – who played Jude Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap – also claimed that vegetable oil makes you depressed, while on the show to promote her new book: ‘It’s Not A Diet.’  

Biohacking! Davinia Taylor, 43, credited her three stone weight loss to 'biohacking,' during an appearance on Friday's instalment of This Morning

Biohacking! Davinia Taylor, 43, credited her three stone weight loss to 'biohacking,' during an appearance on Friday's instalment of This Morning

Biohacking! Davinia Taylor, 43, credited her three stone weight loss to ‘biohacking,’ during an appearance on Friday’s instalment of This Morning

Explaining to hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond what her diet entails, Davinia said: ‘You don’t count calories you’ve gotta count chemicals. I what I’ve done over the years is… because I eat on depression.

‘When I’m upset or stressed I reach for carbohydrates, and that’s a form of biohacking. But basically, you’re trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood.

‘And I was doing that after my mum diet, constantly, because I gave up drinking 13 years ago, so I knew I couldn’t go to that. So I turned to carbohydrates and sugars and pizza and everything… And I couldn’t stop.

‘But what I didn’t realise was, the ingredients in there – a few of them. -were really triggering me to be even more depressed.

Chemicals? Explaining to hosts Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond what her diet entails, Davinia insisted: 'You don't count calories you've gotta count chemicals!'

Chemicals? Explaining to hosts Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond what her diet entails, Davinia insisted: 'You don't count calories you've gotta count chemicals!'

Chemicals? Explaining to hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond what her diet entails, Davinia insisted: ‘You don’t count calories you’ve gotta count chemicals!’

What? The actress - who played Jude Cunningham in Hollyoaks - also claimed that vegetable oil makes you depressed, while on the show to promote her new book: 'It's Not A Diet'

What? The actress - who played Jude Cunningham in Hollyoaks - also claimed that vegetable oil makes you depressed, while on the show to promote her new book: 'It's Not A Diet'

What? The actress – who played Jude Cunningham in Hollyoaks – also claimed that vegetable oil makes you depressed, while on the show to promote her new book: ‘It’s Not A Diet’

‘And the one I found out, more than sugar, would you believe, is vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed. It’s not meant to be in our diet but it’s everywhere.

‘And when I cut that out, my body started functioning better and I could metabolise the food I was storing and get rid of it, and then improve my mood and start exercising.’

Davinia explained that her new lifestyle began when she went to doctors who told her she was ‘borderline obese’ who needed to moderate her diet.

‘Me, as a former alcoholic, was like “yeah okay”,’ laughed the actress at the suggestion of moderating her intake, before revealing that she can’t just have ‘one pringle’ but will end up having the whole pack. 

Before: She embarked on a lifestyle overhaul eight years ago, after her mother died, and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in the process (Pictured in 2004)

Before: She embarked on a lifestyle overhaul eight years ago, after her mother died, and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in the process (Pictured in 2004)

Now: Davinia is now visibly slimmer and claims it's due to biohacking

Now: Davinia is now visibly slimmer and claims it's due to biohacking

Visible change: She embarked on a lifestyle overhaul eight years ago, after her mother died, and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in the process (Pictured left in 2004) 

Hack your hormones! 'Basically, you're trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood' said Davinia

Hack your hormones! 'Basically, you're trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood' said Davinia

Hack your hormones! ‘Basically, you’re trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood’ said Davinia

WHAT IS BIOHACKING? 

The concept of Biohacking is constantly evolving, but is rooted in the idea that it is possible for individuals to change their bodies and brains.

It is essentially the practice of changing chemistry and physiology through science and self-experimentation to energize and enhance the body.

It includes implementing lifestyle and dietary changes that are believed to improve bodily functions, as well as wearable technology to help monitor and regulate physiological data.

It can even run to extremes such as using implant technology and genetic engineering. 

Biohacking rejects the idea that the best and only approach to getting healthier and avoiding disease is to eat less and exercise more. 

A popular, although controversial, type of Biohacking is nutrigenomics, which focuses on how the food you eat interacts with your genes. 

Nutrigenomics looks at how different nutrients affect feelings, thoughts and behaviours, with the belief that a person’s genetic expression can be mapped out and optimized by testing how different nutrients affect health over time. 

 

 

She continued: ‘They’ve actually been designed by mathematicians not dietitians and they have an equation called the bliss point, which triggers chemicals in your brain so you have to eat more.

‘They’re owned by about five major companies worldwide and they make these products – they’re not food – and basically it makes us all into complete lunatics around these products. You just can’t stop eating.’  

Divinia explained that she’s changed her ‘gut microbiome’ and has now become ‘metabolically flexible’ so she’s able to have just one slice of pizza, whereas before she would have eaten pizza out of the bin. 

She continued: ‘You can do little things like cold showers that change your hormones. My mantra is: “feed the brain and the body will follow”. 

Throwback: The actress is best known for playing Jude Cunningham in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks (Pictured in 1998)

Throwback: The actress is best known for playing Jude Cunningham in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks (Pictured in 1998)

Throwback: The actress is best known for playing Jude Cunningham in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks (Pictured in 1998)

‘I get up every morning and I feed my brain with fat, not sugar, because sugar triggers me. I put coconut oil in my coffee. It’s called MCT oil – it’s a medium change hyglicoride. It shoots up to your brain and it will power your brain with fat.

‘Your brain is 70 percent fat, and brain is its preferred fuel – not sugar – it sustains it longer, so you don’t get a peak and trough.’

Davinia also revealed that if she has toast or croissants in the morning, she craves more food quickly. Instead, the actress has bacon and eggs every day but won’t have granola, because it’s not an ‘ancient food.’ 

‘And the one I found out, more than sugar, would you believe, is vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed. It’s not meant to be in our diet but it’s everywhere.’ 

Works for her! Divinia explained that she's changed her 'gut microbiome' and has now become 'metabolically flexible' so she's now able to have just one slice of pizza

Works for her! Divinia explained that she's changed her 'gut microbiome' and has now become 'metabolically flexible' so she's now able to have just one slice of pizza

Back then: The actress explained how she could never have 'just one' pringle or slice of pizza (Pictured in 2004)

Back then: The actress explained how she could never have 'just one' pringle or slice of pizza (Pictured in 2004)

Works for her! Divinia explained that she’s changed her ‘gut microbiome’ and has now become ‘metabolically flexible’ so she’s now able to have just one slice of pizza (Pictured right in 2004)

What? 'And the one I found out, more than sugar, would you believe, is vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed' said Davinia

What? 'And the one I found out, more than sugar, would you believe, is vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed' said Davinia

What? ‘And the one I found out, more than sugar, would you believe, is vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed’ said Davinia

‘Sunflower oil – or rapeseed oil as we call it here – was actually manufactures in the 50s to clean farmyard machinery and in the USA they decided it should become sold for money to make a secondary income for farmers.

‘As soon as I have it I’m so intune with my body that I feel a dip. I always cook in butter, never get spreadable butter it’s got sunflower oil in, this stuff penetrates your cells it causes cellular damage.

Asked to explain biohacking, Davinia said: ‘If you can, in the morning go outside without your sunglasses on.

‘Take your sunglasses off. the natural sunlight – the blue light in the morning will hit your retina so your body knows when to start pumping out the sleep hormones.’

Ancient food problems: The actress has bacon and eggs every day but won't have granola, because it's not an 'ancient food'

Ancient food problems: The actress has bacon and eggs every day but won't have granola, because it's not an 'ancient food'

Ancient food problems: The actress has bacon and eggs every day but won’t have granola, because it’s not an ‘ancient food’

 

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