'Size 8 Alex is exercising too hard!'
Tuesday 04 May 2010
Stepping out in a sexy bodycon dress last week, Alexandra Burke flaunted her amazing new size 8/10 figure, thanks to an intense diet and fitness regime.
But friends of the star – who was a size 12/14 when she shot to fame on 2008’s X Factor – are worried she’s overdoing it. After overhauling her eating habits and hitting the gym every single day, Alex, who’s 5ft 4, now weighs a trim 8st 10lbs.
“Alex was determined to get down to a size 8, and even upped her workouts to include weekends,” says a pal.
“She does cardio work, jogs three times a week and uses the cross-trainer as well as weights – and she only eats carbs twice a week now. She also has “mini meals” to keep up her metabolism.
“She looks sensational, but now everyone’s starting to worry that she’s running herself into the ground.”
Her diet now consists of poached egg whites for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and grilled fish with vegetables for dinner, with fruit and protein shakes for snacks.
A source says: “Alex gives everything 100 per cent, whatever it is. She’s also ditched caffeine for water and only drinks alcohol when she’s out. She’s really serious and has completely re-educated herself.”
But even though she’s never looked better, friends fear the Broken Heels singer – who has been dating childhood pal Nicholas Sagar, 21, for six months – won’t be satisfied until she’s lost even more weight.
A pal reveals: “Alex had an amazing body around Christmas time but decided she wanted to lose more weight when she really didn’t need to.
“She’s still curvy, but the worry is that she’ll do the same thing again and announce she wants to be even skinnier.”
With her new single out in a fortnight and a summer full of concerts ahead, insiders worry Alex, 21, will struggle to maintain her vigorous new routine alongside her work commitments. They fear the star will end up exhausted if
she continues to push herself.
A friend tells Closer: “She’s going to be exhausted, especially now that she doesn’t even have her weekends to recover some energy. The last thing she needs at the moment is to fall ill.”
By Amy Swales