Dubai's Selina Waterman-Smith reveals her struggles on The Apprentice
The Apprentice's Selina Waterman-Smith has spoken out about how she put on half a stone due to the 'horrendous' food on the hit BBC1 TV show.
Selina's weight shot up from nine stones two pounds to nine stones nine pounds during filming because she was living off pre-packaged sandwiches and crisps and biscuits. She said that contestants often had to make do with a Pret A Manger sandwich for breakfast as they rushed between tasks, and when they were living together in the 11 million pounds contestants' mansion they were expected to eat processed ready meals packed with chemicals.
The 32-year-old said: "The food on The Apprentice was horrendous. We were living off junk and fast food most of the time and grabbing sandwiches when we could in-between tasks. "It didn't bother a lot of contestants but I have various food intolerances and it became a very big issue for me over the course of the filming. They did do catering at the house on busy task days which wasn't too bad but they definitely could have done more.
"I was slammed in the boardroom for yawning and appearing to be tired on one of the tasks. The fact is, I was exhausted because I wasn't eating properly and because of my chronic illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a long-term illness which can cause fatigue.”
"We were not allowed to leave the house in-between tasks and I asked producers to provide me with Tupperware so that I could prepare my own meals so I wasn't having to live off Pret sandwiches during the day. But it took them several weeks to get me the Tuppaware so I could control my meals better."
Selina has an intolerance to grain, egg white and dairy products and a lower gut motility disorder, which means she has to be very careful about she eats. A team of four researchers lived with the candidates in the Bloomsbury mansion which costs 17,000 pounds a week to rent. They were there to supply food and sort out any problems. She said: "I flagged up these medical issues before the show and they were a little slow to respond. A lot of the food we had at the house was good but it got eaten very quickly. I understand the difficulties of feeding someone with my issues during a very busy filming schedule but it just wasn't right for me. "As more people got fired and there was less people to look after they did make more effort to cater for us during tasks, but it was a far cry from my usual healthy routine."
Meanwhile a spokesperson from The Apprentice said: "Selina's dietary requirements were consistently and fully addressed by the production team throughout filming. We take our duty of care for all candidates very seriously."
Now Selina, who runs her own creative production company in Dubai ,was determined to get back into shape after filming and enrolled at No 1 Boot Camp, a tough weight loss retreat loved by celebrities where all the trainers are ex-Military. She lost the seven pounds she put on while filming The Apprentice and now has the body of her dreams. She explained: "What the camp taught me is that if you eat well and exercise a lot, you get fitter but you don't get thinner. The way to lose the weight is to really look closely at the way you fuel yourself and adjust your nutrition. The trainers taught me to do that and I was able to completely embrace a whole new lifestyle."
Selina is planning to go back to No 1 Boot Camp in the New Year to lose a further half-a-stone.