Andrea McLean confidently flaunts age-defying frame

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    She underwent a life-changing hysterectomy in September last year.

    And Andrea McLean has proved she would not let her surgery defeat her as she posed for a sensational shoot for the new issue of Fit & Well, in which she discussed her recovery and how she sprung back into shape. 

    The 48-year-old Loose Women star sported a long-sleeved swimsuit under which she wore a zip-fastened bandeau while another shot saw her lift weights while sporting tiny shorts and a figure-flashing vest top.

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    On the up: Andrea McLean has proved she would not let her surgery defeat her as she posed for a sensational shoot for the new issue of Fit & Well, in which she discussed her recovery and how she sprung back into shape

    On the up: Andrea McLean has proved she would not let her surgery defeat her as she posed for a sensational shoot for the new issue of Fit & Well, in which she discussed her recovery and how she sprung back into shape

    Andrea looked incredible as she posed for the shoot while confidently displaying the figure – which she admits is the result of extremely hard work. 

    In the most striking shot of the series, she wore a blue swimsuit with the neckline unzipped to near her naval while protecting her modesty with a colourful bandeau.

    Her hair was perfectly coiffed in the shots while her make-up was flawlessly applied – making her look worlds away from the sweaty confines of the gym. 

    The other image saw her sit with her legs astride while beaming into the camera, with tiny shorts and a cut-out vest top flashing her slender sides. 

    Wow! The 48-year-old Loose Women star sported a long-sleeved swimsuit under which she wore a zip-fastened bandeau while another shot saw her lift weights while sporting tiny shorts and a figure-flashing vest top

    Wow! The 48-year-old Loose Women star sported a long-sleeved swimsuit under which she wore a zip-fastened bandeau while another shot saw her lift weights while sporting tiny shorts and a figure-flashing vest top

    Wow! The 48-year-old Loose Women star sported a long-sleeved swimsuit under which she wore a zip-fastened bandeau while another shot saw her lift weights while sporting tiny shorts and a figure-flashing vest top

    Andrea revealed the news of her operation on Loose Women in September last year, as she said: ‘Just to let you know, don’t worry if you don’t see me for the next month or so. I am actually going to be off at home convalescing.

    ‘I’m having a hysterectomy tomorrow – lots of personal reasons for that. I did go to the doctor’s and talk about it.’

    Returning to the daytime series in November, the Scottish star reflected on the decision to have her uterus removed, admitting she was left with no alternative after being diagnosed with endometriosis.

    Andrea discovered her condition – where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb – had spread to her bladder and large intestine.

    On the up: Andrea discovered her condition ¿ where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb - had spread to her bladder and large intestine

    On the up: Andrea discovered her condition ¿ where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb - had spread to her bladder and large intestine

    On the up: Andrea discovered her condition – where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb – had spread to her bladder and large intestine

    ‘It’s just coming up to six weeks now, there’s physical things to get over but my biggest fear was mentally falling over a cliff because that’s menopause,’ she said of her recovery.

    Now speaking out again, she told the fitness magazine: ‘I’d lost all my strength so I had to start very gently. I was lunging from one side of the room to the other, stopping, gasping for breath and hanging on to the wall. 

    ‘I took two months off exercise and found it frustrating and depressing – I hadn’t realised how important exercise was to me mentally’. 

    She's back! Returning to the daytime series in November, the Scottish star reflected on the decision to have her uterus removed, admitting she was left with no alternative after being diagnosed with endometriosis

    She's back! Returning to the daytime series in November, the Scottish star reflected on the decision to have her uterus removed, admitting she was left with no alternative after being diagnosed with endometriosis

    She’s back! Returning to the daytime series in November, the Scottish star reflected on the decision to have her uterus removed, admitting she was left with no alternative after being diagnosed with endometriosis

    Read the full interview in the new issue of Fit & Well magazine, out now

    Read the full interview in the new issue of Fit & Well magazine, out now

    Read the full interview in the new issue of Fit & Well magazine, out now

    Of her post-operation work-out routine, she said: ‘Slow, steady weight training worked best. I had to build up very gently after the op. But actually I think women of my age are fitter than younger women because we’re doing it sensibly…

    ‘You’re focusing on the inside and the bonus is that the outside looks good. I have cellulite, I have grabby bits, I have scars, but I think I’m in great shape. I’m two years away from 50 and I look fabulous for my age. I’m really proud of myself, which is a nice place to be.’

    She admits she must be cautious of what she eats due to previous complications as she said: ‘I’ve suffered with shingles-like viruses throughout my life, so I looked into what foods are good for your immune system, metabolism and menopause. 

    ‘A vegan diet had everything I wanted – I can digest it all properly, as I get irritable bowel when I’m stressed, and I’m intolerant to milk. But I’m not vegan. I’ll happily have a steak! I call myself vegan-ish!’ 

    Read the full interview in the new issue of Fit & Well magazine, out now

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