Denise Welch has made no secret of her weight battles over the years.
But after losing an impressive two stone more than five years ago, the 60-year-old actress has managed to successfully maintain her slimmer size.
Opening up about her weight loss journey, Denise said she hoped by completely cutting out booze she would immediately lose weight.
But rather than shift the pounds, Denise admits she ended up replacing alcohol with more food and quickly piled on two stone.
“If you are an addictive personality, which I am, you very often replace one addiction with another,” she told the Express.
“So, I gave up alcohol and started to replace it with what could have been a potential food addiction, and obviously as well I had years of sugar, from the alcohol, that had been surging through my veins suddenly removed. That had to be replaced by something.”
However, knowing that her summer wedding to Lincoln was approaching, Denise was encouraged to get into shape.
After speaking about her desire to lose weight on Loose Women, a company called LighterLife got in touch and Denise soon started on their diet, following their meal plans and drinking shakes and healthy snacks.
The actress also had cognitive behaviour therapy counselling sessions to help aid her weight loss.
Denise lost just under two and a half stone in nine weeks.
“I knew that this was something I wanted to do for life, because I was potentially going to destroy my life with an eating disorder: a potential food addiction as opposed to an alcohol addiction,” the Loose Women star added.
— Denise Welch (@RealDeniseWelch) November 6, 2018
Last November Denise earned lots of praise from her fans when she shared a before and after bikini picture on Instagram.
She wrote next to it: “5 yrs 6 mths ago, after replacing alcohol addiction with food, I joined @lighterlife & lost 2st 4lbs in 9 wks. I maintain to this day.”
One wrote, “You look fabulous Denise,” while another added: “Nice to see you SO happy and looking as GORGEOUS as ever!!”
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