Natalie Cassidy plays the role of Sonia Fowler in EastEnders and will appear on the celebrity version of The Chase tonight. During that time, her weight has fluctuated but she has revealed a three stone weight loss by making a certain change. How did she do it?
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Natalie has experimented with diet plans over the years which has made her weight dramatically change.
She first slimmed down in 2007 and released her fitness DVD, Then and Now, with tips on her progress.
However, the soap star admitted the initial weight loss was not done in a healthy way and the pounds soon crept back on.
Speaking to Heat magazine, she explained: “I really wasn’t well. I was bordering on having an eating disorder.
“There were nights I would go out for dinner and then I’d go home and take laxatives because I didn’t want the food inside me.”
Since then, her weight has fluctuated from a size 16 to a size 4 to 6 at the smallest.
She told Now magazine: “After playing Sonia in EastEnders for 12 years, I thought it’d be good to change my image.
“I was 10st 8lb when I started this diet, but it was my body mass index that scared me. I wasn’t just obese, I was off the scale.”
In recent years, Natalie has enjoyed a much healthier relationship with diet and fitness which has helped her lose three stone.
Earlier this year, she was whipped into shape when she added regular exercise into her lifestyle.
The soap star began running while training for the London marathon, which she completed in honour of her co-star, Dame Barbara Windsor, in April 2019.
Posting on Twitter, Natalie would share photos and videos of her going for runs as long as 18 miles as she prepared for the challenge.
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As well as changing her lifestyle, she became more mindful of her eating habits.
Speaking on podcast RunPod, Natalie said: “I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am.
“You get wiser as you get older and I just feel much more confident and comfortable.”
Weight loss expert, Steve Miller, opened up and gave his expert opinion on just how much weight the star had lost.
He said: “She looks like she’s lost up to three stone over the years, and is a size 8.
“She’s lost weight on her face, legs, arms and neck and would be around nine stone.
“She’s done it the right way, which indicates a boost in her self-esteem. She looks gorgeous!”
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