Tuesday 28 February 2017

Vanishing act: Pauline Quirke’s amazing seven stone weight loss

Independent.ie reporters

Pauline Quirke pictured at the TV Choice Awards in 2010
Pauline Quirke pictured at the TV Choice Awards in 2010
Pauline Quirke pictured at TV Choice Awards in 2011.
A warning from her doctor led the Emmerdale star to shed seven stone in the space of a year

ONCE portly actress Pauline Quirke has performed a magical vanishing act on her excess pounds.

The Emmerdale star appeared at the tv choice awards seven stone lighter than when she attended the same ceremony at the same time last year.



The scales tipped 19 stone 6lb for her just last Christmas, but a warning from her doctor in January that she was ‘severely obese’ prompted her to do something about it.



In an interview with the Daily Mail last month the actress admitted that she was shocked to discover she was the same size as a sumo wrestler.



“I'd watched a programme about sumo wrestlers a few days before which said one of them tipped the scales at 20 ½ stone,”she said. “I thought, ‘That's a lot of weight.’ “Then, the following week, I got on the scales and they said, 19st 6lb. I thought, ‘That can't be right,’ so got off, got on, got off again, twiddled the knob. It was definitely 19st 6lb.

“I visualised what I wanted from losing weight. First, it was to be healthier and feel better, and then wearing jeans and T-shirts became my thing. I've still got a little way to go. I wanted to lose 8 ½ st.”

The mother-of-two said that she hadn’t weighed herself in years being going on the LighterLife weight loss programme.

“Some people eat because they're lonely or unhappy. I just ate a little too much of everything all the time. I never sat and ate 20 doughnuts, or munched my way through two chocolate bars, but if we went to a restaurant I'd always have a starter, a main course and cheese – lots of cheese. I made the wrong choices for many, many years.”







TV Choice award winners 2011:



Best Food Show: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals



Best Entertainment Show: Celebrity Juice



Best Drama Series: Being Human



Best New Drama: Sherlock



Best Daytime Show: The Jeremy Kyle Show



Best Game Show: The Cube



Best Family Drama: Doctor Who



Best Reality Show: The Apprentice



Best Talent Show: Britain’s Got Talent



Best Comedy: The Inbetweeners



Best Lifestyle Show: Come Dine With Me



Best Factual Entertainment Show: Top Gear



Best Actor: David Tennant, Single Father



Best Actress: Karen Gillan, Doctor Who



Best Soap Newcomer: Paula Lane (Kylie Platt), Coronation Street



Best Soap Storyline: 50th Anniversary tram crash, Coronation Street



Best Soap Actress: Jessie Wallace, EastEnders



Best Soap Actor: Shane Richie, EastEnders



Best Soap: EastEnders

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