Wednesday 21 February 2018

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

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 reporters

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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