Sunday 16 December 2018

Lisa Riley on her 12 stone weight loss: 'I was obese and filled with self-loathing...it becomes addictive when you start seeing results'

Lisa Riley to return to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Lisa Riley to return to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Screen grab taken from the Twitter feed of Lisa Riley @Reallisariley of Lisa Riley before her dramatic weight loss (Lisa Riley)
Lisa Riley’s Mandy Dingle to return to Emmerdale in January (ITV)
Lisa Riley shows off her incredible weight loss during a recent trip to Singapore. Photo: Twitter
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Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor (Rui Vieira/PA)
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Lisa Riley shed 12 stone after becoming "addicted" to losing weight.

The 'Emmerdale' star - who is to reprise her role as Mandy Dingle in the new year after 17 years away from the Dales - admits her life was "filled with self-loathing" until she shed some pounds, but when she started fitting in smaller sizes she couldn't stop trying to slim down.

"I was obese, had a dreadful diet, drank too much and was filled with self-loathing. I was a complete over-eater and an emotional eater. I’d eat when I was happy and eat when I was sad," she said.

"I decided that instead of feeling sorry for myself and making up excuses, I had to do something about it and turn those negatives into positives.And believe me, once you start seeing results it becomes addictive.

Screen grab taken from the Twitter feed of Lisa Riley @Reallisariley of Lisa Riley before her dramatic weight loss (Lisa Riley)
Screen grab taken from the Twitter feed of Lisa Riley @Reallisariley of Lisa Riley before her dramatic weight loss (Lisa Riley)

"As my dress sizes started to drop and my choice of clothes grew, it spurred me on to keep going."

The 'Three Girls' star admits she was a "classic over-eater" and says she couldn't resist chowing down on a three-course meal on a night out during her larger days.

"I was the classic over-eater but I have completely changed my attitude towards food," she added. "I used to go out for a meal and have a starter, main and pudding. No wonder I was gaining weight."

The 42-year-old actress has recommended people to abstain from alcohol and cut out carbs if they want to shed some stone, admitting both really helped her slim down.

She is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "Alcohol is just empty calories. I know cutting out the booze had a massive impact on helping me to shed the pounds.

"Even if you can stop boozing between now and December, when the parties all start, it will give you a huge kick-start."

Lisa Riley shows off her incredible weight loss during a recent trip to Singapore. Photo: Twitter
Lisa Riley shows off her incredible weight loss during a recent trip to Singapore. Photo: Twitter

This comes a day after Lisa confirmed she is heading back to 'Emmerdale', and she cannot wait to see what Mandy gets up to in the new year.

She said: "I could not be happier to be returning in the new year to Emmerdale. It's something I never thought would happen after 17 years and I am so interested to see what trouble Mandy is capable of causing.

"But mostly being back with all my old friends, it's like I've never been away."

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