The diet plan Denise Welch used to lose two stone in two months

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Celebrity weight loss transformations have always kept fans on their toes and when Denise Welsh stepped out in a swimsuit during a cruising holiday in August, her followers were left in awe at her progress. Beaming at the camera, the Loose Women presenter looked the epitome of health and it comes after she revealed she had dropped a whopping two stone.

Denise has spoken openly about her weight over the years and previously told that giving up alcohol was “one of the best decisions I’ve ever made”.

But while some people may see a big difference in their weight after cutting out booze, the actress began to replace the drink with sugary treats and soon piled on the pounds.

“There is this thing that if you take alcohol out of your life, you immediately lose weight,” she explained.

“But actually, it’s very often the case that the complete opposite is true.

“If you are an addictive personality, which I am, you very often replace one addiction with another.

“So I gave up alcohol and started to replace it with what could have been a potential food addiction.”

She added: “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.”

During the first few months, Denise wasn’t bothered about gaining the odd pound but after she stepped on the scales, she realised she had gained two stone.

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And soon after she began to notice it was impacting her health, she knew she needed to make a change.

The TV star recalled: “My knees were hurting, and I felt quite breathless. I’m quite good at self-analysing myself about many things and I thought, ‘I’m in trouble here. I’m eating like I was drinking.'”

Denise admitted she was a secret eater, as well as an overeater and was looking for a way to help herself.

That’s when LighterLife reached out and offered to help Denise overhaul her lifestyle.

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“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,” she said.

She admitted she was going down the route of having a “potential food addiction as opposed to an alcohol addiction”.

The LighterLife plan sets out a very low-calorie diet, with their website stating people can “lose approximately a stone a month”.

And it seemed it worked for Denise, who hailed the programme on her social media pages.

She wrote: “When I gave up drinking 10 yrs ago I gained a sweet tooth and very quickly one addiction was in danger of being replaced by another.

“I’d put on two stone and was aware that my knees were aching and my breathing was impaired.

“With the help of @lighterlife and working with a mentor, I changed my relationship with food.”

She added: “I lost two stone in two months and use those tools to this day.”

If you or anyone you know is suffering with additiction, you can contact Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) on 0800 9177 650 or visit their website

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