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Lisa Riley has undergone an amazing transformation over the past few years after she lost 12 stone through a healthy diet and exercise.
She denied turning to weight loss surgery as many suspected, instead crediting her new look mainly to ditching alcohol, which she recently celebrated five years being sober in a heartfelt Instagram post.
The 44 year old, who is known for portraying Mandy Dingle on the hit soap opera Emmerdale, posted a picture of a piece of notepaper, which said: "5 years, 60 months, 1827 days, 43838 hours, 2630880 minutes, 157852800 seconds". [sic]
She reflected on how she had changed for the better since giving up alcohol. Here we take a look at her weight loss journey over the years…
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Emmerdale actress Lisa, who is engaged to fiancé Al, slimmed down from a size 28 to a size 14, losing 12 stone within just two years.
When she first rose to fame as Mandy Dingle on the ITV soap she was at her largest way back in 1995, until she left the show for the first time in 2001.
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After leaving the soap, Lisa went on to join the cast of drama series Fat Friends as Rebecca Patterson between 2002 and 2005, starring alongside James Corden and Gaynor Faye.
Both stars went on to lose considerable amounts of weight since the show, with James shedding five stone and achieving success in America as a late night chat show host.
What kickstarted Lisa's weight loss?
After her stint in Fat Friends, Lisa appeared on Waterloo Road before signing up to join Strictly Come Dancing in 2013, where she balanced rehearsals with filming.
She impressed on the show making it all the way to week 11 with her professional dance partner Robin Windsor.
It was after taking part in Strictly that kickstarted Lisa's weight loss journey as she revealed she wanted to prove to viewers she had a right to be there.
"I wanted to prove my right to dance and didn't want to be the chunky monkey fat one. I wanted to show people that this was my skill and I had a right to be on national television doing what I love," she said on Loose Women.
"Strictly was a real kick for that [her energy levels]. My metabolism got kicked after doing Strictly."
The actress also said that after her father was taken into hospital to check for prostate cancer and he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
How did Lisa Riley lose weight?
The actress who went on to appear in the critically-acclaimed drama Three Girls is now a healthy size 12, after losing 12 stone in less than two years.
After changing her lifestyle following Strictly, Lisa decided to continue her passion for dancing and took up zumba classes as well as yoga, and made the decision to ditch alcohol.
Contrary to some rumours, the star hasn’t had weight loss surgery.
She said: "People who have had gastric bands… good on you but I lost this my way. I just want to help other men and women who might be wanting to do the same as me."
She told Bella magazine: "I’m not on a diet – diets don't work. It's been about awareness and lifestyle. I'm loads more active than I used to be."
After losing so much weight Lisa did go on to have skin removal surgery after she was left with 1.5stone of extra skin.
"I started thinking about my own health. People forget how gigantic I was. With the skin removal I lost twelve stone, one pound," she told The Mirror.
"The surgeon chopped off one stone, four pounds. Since then my weight has more or less stayed the same."
Lisa celebrates being sober
The TV star reflected on her past decisions and how she's changed for the better since giving up alcohol, writing in an Instagram post titled: "CELEBRATION" along with star and praying hand emojis
"Wow FIVE years ago today I drank my last drop of alcohol.
"I wouldn’t change it for ANYTHING, my life is so much clearer, happier, gained more glow, laugh so much harder, having the life I always dreamt of, no fake friendships, needing that someone who NEVER knows when to go home, not cringing when I open my eyes (have I argued with anyone) not remembering, that’s the WORST, maybe, we’ll not actually maybe, CERTAINLY, if you can’t remember it’s REALLY time to fully STOP!!! [sic]
"Living on stories from the past…..they are done, they happened, move forward." [sic]
Lisa, who recently discussed how she overcame crippling panic attacks and anxiety before returning to the soap, continued by explaining she's no longer chained to her "fake and false" past life and instead has clarity.
"And also just live the rest of your life free from all that is fake and false, have personal awareness that the ones you have around you, whilst boozing are more than likely around for the wrong reasons, because YOU are paying for the alcohol.
"Have a think, you might NOT drink…..yeah yeah yeah that rhymes". [sic] Enjoy a drink, should you wish (I won’t) don’t get saturated in it, big big difference. [sic]
"Feel so so so proud, that it’s not in my life, and you know what?? I doubt it ever will be again CHEERS."
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