How Did Denise Welch Lose Weight For Her Wedding?

‘Loose Women’ star Denise Welch has given up drinking ahead of her wedding and lost a stone-and-a-half in weight.

The former ‘Coronation Street‘ actress, who ties the knot in a fortnight, said losing the weight meant she put off buying her wedding dress.

She told Hello! Magazine: “I am the complete opposite of people who start trying on wedding dresses the day after the proposal. One of my bridesmaids, the actress Angie Lonsdale, was nearly sick at the thought that I hadn’t sorted my dress”.

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She will be given away by her father Vin, and her youngest son Louis, 12, will be an usher at the ceremony in Portugal.

The 55-year-old said she is not worried about the age difference with her fiance, 40-year-old Lincoln Townley.

She said: “We are going to grow old together, it’s just I’ll be quicker at it.”

Welch said she decided to lose weight after tipping the scales at 11 stone 5lbs.

“I hadn’t been that weight since I was pregnant. It wasn’t about trying to become stick thin or reaching a certain size. I just knew it was unhealthy for me to be so big. I know 11 stone 5 isn’t obese but for me, who should be around nine and a half stone, it was,” she said.

The star said giving up alcohol was easier because she and Lincoln did it as a couple.

She said: “We’ve said we couldn’t have done it without one another, we were each other’s anchor.”

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And the couple will not be tempted to raise a glass at their wedding.

Welch said: “Do you think if we could have two drinks that we wouldn’t have two drinks?

“I love the thought of having a gin and tonic. We’d love the thought of sitting with a beautiful bottle of red wine between us and then let it go. It wouldn’t. It might for a while but it would escalate.

“We’d be millionaires if we had money for every time people have said to us ‘but you’ll have a drink at your wedding won’t you?’ We don’t drink.”

Read the full interview in the latest edition of Hello! Magazine, out now.

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  • The Steps singer managed to shed the weight she gained after the band split, but then she fell pregnant and battled to lose it since.

  • Dawn French was always been known for being a bit on the larger side, and that’s why we loved her. Well, there’s less of her to love now as since her split with Lenny she’s shed a fair few pounds.

  • James Corden’s role in emOne Man Two Guv’nors/em helped him to shift over five stone.

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  • Gastric-band-gate swept the nation when it was revealed Fern hadn’t exactly told the truth about her weight loss.

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  • Eh up, don our Kerreh look slim. Must ‘av been on t’Weight Watchers.

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  • Jessie Wallace looked unrecognisable after slimming down, but since returning to Easties, Jessie has regained Kat’s curvier figure.

  • emSuperbad/em actor Jonah Hill made jaws drop across the world when he unveiled his new look at an awards bash. He’s hoping to lose more too.

  • Former Emmerdale actress Pauline Quirke lost several stone after being told she was morbidly obese.

  • Bristolian comic Justin Lee Collins has gone from rock-sized to rock star after dieting.

  • The once teeny weeny, leather-chaps wearing Christina Aguilera got tongues a-wagging when she ditched her slight frame.

Head to HuffPost UK Lifestyle for the latest diet advice.

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