Lisa Riley has revealed her incredible 12 stone weight loss involved doctors chopping off almost one and a half stone of excess skin to achieve her new look.
The Emmerdale star, 43, ditched alcohol and junk food from her diet after she met her fiance Al, 49, in 2012.
She slimmed right down, but was left with large amounts of excess skin that needed to be surgically removed.
Lisa – also known as Mandy Dingle in the ITV soap – said: “I started thinking about my own health.
“People forget how gigantic I was. With the skin removal I lost twelve stone, one pound.
“The surgeon chopped off one stone, four pounds. Since then my weight has more or less stayed the same.”
The soap star candidly admitted to being the only one out of her pals to eat three courses in restaurants.
Lisa added: “Now, for lunch I eat either a bowl of soup or a plain jacket potato.
“I’m never going to be size 28 again. I look at pictures of me back then and think: ‘Who’s that girl?’ She doesn’t exist any more.”
The soap star is currently self isolating at home with her fiance after Emmerdale axed filming amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The popular ITV soap will no longer continue to be made due to the TV channel endeavouring to adhere to guidelines surrounding the deadly bug.
A statement from an ITV spokesperson explained: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.
“We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer.”
The statement added: “However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming.
“We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.”
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