Loose Women’s Na­dia Sawalha once re­vealed she turned down the chance for a role in hit Hol­ly­wood movie Gla­di­a­tor as she was too self-con­scious, ex­plain­ing, ‘I thought I was too fat and pre­tended I was shoot­ing this big se­ries and couldn’t go to the au­di­tion.’ But Na­dia shed the pounds in 2010, re­leas­ing her own weight-loss DVD, Fat To Fab, the cover of which claimed it to be ‘ef­fec­tive and long-last­ing’ and had made her ‘happy’. In­deed, Na­dia, who lost 3st 7lb and went from a size 18 to a size 10, looked sen­sa­tional. Why wouldn’t she be over the moon?! But last month, the moth­erof-two back­tracked in a YouTube video, where she ad­mit­ted the truth – that she’d been ‘mis­er­able’ and was ‘cry­ing in the toi­lets’ on the day of film­ing, ter­ri­fied she wasn’t ‘go­ing to be the right weight’ when she was made to step on the scales. Na­dia added, ‘You have to work very, very hard to get the kind of re­sults I did.’

Na­dia, 53, wasn’t the only one af­fected by her gru­elling sched­ule. Now a size 12-14, she con­fessed, ‘My fam­ily and friends said I changed. I had to be so fo­cused on not eat­ing and work­ing out hard.’

It’s sad that Na­dia was once part of an in­dus­try sell­ing unattain­able weight-loss dreams – but well done to her for com­ing clean.

Na­dia’s own DVD made her ‘up­set’

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