Na­dia glad she shook cel­lulite on In­sta­gram

Star doesn’t want her daugh­ters to feel body shame like she did

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY MATT BAR­BOUR and LIZ DUN­PHY [email protected]­

TELLY star Na­dia Sawalha says shak­ing her cel­lulite in an In­sta­gram video is the bravest thing she has done.

The Loose Women pan­el­list posted the footage af­ter years of strug­gling with her body im­age and yo-yo di­et­ing.

Na­dia, 54, felt com­pelled to share the video to nor­malise cel­lulite for other women – and par­tic­u­larly daugh­ters Maddy, 16, and Kiki, 11.

The for­mer EastEnders star says: “Post­ing that video on In­sta­gram was per­haps the most coura­geous thing I’ve ever done. And yes, my daugh­ters were proud of me.”

Learn­ing to ac­cept her body has taken ther­apy and years of work, but Na­dia is now “stronger and hap­pier than ever be­fore”.

Of her younger days, she says: “I was a hot babe and had no idea. I’d cry my­self to sleep wor­ried that I didn’t look good enough.”

Doubts resur­faced in her 40s when she put on four stone af­ter hav­ing Kiki. She adds: “I went into de­nial, avoid­ing mir­rors, wear­ing elas­ti­cated trousers.”

Diet and exercise helped her drop to size 10, but Na­dia wasn’t happy. She goes on: “I’d dreamed of this and when I got there, I didn’t be­lieve it.

“In ther­apy it’s called ‘Stink­ing think­ing’, that you’re liv­ing a lie. I couldn’t take it in and I still felt fat.

“I’d been curvy for years and knew I wasn’t sup­posed to be this skinny bird I saw in the mir­ror.

“I re­alised I wasn’t happy, so had ther­apy. I didn’t want my kids to feel the same way about their own bod­ies as I’d been made to feel about mine.”

Now a healthy size 12 to 14, Na­dia grew to love her­self and, one day, might even pose nude.

The star, who backs weight loss pro­gramme The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Chal­lenge, ad­mits to us­ing neck-lift tape to hide wrin­kles – but has no plans to go un­der the knife.

CELLULIKE Na­dia leg shake clip. Left: With Maddy, 16

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