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Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley has a figure to die for. But the 36-year-old star – waltzing into the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom this autumn – is literally half the woman she used to be after dropping an impressive six dress sizes over the years.
With a four-year-old son, Alfie – who she shares with husband Tom Pitfield – to take care of on top of her busy schedule, Catherine admits it’s hard to keep on track with her healthy lifestyle, but planning is key. Our sister publication Woman’s Own took a look at exactly how she dropped the pounds – and kept them off!
Catherine shocked fans after sharing a snap of herself at her heaviest weight on her Instagram.
The series of photos show Catherine performing weightlifting squats. Towards the end of the gallery (scroll through the embedded post below), Catherine shares a before and after picture of her at size 22 alongside her now toned physique.
And after shrinking from a size 22 to a size 10, she insists that simply making healthier choices has got her to where she is today.
Catherine said, ‘I took control of my weight and I slowly and steadily lost more than 5st. Along the way, I learnt just how important a healthy, balanced diet is. It sparked my huge interest in healthy living and nutrition.
‘It’s about creating a lifestyle. If you want to sustain a healthy weight and feel good about yourself then you need to fuel your body with the right food.’
She also admitted that, even with son Alfie in tow, her previous eating habits couldn’t be more different from today. ‘I would skip breakfast and by lunchtime I would be really hungry, and I’d be reaching for more starchy food,’ she said.
‘Whereas now, I eat every three to four hours and I get a bit grumpy if I don’t. As a mum, that has been so much better for me. I feel a million times better eating in that way. Also, again, you’re not going to binge.’
Recently, Catherine set herself a 12-week transformation challenge, which left her feeling ‘stronger than ever’ and with much better ‘energy levels’ and ‘hormones’.
Sharing a picture of herself looking super toned as she lifted weights in the gym, she spoke about the challenge and confessed, ‘It’s been such a journey. It has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The knowledge I have gained for myself and my family is priceless.
‘Yes it was hard, yes I had days when I wanted to throw in the towel, but I didn’t – and for that I am super proud of myself.’
She continued to speak about how she found it difficult to balance work, exercise and being a mum, and now feels she can.
‘Being a working mum is not easy,’ she said. ‘It’s incredibly difficult at times – balance doesn’t exist. You just manage best you can.’
On the go
While her hectic work schedule on Corrie could have tempted Catherine to snack on naughty treats, she previously revealed that prepping food was vital to staying in shape.
‘It’s just fitting it around your schedule,’ she said. ‘If I was working, I’d go on walks. I have been known to squat Shayne Ward. Squat a friend.
‘On night shoots there are a lot of pies and bacon sandwiches, but I took stuff with me.’ And when it comes to food, Catherine steers clear of fad diets. ‘We know that faddy yo-yo diets don’t work,’ she wrote in an article, ‘that cutting out food groups can damage your health, and that the Mediterranean diet is the way forward.
‘So, can fat be healthy? Yes, but it’s the fat found in natural foods like oily fish, eggs and avocado, with a little bit of dairy thrown in the mix.’
She finishes with a final piece of advice, ‘My rules are: keep it simple, remember portion control and a little bit of what you fancy can at times do you good.’
Sounds like you’ve got the balance just right!
Catherine’s diet plan
Breakfast: Omelette (three eggs) with wilted spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Post-training: Prawns or tuna with broccoli and four Brazil nuts.
Lunch: Chicken and avocado salad with grilled asparagus.
Snack: Fruit, such as blueberries or an apple.
Dinner: Homemade steak burgers with some aubergine fries.
Sweet treat: Chocotrients superfood powder mixed into a coconut yogurt.