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EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy was paid £100k to lose four stone for fitness DVD


‘I put all the weight back on in 8 weeks’: EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy reveals she was paid £100k to lose 4st for fitness DVD in 2007… but ‘ate for England’ after it was released

EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy revealed  she was paid £100k to lose four stone for a fitness DVD in 2007 – but regained the weight in eight weeks.

The soap star, 39, who is best known for playing Sonia Fowler in the BBC One show, admitted she regretted agreeing to the deal for the Then & Now Workout DVD.

Opening up on the Comfort Eating with Grace Dent podcast, Natalie, 39, spoke about how she was offered the huge sum in order to shed a whopping four stone.

Then and now: EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy revealed she was paid £100k to lose four stone for a fitness DVD in 2007 (left)

2014: The soap star, 39, who is best known for playing Sonia Fowler in the BBC One show, admitted she regretted agreeing to the deal for the Then & Now Workout DVD

Then and now: EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy revealed she was paid £100k to lose four stone for a fitness DVD in 2007 (left)  – but regained the weight in eight weeks (pictured R in 2014)

The star released two weight-loss DVDs, Then and Now and The Perfect Ten IN 2013.

‘I was very overweight and they approached me and said listen, we’re going to give you £100,000, we’re going to get you really fit and you’re going to lose four stone,’ she explained.

‘I was like happy days, let’s go for it. I just thought, that’s a lot of money; but it wasn’t the right thing to do.

‘It wasn’t – you are losing a lot of weight in a three or four-month period, twelve or sixteen weeks, low calories and training every day.

Getting fit: The star released Natalie Cassidy's Then and Now, and The Perfect Ten in 2013

 Getting fit: The star released Natalie Cassidy’s Then and Now, and The Perfect Ten in 2013

Hard work: Natalie revealed in the podcast how she had to train every day with a low calorie diet in order to lose the weight (pictured in 2008)

Hard work: Natalie revealed in the podcast how she had to train every day with a low calorie diet in order to lose the weight (pictured in 2008) 

Pressure: The actress, who has lived most of her life in the public eye has been open about her weight struggles in the past (pictured in 2006)

Pressure: The actress, who has lived most of her life in the public eye has been open about her weight struggles in the past (pictured in 2006) 

‘I got there, and as soon as that DVD came out, I ate for England. I put all the weight back on in eight weeks.’

Elsewhere, the TV favourite poked fun at herself saying she would ‘look like a supermodel’ if it wasn’t for her favourite condiment – mayonnaise.

 It comes after Natalie opened up about being fat-shamed during her time on Strictly Come Dancing – admitting she felt ‘ridiculed’.

Jokes: Elsewhere, the TV favourite poked fun at herself saying she would 'look like a supermodel' if it wasn't for her favourite condiment - mayonnaise

Jokes: Elsewhere, the TV favourite poked fun at herself saying she would ‘look like a supermodel’ if it wasn’t for her favourite condiment – mayonnaise 

It comes after Natalie claimed that she was ‘fat-shamed’ while competing on Strictly Come Dancing.  

The TV icon took part in the BBC show in 2009 with partner Vincent Simone and has told how at the time she was four stone heavier than she is now.

Natalie claims that during one rehearsal she was asked to take on the man’s dance move and pick Vincent up to perform a lift, which she has branded ‘out of order’.  

Difficult: Natalie Cassidy has claimed that she was 'fat-shamed' while competing on Strictly Come Dancing (pictured on the show in 2009)

Transformed: She is pictured in 2021 after her four-stone weight loss)

Difficult: Natalie claimed that she was ‘fat-shamed’ while competing on Strictly Come Dancing (pictured left on the show in 2009 and right in 2021 after four-stone weight loss)

She told Ry-Union podcast: ‘I was about four stone bigger than I am now.

‘Vincenzo (Simone) was quite little. And I remember one week, it was like, ‘Oh we’re going to do this dance, but you’re going to pick up Vincent’.

‘And I think about it now and I think, ‘Oh, that was out of order. It was a bit out of order to me. You couldn’t do that now.’

Change: The EastEnders star took part in the BBC show in 2009 with partner Vincent Simone and has told how at the time she was four stone heavier than she is now

Change: The EastEnders star took part in the BBC show in 2009 with partner Vincent Simone and has told how at the time she was four stone heavier than she is now

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