Natalie Cassidy shows off slim new figure after losing 2st in 3 months on strict diet plan

Natalie Cassidy shows off slim new figure after losing 2st in 3 months on strict diet plan

“I finally feel sexy”: Natalie Cassidy shows off slim new figure after losing two stone in three months on strict diet plan

1:45 AM on 11th May 2011

Her weight has been a constant talking point, having yo-yoed up and down in size over the past few years.

But it would seem that once Natalie Cassidy sets her heart on shifting the pounds, she really sticks to it.

The former EastEnders star today showed off her slim new figure as she launched a charity walk.

Slimline: Natalie Cassidy showed off her new figure as she launched a charity walk for Barnardo

Slimline: Natalie Cassidy shows off her new figure as she launches a charity walk for Barnardo”s in London with daughter Eliza today

And she has told friends that having shifted two stone in three months, she “finally feels sexy”.

Cassidy has yo-yoed between a size 16 and a size eight over the past four years and after giving birth to daughter Eliza, was determined to shift the weight gained during her pregnancy.

Eliza was born last September and Cassidy, who had gone up to 12st 7lbs, lost a stone soon after.

Happy again: Natalie told friends that her weight loss has made her

Happy again: Cassidy told friends that her weight loss has made her “finally feel sexy”

She then stepped up her exercise and diet regime in February and lost a further stone and a half and had dropped to nine stone and 12lbs by last month.

Taking to Reveal magazine, a friend said: “As well as seeing her trainer, she speed walks five miles a day and swims three times a week too.

“She also uses weights for her arms and swears lifting Eliza and walking with good posture is helping her tone up.

Sticking with it: Natalie, seen here out shopping yesterday, is being strict with her diet and exercise regimeSticking with it: Natalie, seen here out shopping yesterday, is being strict with her diet and exercise regime

Sticking with it: Cassidy, pictured out shopping yesterday, is being strict with her diet and exercise regime

“She”s got into the swing of early morning workouts and uses stamina techniques she learned on Strictly a few years ago.”

Cassidy, who turns 28 this week, is also sticking to a strict diet which means no carbohydrates after 5pm and only eating portions the size of her fist.

The friend says: “Nat swears by listening to her body and stops eating before she”s completely full. She”s having tiny portions and says it”s all about discipline.”

At her heaviest: Natalie was a size 16 at the late Wendy Richard

At her heaviest: Cassidy was a size 16 at the late Wendy Richard”s wedding in 2007

In 2007, Cassidy dramatically dropped from a size 16 to a size eight for her fitness DVD, which became the fastest-selling weight-loss DVD ever in the UK – but it was also rated the worst.

But she soon gained the weight again, with her fitness instructor saying she was “disappointed” that she had “slipped back into old habits”.

Cassidy also admitted using laxatives to help her lose weight and said she was “bordering on having an eating disorder”.

But last month, she said she felt sexier about herself and added: “I have more energy so sexually it means I”m not knackered all the time.”

Before and after: Natalie dropped from a size 16 to a size eight for her Then and Now Workout fitness video in 2007Before and after: Natalie dropped from a size 16 to a size eight for her Then and Now Workout fitness video in 2007

Before and after: Cassidy dropped from a size 16 to a size eight for her Then and Now Workout fitness video in 2007

Her friend added: “She loves that she can walk into a shop and feel good about what fits her.”

But her friends and her fianc, transport manager Adam Cottrell, 31, are worried that she will overdo it again, voicing fears that she was too small at a size eight.

The friend added: “Adam”s worried she”s putting pressure on herself, given her history.”

But Cassidy said: “I was worried about becoming obsessed. But this time I”ve done it exactly how I wanted to.”

Comeback: Natalie briefly returned to EastEnders in January as her character Sonia Jackson

Comeback: Cassidy briefly returned to EastEnders in January as her character Sonia Jackson