Nigella Lawson and Dawn French: What happened to fat but happy?


What happened to fat but happy How our favourite foodies are shedding the pounds

Nigella Lawson plays in the surf at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia in a full body burkini Nigella Lawson after her weight loss

Nigella Lawson’s dramatic weight loss may be down to noodles made from an Asian plant called Konjac. The ground root is used to make a tasteless ‘grey goo’ and then processed into noodles which are very high in fibre and virtually calorie free. One serving, says Nigella, contains only ten calories. On her blog at Nigella.com she writes: ‘We are jubilant about the discovery of Miracle Noodles, which appear to be a carb-free pasta.’ But she advises: ‘Rinse them as the water they’re in can be a bit stinky.’ That’s not the only hazard. Konjac is also used to make sweets so high in fibre they are hard to swallow and have caused death by choking.

Dawn French lost 20st to go down to a dress size 16 over the course of 19 months Dawn French lost 20st to go down to a dress size 16 over the course of 19 months

2011
From 20st (dress size 28) to 16st (size 16)
19 months on a healthy eating regime swapping chips for salads. She said: “I”m taking care of myself and feeling very happy indeed.
“There are two types of women – the ones who like chocolate and complete bitches.”
When you”re over 50, you have to pay attention to your health. I want to be there for my kid. I just ballooned up a bit more than I wanted to. But you can always address it.”

Fern Britton lost 5st, dropping from a size 22 to a 16 Fern Britton lost 5st, dropping from a size 22 to a 16

2006
5st, dropping from a size 22 to a 16
Forced to reveal in 2008 she had secretly undergone gastric band surgery two years earlier. Previously claimed her weight loss was down to diet and exercise and at the same time was the 200,000 face of Ryvita crackers
“I”d rather be fat and happy than thin and depressed.”
“I wasn”t happy the way I was. I was unhealthy. My cholesterol was high, my knees hurt and I wasn”t able to run.”

Pauline Quirke went from 19st 6lb to 12st using the LighterLife weightloss programme Pauline Quirke went from 19st 6lb to 12st using the LighterLife weightloss programme

2011
From 19st 6lb (size 28) to 12st (size 14)
LighterLife weightloss programme combining low-calorie meal replacement powders with counselling sessions
“I realised I was the size of a sumo wrestler”
The actress never felt she missed out on parts due to her size. “I can”t moan and groan that I was fat.” She also said: “It”s important people realise that if your life is pants it”s going to be pants when you”re a size 14. Losing weight won”t make all the rubbish disappear.”

Coleen Nolan went from 13st 13lb (size 20) in 2006 to 8st 13lb (size 10) though she has since crept up again Coleen Nolan went from 13st 13lb (size 20) in 2006 to 8st 13lb (size 10) though she has since crept up again

2007 and 20010
From 13st 13lb (size 20) in 2006 to 8st 13lb (size 10) though she has since crept up again
The Loose Women presenter shed 3st on the Rosemary Conley weight-loss plan before her wedding to Ray Fensom in 2007. Now she tries to restrict herself to 1,200 calories a day and exercises by disco dancing
“As soon as people talk about diets, deprivation and misery spring to mind
“Now I”m slim, a whole new world has opened up to me. If I”m a poster girl for normal women, then so be it. We all know what”s good for us.”