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How Strictly Come Dancing’s Jessie Wallace beat the binge

Wearing a black cotton sundress, pulled in at her newly-trim waist with a chunky belt, the 36-year-old actress looked in fabulous shape.

Jessie has always been voluptuous rather than skinny and getting her new figure hasn’t been easy. In the past the star’s admitted her weight fluctuates and that she can’t resist junk food blowouts: “I do go on food binges. I just gobble up everything in the house,” she said.

Nor is exercise second nature to the mum-of-one who struggled to lose her baby weight. “I didn’t have a personal trainer, I couldn’t cope with that,” she said. “I don’t want someone screaming at me. Sometimes I go to the gym, depending on what mood I’m in.”

But it seems dancing agrees with her, and her energetic training for the new series of the popular show has certainly paid off.

But another motivation behind her transformation may have been her split from her fiance.

Jessie, who has a three-year-old daughter Tallulah with her former boyfriend Dave Morgan, had been engaged to Tommy O’Neill, 25, until they broke up last month.

Jessie had admitted finding it tough to keep up with her handsome toyboy: “He’s a boxer and young and fit. I’ve had Botox injections because I feel so old!” she said recently.

But love split aside, Jessie is feeling pretty good about herself.

“I’m in my 30s and I feel like I’ve found myself. I’m happy with the way I am.”

And she’s most excited about taking part in Strictly Come Dancing: “I want people to see the real me… the fun me,” said Jessie.


There’s no need to throw yourself into an extreme regime. Down-to-earth Jessie simply boosted her daily activity with dancing and ditched the junk food. By doing the same you could drop a dress size and tone up too.

Researchers claim sugary and fatty foods have an addictive effect, stimulating pleasure chemicals in the brain so we crave more. So no matter how many burgers, chocs or crisps you eat, you never feel satisfied and just need more to re-create the “high”.

The other problem is, these types of foods have poor nutritional value so not only do you pile on the pounds, your skin becomes greasy, hair lank and your all-round health suffers. A high-sugar, high-fat diet also increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

Courtesy: Caroline Jone, Mirror


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