Natalie Cassidy says weight-loss DVD was 'mistake' after being paid £100k to lose four stone

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Natalie Cassidy now believes her weight-loss DVD was a “mistake” despite netting her £100k.

The EastEnders legend has admitted she now regrets the project.

Actress Natalie, best known as Sonia Fowler on the long-running BBC soap, revealed she was offered the huge amount of cash to ditch the pounds in a short space of time.

The 39-year-old released two weight-loss DVDs on the back of her results – Natalie Cassidy’s Then and Now in 2007, before she released The Perfect Ten a number of years later.

She confessed she put the weight back on soon after she signed the deal.

Speaking on the Comfort Eating with Grace Dent podcast, the star said: “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.

“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.

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“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.”

Natalie then joked she’d look like Kate Moss if she didn’t love mayonnaise so much and opened up on the fat-shaming she experienced while starring on Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.

Talking about how she felt “ridiculed” while on the show, she explained she was “about four stone bigger than I am now”.

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Speaking on the Ry-union podcast with Rylan in February she added: “Vincenzo (Simone) was quite little,” she said. “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.”

However, she has did confess that the experience was “the best job outside of EastEnders”.

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