Natalie Cassidy lost 3st by cutting out three popular treats – 'they were my downfall!'

EastEnders icon Natalie Cassidy has lost a whopping three stone over the years, slimming down from a size 16 to a size eight after overhauling her lifestyle. So what changes did she make in order to lose weight?

Natalie’s go-to treats that she considered her “downfall” included cheese, crisps and dips.

But she forced herself to give them up in order to shed some weight, and she soon noticed a difference.

Despite removing them from her diet, cheese is often found on weight loss plans as it is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein and contains high amounts of vitamins A and B12, along with zinc and phosphorus.

One study suggests including calcium-rich low-fat dairy in low-calorie meals may actually help people shed a little weight while also protecting their bone health.

While cheese can be good for people it must be eaten in moderation as it is often high in saturated fat and salt, which can lead to high cholesterol among other health issues.

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Speaking on the podcast RunPod, she explained her running group help keep her motivated, saying: “We’ve suddenly become this little team of people and we’re so close.

“We’ve got WhatsApp groups and we go out together and we post our runs and it gives you motivation.”

With her new-found passion for nutrition and fitness, Natalie has formed a healthier relationship with her body.

Now, she feels “much more confident and comfortable” with herself, which motivates her to continue.

“I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am,” she said.

She showed off her slimmer figure at the National TV Awards in 2020, flaunting her new petite size in a stunning black suit.