Weight loss is never easy, but Fern Britton showed it can be done when she shed find stone.
The former This Morning presenter, who is 61 years old, looks happy and healthy in her new frame.
The TV presenter, initially from Ealing, London, began her weight loss journey in 2008.
She took the decision to have a gastric band operation.
The operation sees a soft band put around the upper part of the stomach.
This effectively makes your stomach smaller, so you can eat less in one sitting.
The procedure is reversible and had proven popular with those struggling to shed the pounds.
Speaking out on the operation she told the Mail Online in 2011: “I had the gastric band for health reasons,” she told the publication.
“My cholesterol was high. My knee joints were starting to hurt.I wasn’t able to run.
“I was approaching 50 and I thought: ‘Do you know what? I’m going to be different when I’m 50.’”
Fern was unable to shift the weight despite cycling and dieting, and so her GP told her she was a good candidate for the operation.
She said: “For me it’s worked. I’ve got good cholesterol now. I’m incredibly fit.”
However, the weight loss was not just down to the band.
Her husband Phil Vickery revealed she also followed a gluten-free diet.
The Mirror reported the chef said: “Fern has cut right back on carbohydrates and eats a really healthy diet now with loads of vegetables and fruit.
“She likes my cooking. Family meals are old-fashioned favourites, like cottage pie or chicken with lots of veg and salad.”
Fern is best known for presenting This Morning between 1999 and 2009, co-presenting with Phillip Schofield.
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