Denise Welch signs up to the 500 calorie-a-day diet LighterLife challenge

The nations favourite Loose Woman – Denise Welch has signed to the the LighterLife challenge, in an attempt to lose weight before her wedding to toyboy boyfriend Lincoln Townley. The pair are due to get married in July of this year, and Denise Welch is desperate to lose some weight before they officially tie the knot.

Denise Welch

The 54-year-old TV star and Loose Women presenter is going on the 500 calories a day diet, and will receive the low calorie Foodpacks and weekly counselling sessions, all designed to help people keep the weight off permanently.

Denise Welch faced the press yesterday, where she spoke about her desire to lose weight: “I am delighted to be joining the LighterLife team. I am looking forward to losing weight in a steady and healthy way with a group of like-minded people,” she added: “The LighterLife programme fits into my busy lifestyle and I look forward to celebrating a new slimmer and more confident me.”

Denise Welch

It is thought that Denise was inspired to join the LighterLife programme, after she saw the huge success of her celebrity chums, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson losing weight on the same diet.

Pauline Quirke

Birds of a Feather star, Pauline Quirke had previously been a LighterLife ambassador for the diet brand, and lost an amazing 8.5 stone on the programme back in 2011.

Pauline praised the diet regime and said that she never actually felt hungry, during her time on the diet. She added: “The thing they’re strict about is the whole counselling thing. Once a week we have our group support sessions. So if you’re wavering a bit, you know you’re not alone.”

Once Pauline showed off her fabulous new figure, her former co-star of Birds Of A Feather Linda Robson was also inspired to go on the diet, and she herself lost a staggering 3.5 stone.

Linda Robson

Linda Robson: BIG/Sunday Mirror

Linda, who had always been the slimmer of the two, was shocked when she realised that she was now actually three stone heavier than Pauline.

Linda had not seen Pauline for several months, although they kept in touch on the phone, and her co-star was bought on to surprise her when she was being interviewed on ITV’s This Morning, talking about her weight loss using the Lighter Life diet.

Linda said: “We’d speak on the phone and she’d say, ‘I’ve lost four stone’ then ‘I’ve lost five stone’, but until I ­actually saw her, I just couldn’t believe it. She didn’t look like the same person.

There she was in this tiny denim jacket and I thought, ‘I want to look as good as you.’ For the first time, I was much bigger than her and it did feel strange. There I was carrying an extra three stone around – it’s a lot of bloody weight. So I thought I’d give it a go.”

Denise Welch

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Denise Welch is all set to restrict her eating to around 500 – 600 calories a day, in an attempt to look gorgeous for her PR boss boyfriend. The pair have had a rocky road during their whirlwind romance, which started last year as she split from her actor husband Tim Healy after 24 years of marriage.

 Denise Welsh and  Lincoln Townley

Denise Welch and Lincoln Townley

Denise and Lincoln got engaged last year in August after a romantic break in Nice, where Lincoln proposed to her.

For more information, please visit Lighterlife.com.

Images from LighterLife UK/WENN

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