Catherine Tyldesley's weight worries

Catherine Tyldesley has revealed she was "horribly depressed" when she was overweight, saying she felt "too big" to go to the same places as her friends

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Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley was "horribly depressed" while overweight.

The 'Coronation Street' actress - who plays machinist Eva Price in the ITV soap - has turned her life around after losing four-and-a-half stone, and admits that being overweight was mentally crippling.

She said: "It was a really horribly depressing time. All my friends were lean and athletic, and I was huge. I wanted to shop in the same places as my friends and wear clothes like them but I was too big."

The 29-year-old star has adopted a healthier lifestyle now, however, and enjoys keeping fit and eating fruit and vegetables.

She explained: "Everything has improved - my energy levels, my skin, my hair. And exercise raises endorphins, which make you feel happy. I just feel an all round improvement.

"I don't eat processed foods or junk food and I eat a lot of protein and green veg. I don't cut out carbohydrates completely, as I know which ones are good for me. And I have a cheat meal once a week."

Now a trim size 10, Catherine says her weight loss is still a work in a progress.

She added to Star magazine: "I've still got things I need to work on. I was really big, so I have some stretch marks. But we're all on our own journey."

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