Claire Richards talking about it again!

‘I looked like a person in a fat suit’ Former Steps singer Claire Richards explians how she five dress sizes and rediscovered a new old shape!

Steps big in their time but now just a distant memory from a by gone time!  Claire Richards one of the blonde ones in the group has undergone an amazing transformation after slimming from a size 20 to a 10 in just nine months and says she’s determined to maintain her stunning new body.  I bet she is – that is some weaight lose.

The 31-year-old singer lost five stone in time for her wedding day last November and cannot imagine going back to her former 15 stone shape.  ‘I’m so much happier now and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I stay this way for good’ she told Mail Online.

Claire Richards

Richards admits that it will be a struggle to keep the weight off but says she is determined to avoid falling into the trap of stars such as Natalie Cassidy who have slimmed down dramatically for a fitness DVD and then slowly put the weight back on.

Before and after and……

After again!

Claire says “I know that there will be a lot of pressure on me to stay slim and people will be paying close attention to my body to see if I’m managing to keep the weight off. But no-one could put more pressure on me than I’ll be putting on myself. I never want to be in the position I was before.”

Her new fitness DVD 5 Step Fat Attack is now outselling the likes of Spice Girl Mel B and Strictly Come Dancing, Richards says she credits its success to the fact that her story is ‘real’.

Claire Richards before

The big one!

Richards says that, although it was hard work shifting all of the weight, she felt like a million dollars walking down the aisle when she married her partner Reece Hill.   ‘It was an amazing feeling. There were a lot of people who hadn’t seen me for a while so it was nice to see the looks on the faces,’ she muses.  Now not only does she have a fantastic body, she also has far more energy to run around after her one-year-old son Charlie.

Party in the Park

Pop star days: A slim Richards with bandmates Lisa Scott-Lee and Faye Tozer performing at London’s Party in the Park in 1999.  I wonder where they are now and what they look like?

Claire Sweeney My Big Fat Diet

So many of the papers are writing about Claire Sweeney and her weight gain of 6 weeks! and the TV programme My Big Fat Diet was on tonight and made for interesting viewing – did you see it and the changes?

ITV1, 9pm Tuesday 6th January 2009

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At a time when many of us are starting diets, Claire Sweeney is going to stuff her face silly.

The Daily Mirror wrote : In a Morgan Spurlock Super Size Me-type experiment, Claire ditches her healthy lifestyle to discover how easy it is to get fat, and what effect it has on her body.

Consider it the unofficial follow-up to ITV1’s The Truth About Size Zero, in which Louise Redknapp’s dress size went in completely the opposite direction.  Claire usually eats a balanced diet and exercises three times a week to maintain her size 12 figure. But for six weeks she’ll eat whatever she fancies.

For anyone who has to watch their diet, it sounds like a dream job. And Claire certainly looks like the cat that got the cream when she goes to the supermarket – quite literally at one point as she necks fatty, creamy milk while still in the aisles.   But unfortunately, wolfing down custard slices, cream cakes and hamburgers yields predictable results. And as her waistline grows, her confidence diminishes – especially when she goes to Hollywood and comes in for a slating from image-conscious film industry experts (although by their freaky standards, even her regular dress size is considered big).

It’s amazing how much weight she puts on in such a short time but the real shock for Claire is discovering what health risks her new shape poses.  Meanwhile, here’s an unofficial Big Fat Diet game for you. Take a bite of cake every time you see someone on the programme who’s overdosed on sunbeds!!! Well that will make 93 then!!!!!!

Claire only seems to know orange people so you’ll be the size of a house in no time.

Okay experiment over how long to lose that weight then??????? another programme then the My Big Fat get back to where I was six weeks ago diet

Claire Richards Who? – someone from steps !! Who?

Steps singer Claire Richards loses FIVE STONE whilst making a new fitness DVD

Claire startyed her celebrity life in Steps which was a very popluar band with some during its time and during her years in Steps, Claire Richards gained the attention of male fans with her big smile, powerful voice and slimline physique. But after her music career went downhill and she had a baby son Charlie, the 31-year-old singer soon started piling on the pounds, ballooning to 15 stone.  And we know how easy that can be, after all at the moment every other new piece is about losing weight,  who has gained weight and what we should all be doing to rectify the damage of the Christmas break. Without Steps’ energetic dance moves to help keep her in shape, Claire ended up gaining five stone, making her look unrecognisable from her old pop person.

Before – during Steps

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After baby and before taking the plunge
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After doing the do!

After the weight has gone: Claire Richards shows off her slimline physique after losing five stone

After being pictured in the media five dress sizes bigger in May this year, Claire decided to take control and regain her former figure.

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The singer has teamed up with fitness expert Chris to share the secrets of her success. In her fitness DVD, entitled 5 Step Fat Attack, Claire shows off a combination of aerobics and toning exercises to help drop the pounds. As you would expect, Claire shows off her moves to a soundtrack of Steps’ greatest hits. Among the songs Claire works out to include Tragedy, After The Love Has Gone, Deeper Shade Of Blue and 5,6,7,8. She explained: ‘After leaving Steps, the regular dance routines and constantly being on the go came to an end and I started to gain weight. ‘I tried all sorts of methods to shape up including fad diets and failed gym memberships.That’s why I got together with my trainer Chris and created the 5 Step Fat Attack. ‘I’m fit and in shape and I want to share how I stepped my way back to fitness. ‘We’ve put together a great workout which enables you to lose weight and have fun. ‘Last year I looked in the mirror and at 15 stones I didn’t recognise myself, it was a far cry from my days in Steps when I was a size 10.

CLAIRE RICHARDS The TV Quick & TV Choice Awards September 2008

Dropping dress sizes: Claire looked more like her old self at the TV Choice Awards in September (L) after previously stunning fans with her portly physique at the Take That musical back in May (R)

‘Like most women, changes in my life led to me putting weight on and before I knew it I looked like another person in a fat suit, and I knew things had to change.’ Claire is currently working on her debut solo album, due for release in 2009, after a few years out of the spotlight. Claire sang many of the lead vocals in Steps during her five years with the pop group before they split on Boxing Day 2001. She went on to form a duo with Steps bandmate Ian ‘H’ Watkins, but they disbanded after 2003 after two years together. Claire married her first husband, Steps dancer Mark Webb in 2003, but they split in 2005. In May 2007, Claire gave birth to her first child Charlie and married his father Reece Hill last month. • Claire Richards: 5 Step Fat Attack goes on sale on December 26th.

Steps Brit Awards 2000

Tummy-tastic: Claire flashes her toned stomach with her Steps bandmates (L-R) Lisa Scott Lee, Faye, Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Lee Latchford Evans at the 2000 Brit Awards

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