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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.

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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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