Loose Women’s Denise Welch, 62, stuns in red bikini as she opens up on how she maintains two stone weight loss

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Loose Women star Denise Welch has showcased her incredible figure in a sizzling red bikini as she opened up on her diet plan.

The 62 year old, who is known for portraying the character Natalie Barnes on the popular soap opera Coronation Street, took to her Instagram feed to post the stunning snap with her 151,000 followers.

Posing in the two-piece while on a recent holiday in Malta, the star explained that her addiction to alcohol, which she gave up eight years ago, was dangerously close to turning into a food addiction.

To prevent this from happening, she joined a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-based diet plan that helped her lose two stone in just two months.

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Denise, who recently reunited with Coleen Nolan after Denise reportedly unfollowed Coleen on Instagram, wrote: "7 yrs ago I joined @lighterlife as I’d put on over 2 stone after giving up alcohol.

"I realised I was on a slippery slope of replacing alcohol addiction with food addiction. I wanted a diet plan that would change my relationship with food not just help me lose the weight."

"@lighterlife was the only one using cognitive behavioural therapy alongside meal replacements (proven to be the best in the U.K. re vitamins, minerals required for daily intake). I lost 2st in 8 weeks and have kept it off ever since. I use the flexifasting plan to feel healthier and to avoid gaining too much again."

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Discussing how it's improved her overall health, she continued: "The osteoarthritis in my knees and back improved by 90% immediately and have never returned to where they were.

"I regularly spend time with the doctors and dietary specialists who advise the company."

The soap star, who was previously opened up on her journey of sobriety, went on to explain how she's seen the weight loss plan help others.

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"I have seen hundreds of lives changed for the better and type 2 diabetes reversed after people have reached their goal weight quickly and safely," she said.

"I am thrilled that we are now seeing trials of this type of diet being held in the U.K. as we realise that obesity is one of the growing life threatening conditions in our country. I am proud to be the ambassador and we need to acknowledge how important it is to look at why so many people emotionally eat and how food is to many what alcohol was to me."

"Everyone deserves freedom from addiction especially now as anxiety and depression are on the increase #ad," she added.

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Many of her fans were quick to praise her as one person wrote: "WOW you look amazing," followed by a kissing emoji.

Another said: "Looking great Denise!!! Happiness on the inside shows on the outside! We'll done!!!" with a heart eyes emoji.

While a third added: "You always look amazing Denise x your an icon to women everywhere xxxx and I love your passion for believing what’s right x never change x," [sic] alongside a black heart emoji.

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