Ex-Eastenders actress Natalie Cassidy, 29, has always been the subject of much interest concerning her weight and appearance, previously coming under criticism in the press for being both too big and too skinny. However, for the first time in her life, Natalie has now arrived at her ideal weight and she’s staying there, thanks to a strict period of self-discipline and a miracle Artichoke supplement.
Natalie admits, “I have been every shape from a big sixteen to a size six and I’ve really struggled with my weight over the years. Although criticism has sometimes been hard, it has also been self-inflicted as I have chosen to loose and gain at an abnormal rate in the past. I feel very strong now and am confident that I will keep within a healthy weight, not just for myself, but to prove everyone wrong!”
Conscious to avoid ‘yo yo’ dieting as a temporary solution to weight loss, Natalie looked to make substantial and permanent changes and to her life, in all aspects from diet and exercise, to her social and family life. “This time around, I did it by saying to myself ‘OK – this is about a life change’. It was about making my brain and body work together to get fit properly, being committed and eating as well as I could. The goal before I started my six-week plan was to drop a dress size from a comfortable 12 (sometimes 14), to a size 10, where you can walk into any shop and have it fit. There’s nothing quite like being able to pick up the size you like, knowing it will fit you. I also wanted more than anything else to get back into fitness again, but in a sensible and healthy way,” said Natalie.
Although the absence of any dietary intolerances or restrictions meant that Natalie could embark on her dietary revolution without any conflicts, the problem of bloating became an obstacle. “I used to feel extremely bloated after eating carbs or late at night. Even after putting in all that work, I could still look like I was pregnant again after a meal. I also like to go out to nice restaurants but often find I can bloat out so much after a meal that I can go up a dress size or even two, which isn’t ideal when the photographers are waiting outside ready to take that unflattering snap!
“In my pursuit to drop a dress size, I discovered a natural supplement called Thisilyn Artichoke, which has been shown to help beat the bloat, alongside a balanced diet and regular exercise and have really noticed the benefits over the past few months. It has really helped me slim down to a size 10 and stay that way – even after a heavy meal!”
To help overcome the uncomfortable and unflattering food bloat Natalie uses Thisilyn Artichoke, one of nature’s best-kept secrets when it comes to looking after digestive health. The health benefits of artichoke were first documented by pupils of Aristotle in around the 4th century BC, the Egyptians valued it as a health and diet food and Plinius described it as the ‘food for the rich’.
Thisilyn Artichoke (£7.99 for 30 capsules) contains Cynarin, extracted from the leaves at the blade of the globe artichoke plant, which contains the highest concentration of the active constituents.