Housewife Lorraine Merrett lose weight became the sexy cover star, Photos / Magazine News

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Oxford housewife Lorraine Merrett said I was too nervous to strip off. but my husband is proud of me. (Photos)

Lorraine Merrett from Oxford , who weighed 15st, wore size 20 clothes and was embarrassed by her 40FF boobs, was inspired to shift the pounds by Birds of a Feather star Pauline Quirke.

Speaking about her weight loss, Lorraine said: ‘I thought if Pauline could so it then so can I – she was my inspiration.

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Comedy actress Pauline, 52, was almost 20st when she started on Lighterlife and slimmed down to her target weight of 11st.

‘Everyone thought of her as a naturally big woman – and that is what people thought of me. But I saw how Pauline lost all her weight and decided I could do the same.’

Lorraine had gained weight after years of eating unhealthy takeaways and fry-ups. 

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Lorraine Merret said: ‘My husband Andy loved me being cuddly – he was quite happy being married to a big lady.

‘But I didn’t want to be big anymore and with my 40th birthday coming up I knew it was time.’

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5ft 4in Lorraine joined slimming programme Lighterlife and swapped greasy food for low-calorie milkshakes, complemented by a new exercise regime.

Lorraine Merret, from Oxford, reached her perfect weight of 9st 6lb five months later.

The mother-of-two said: ‘My body had changed shape totally. The weight just fell off and I slimmed down to a slinky size 10. My boobs had lost ten inches too!

‘I owe it to Pauline Quirke and Lighterlife – we are like birds of a feather when it comes to losing weight.’

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‘The photographer was very encouraging and kept reassuring me saying I looked great.

When the pictures finally arrived I was amazed it was really me. Andy couldn’t take his eyes off them.

‘I had to admit they were so good I thought they had been airbrushed!’

Lorraine has had some of the pictures framed to put on the walls of her home in Oxford.

Proud husband Andy said: ‘She looks fantastic.’

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