Lisa Riley, the Mandy Dingle actress from Emmerdale sparked curiosity about her weight gain after she lost weight. The actress used to be a size 28, she lost 12 stone and then dropped down to size 12. While some are interested to know how Lisa Riley lost weight, others want to know about the weight gain she had as Mandy Dingle. Many believed she was wearing a fat suit or padding.
Lisa Riley is an English actress and television presenter who is best known for her portrayal of the character of Mandy Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She first burst into the scene as Mandy Dingle in 1995 in a guest role. However, when the character became a hit among fans, she was invited back full-time. She became a mainstay in the series for the next four years till 2001.
Lisa Riley replaced Jeremy Beadle as the presenter of You’ve Been Framed! between 1998 and 2002. She also competed in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and she was a panelist on the ITV daytime series Loose Women. In 2019, Lisa returned to Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle.
While fans were happy to see her back, they couldn’t help but think that the actress was wearing a fat suit in the series. Because she looked a bit ‘fat’, some even thought that she was wearing padding. When they found that she was not, people became interested to know about her weight gain. Her recent weight loss also had people wondering how she gained so much weight in the first place. Learn more about Lisa Riley’s weight gain!
Mandy Dingle Actress’ Weight Gain: Fans Think Lisa Riley is Wearing a Fat Suit or Padding in Emmerdale!
Lisa Riley (@lisajaneriley) or Mandy Dingle from Emmerdale recently made headlines with the news of her weight loss. She underwent a major lifestyle overhaul and massive transformation. While this sparked curiosity about how she lost weight and all that, it also generated interest among her fans about her weight gain. They wanted to know how she gained all that weight in the first place.
We were used to seeing a different Mandy Dingle, a physically bigger one. Not to overstate or understate things but many Emmerdale viewers thought she was wearing a fat suit on the show. Some believed she was wearing padding because as they said, she just “looked so fat.” Now, she looks different but people are still stuck on why she looked big then. They want to know about Lisa Riley’s weight gain.
Lisa Riley reportedly underwent a dramatic transformation after she lost 12 stone. She went from being a size 28 to a size 12. She was size 28. How was she so big? What happened? Why did she gain so many pounds? What caused that excessive weight gain that made fans think she was wearing a fat suit while playing Mandy Dingle? There had to be some story to it and her fans wanted to know.
As it turned out, there’s not much story to it. The actress has not spoken much about her weight gain as she has spoken about her weight loss. She only said that she used to eat a lot back then. She revealed that she used to have a lot of junk food and takeaways and she didn’t do much exercise which resulted in her weight gain. Speaking about how she got so big in the first place, she said,
Nobody made me eat 50 Twix bars, or a whole packet of sausages at one sitting. I did that to myself. No one made me not go to the gym. Some weeks I was probably having seven takeaways a week. I did that to myself. I have to take responsibility for that.
Lisa Riley was so big that even when she lost weight over an 18-month period, she couldn’t entirely say goodbye to her weight gain and regretted that she ever let that happen because she was covered in painful folds of skin that weighed more than 1.5 stone. The Mandy Dingle actress said that she felt like a “saggy mess.”
The 1-and-a-half stone of excess skin that she was left with like it was a reminder of her massive weight gain had to be removed surgically. She said in an interview,
People forget how gigantic I was. With the skin removal I lost twelve stone, one pound. The surgeon chopped off one stone, four pounds. Since then my weight has more or less stayed the same.
Lisa Riley never thought that she would ever face that kind of saggy problem when she decided to reverse her weight gain and lose weight. She was tired of having the viewers of Emmerdale discuss if she was wearing a fat suit or padding while playing the role of Mandy Dingle. But after the mess she had after she lost weight, she would have taken that any day. She wished she had stayed obese.
When I made the decision to lose weight, I never for one second imagined that I would end up looking like that. It never occurred to me that the loose skin would be so bad. I thought why on earth have I lost all this weight? I looked worse than I did when I was obese. And it was the pain as well. The skin was flapping about and dragging.
Our Mandy Dingle had no other choice but to have surgery to remove the excess skin. So, Lisa Riley went ahead and had that surgery and now, she’s gotten rid of the saggy mess. Now, there’s no trace of that massive weight gain in her.