Lisa Riley has opened up about the moment she first saw herself following her dramatic transformation. The Loose Women star, 40, recently undertook corrective surgery to remove the excess skin after losing 11 stone. "I can't even begin to tell you how I felt the first time I looked in the mirror naked post-surgery," she told The Mirror.
The TV star added: "It was three weeks after the operation and I just couldn't believe it was me. It was complete disbelief. I had a flat stomach for the first time ever. But sometimes I still see obese Lisa. I think it will still be the case for a long time. Sometimes it takes my breath away when I see the new me." Over the past few years, Lisa has been keeping fans updated with her progress - she went from a size 28 to 12-14.
Lisa Riley has said she barely recognised herself after undergoing drastic surgery
Last month, the former soap star opened up about her impressive journey as she admitted she's still "taking time" to digest it all. "It's incredible, it really, really is," she said on Loose Women. "I'm 12 and a bit stone now. I'm still getting used to it all myself. I'd never wear anything like this." Dressed in a vibrant red jumpsuit, the TV star happily added: "Five weeks ago to the day, I was there on the operating table. Still for me every day there's something new. I couldn't go on as I was, everything was moving and jigging around. I'd go to my Zumba class and it'd be so painful."
The TV host has been following a strict diet to keep her trim new figure. Revealing her eating regime on the show, she said: "I don't believe in fad diets, even though I have tried them before. I have no food after 6.30pm." Lisa then went on to silence her critics who suggested she didn't shed the weight by using a healthy lifestyle. "When I came on this show and the big weight loss was revealed, 93 per cent of people are supportive," she said while discussing her decision to take the lie detector test. "Basically, what's happened is the other few per cent are calling me a liar. One thing I'm not is a liar. What I've done is such a good achievement."