Coleen Nolan goes vegan over health fears: 'I'm eating to live, not living to eat'

Coleen Nolan has become a vegan. (PA)
Coleen Nolan has become a vegan. (PA)

Coleen Nolan says she has lost weight after converting to a vegan diet.

But the 56-year-old Loose Women presenter – who has openly struggled with her weight for many years and admits trying "every diet going" – insisted it was an unexpected side effect of a new plant-based diet she took up for health reasons.

Coleen said: "I never weighed myself. The weight comes off. What I'm bothered about is I feel so much better. Best I've felt for years.

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"The main reason for doing it is my sisters' cancer diagnosis and family members have diabetes. I've got to do this now."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 25: Linda, Coleen, Bernie and Maureen of the The Nolans sighted at BBC Radio 2 on September 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/FilmMagic)
Coleen Nolan has become vegan for health reasons after three of her sisters have been diagnosed with cancer. (Getty Images)

Last May Coleen's older sister Anne, 70, was diagnosed with breast cancer, on the same day their sister Linda Nolan, 62, was told her cancer had returned. Another sister, Bernie, died aged 52 in 2013 after battling breast cancer.

Coleen admitted she hadn't enjoyed her vegan diet at first, but has got used to it.

The Nolan Sisters left to right : Bernie Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Linda Nolan Picture taken 9th December 1980. (Photo by Peter Cook/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The Nolan Sisters in 1980, left to right: Bernie Nolan, Maureen Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Linda Nolan. (Peter Cook/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

She said: "Here's the thing – some of it I don't like. I love my dairy and chocolate, but I've really got used to it and trained my taste buds.

"I'm eating to live rather than living to eat."

Coleen previously revealed she was told by a TV boss that she was "too big" to present primetime TV.

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She revealed at online event A Girls Night In With Melanie Blake: "I have had a head of a big TV company saying: ‘If you want to get in primetime television you should get a gastric band, you’re too big to present primetime.'

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"I’ve had, 'Oh, you’re getting on a bit now, so maybe you’re not right for primetime.'

"And yet you see all these guys in primetime, some overweight, some certainly in their 60s and 70s. There don’t seem to be any women of a certain age or a certain size in primetime."

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