Singer confesses she dropped from size 12 to 8 to improve health

Lily Allen has revealed she dropped from a size 12 to a size 8 after being diagnosed with a dicky heart.

The singer, 22, was told to get fit by doctors after being told she had had either a hole in the heart or a valve problem.

‘I found out I had a heart murmur about three months ago,’ she says. ‘I had switched doctors and just went for a routine check-up.

‘I have been asthmatic all my life, but this was really scary. When they asked me how much exercise I did, I had to be honest and say hardly any.’

Lily shed 19lb in just 6 weeks after going on a fitness regime.

‘I make sure I work out three times a week now, and I don’t hold back,’ she explains.

‘I used to love nothing more than sitting in front of the telly with two packets of Ginger Nuts and two bags of milk bottle sweets – and I’d devour the lot.

‘But this heart thing has made me cut back on all that kind of crap.’

But Lily insists she doesn’t want to go down to a size 0.

‘I really want to stress that I haven’t done this because I want to become some skinny minnie – I will never be like that,’ she tells Grazia.

‘I just like being more toned. I don’t understand people who are crazy-thin and deprive themselves, they must be miserable.’

Lily also plans to quit puffing away on cancer sticks.

‘I was going pretty crazy back in the summer, drinking too much and partying loads,’ she explains. ‘But I’ve cut back. I should also give up smoking, but haven’t quite managed that yet.’

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