Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor shows off incredible three stone weight loss with before and after pics | The Sun

HOLLYOAKS star Davinia Taylor has shown off her astonishing body overhaul after previously losing THREE stone.

The 45 year old star slipped into a black bikini and shared her continued progress on instagram.

Promiting her New Year reset programme, the former Hollyoaks actress shared a before and after to remind her followers how far she has come.

Davinia, who quit booze in 2009, has revealed that she completely turned her life around following the heartbreaking death of her mother and went from a size 16 to a size eight.

Davinia, who reprised her role in Hollyoaks in 2017, claims that 'counting chemicals' instead of calories, allowed her to shed the weight.

During a previous interview on This Morning, Davinia, who is mum to four boys, said: "You don't count calories, you've gotta count chemicals. What I've done over the years is… because I eat on depression…"

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She added:"When I'm upset or stressed I reach for carbohydrates, and that's a form of biohacking. But basically, you're trying to hack into your hormones to boost your mood."

And so in a bid to deal with the death of her mother, instead of turning to booze, which she quit 13 years ago, she relied on the comfort of carbohydrates and sugary food.

But she claims that that her poor diet, which included vegetable oil or seed oil, was triggering her depression and making her gain weight.

She continued: "And the one I found out – more than sugar would you believe – is that vegetable oil and seed oil actually makes you depressed. It's not meant to be in our diet but it's everywhere."

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Promoting her book Its Not A Diet, which came out in 2021 and was a number one bestseller, she added: "And when I cut that out, my body started functioning better. And I could metabolise the food I was storing and get rid of it… And then improve my mood and start exercising."

Davinia explained that this process is called biohacking where you train your brain's relationship with food to prevent over indulging.

She went on to say that she has changed her 'gut microbiome' and has now become 'metabolically flexible' so she can now eat one slice of pizza instead of the whole thing.

When asked how people can follow the biohacking process she said: "You can do little things like cold showers that change your hormones. My mantra is: "feed the brain and the body will follow."

This is not the only battle Davinia has had to overcome. Davinia was forced to put her legendary party lifestyle behind her when she was going through a divorce with her ex husband Dave Gardener.

At the time, due to her alcoholism, Dave won full custody of their son Grey.

Speaking of the humiliation, she recently said: "That humiliation to be honest that spurred me on to keep sober and keep on the program… that was a catalyst that took me into the depths of depression, the support I received was monumental. I think I would be dead."

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