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Carol Vorderman’s changing body: A timeline

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Carol Vorderman recently stunned fans by unveiling her incredible abs in a pair of tiny shorts after dropping a dress size in two weeks following a fitness retreat in Portugal.

The presenter, 61, has long set tongues wagging together with her impressive curves and peachy posterior, repeatedly denying she’s had cosmetic surgery after unveiling a glamorous post-Countdown look.

Carol was first known for her dowdy looks while appearing on Channel 4’s Countdown, but within the early 2000s unveiled a svelte latest take care of dropping three dress sizes.

The star has long been a supporter of unpolluted eating and following a detox food plan, and has even published books on the topic.

So, as Carol continues to surprise fans together with her figure in 60s, here’s a timeline looking back at her transformation.

Sensational: The star has always caught attention with her changing body

Wow! Carol Vorderman recently stunned fans by unveiling her incredible abs after dropping a dress size in two weeks following a fitness retreat (left), however the star has all the time caught attention together with her changing body (right in 1986)

1982 – Carol Vorderman kickstarts her TV profession on Countdown

Carol was first known to many because the letters and numbers guru on Channel 4’s Countdown, beating out 1000’s of applicants to land a job on the quiz show.

Through the series’ early years Carol was typically clad in a wise suits and complicated dresses.

The star famously appeared within the series alongside its host Richard Whiteley, until his sudden death in 2005.

Back then: Carol was first known to many as the letters and numbers guru on Channel 4's Countdown, beating out thousands of applicants to land a job on the quiz show (pictured in 1994)

Back then: Carol was first known to many because the letters and numbers guru on Channel 4’s Countdown, beating out 1000’s of applicants to land a job on the quiz show (pictured in 1994)

Very different look: During the series' early years Carol was typically clad in a smart suits and sophisticated dresses

Very different look: Through the series’ early years Carol was typically clad in a wise suits and complicated dresses

Glamming it up: Amid the end of her second marriage to management consultant Patrick King, Carol began to catch the eye with racier ensembles Losing the pounds: It was at this time at Carol first revealed her dedication to a detox diet

Glamming it up: Amid the tip of her second marriage to management consultant Patrick King, Carol began to catch the attention with racier ensembles, and on the time she first revealed her dedication to a detox food plan (left in 1999 and right in 2000)

2000 – Carol separates from her second husband Patrick King 

For a lot of fans Carol’s transformation began within the late Nineteen Nineties following the arrival of her two children, when she ditched her dowdy looks for more form-fitting dresses.

In 2000 the star split from her second husband, management consultant Patrick King after 10 years of marrage. 

On the time the star credited her weight reduction with following a detox food plan,and even released a VHS and book documenting the 28-day plan.

The clean-eating craze focuses on only consuming unprocessed foods and attempting to keep ingredients as near how nature made them as possible. 

Sex bomb: Despite showcasing her love for the detox diet, in 2002 (pictured at the time) friends were reportedly concerned for Carol after she was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pains

Sex bomb: Despite showcasing her love for the detox food plan, in 2002 (pictured on the time) friends were reportedly concerned for Carol after she was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pains 

Rules: Carol has previously credited a strict detox diet, which restricted meat, dairy and soya products, sugar, salt, alcohol, wheat and all processed foods for 28 days (pictured in 2005)

Rules: Carol has previously credited a strict detox food plan, which restricted meat, dairy and soya products, sugar, salt, alcohol, wheat and all processed foods for 28 days (pictured in 2005)

2002 – Carol Vorderman is rushed to hospital following a mystery illness after admitting she is ‘obsessed’ with weight-reduction plan

Despite showcasing her love for the detox food plan, in 2002 friends were reportedly concerned for Carol after she was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pains. 

On the time Carol had dropped three dress sizes over two years while following a strict detox food plan, which restricted meat, dairy and soya products, sugar, salt, alcohol, wheat and all processed foods for 28 days.

Tough time: Carol revealed that the stress of losing her Countdown job made her pile on the pounds , telling Reveal magazine she had put on close to a stone after a 're-tox' period where she has binged on food

Tough time: Carol revealed that the stress of losing her Countdown job made her pile on the kilos , telling Reveal magazine she had placed on near a stone after a ‘re-tox’ period where she has binged on food

2008 – Carol Vorderman reveals she gained a stone through stress after being sacked from Countdown

Carol revealed that the stress of losing her Countdown job made her pile on the kilos, telling Reveal magazine she had placed on near a stone after a ‘re-tox’ period where she has binged on food.

She said: ‘I even have had a re-tox yr. After I get stressed, I do not sleep well after which I get drained. And once I get drained I find myself shovelling food in my mouth just to maintain myself awake.

‘I realised I used to be putting on weight, once I found my dresses were a bit tighter. I used to be trying guilty the zips once I had difficulty putting them on, however the zips weren’t guilty.’

Confident: After bidding farewell to Countdown, Carol continued to showcase her impressive curves, but insisted in 2011: 'We all have, in my family, what we call the 'Vorderman bottom' - a sticky out, bigger-than-normal, signature, of the rear variety'

Confident: After bidding farewell to Countdown, Carol continued to showcase her impressive curves, but insisted in 2011: ‘All of us have, in my family, what we call the ‘Vorderman bottom’ – a sticky out, bigger-than-normal, signature, of the rear variety’

2011 – Carol Vorderman’s posterior is crowned Rear Of The Yr 

In 2011 Carol’s peachy posterior made history when it was crowned Rear Of The Yr, after the award’s organisers said she received a ‘deluge’ of votes when her figure became the envy of many middle-aged women.

In an interview with The Every day Mail two years ago, Vorderman admitted it had taken her some time to understand her naturally big bum.

She said: ‘All of us have, in my family, what we call the ‘Vorderman bottom’ – a sticky out, bigger-than-normal, signature, of the rear variety.

‘It has been a family joke all our lives – even my lovely brother has one. I do know the lines to all the nice singalong big bum songs.’

Again? Having previously sworn by her detox diet, Carol previously revealed she had returned to the regime in 2013 after giving into temptation during filming for her new food show (pictured in 2012)

Again? Having previously sworn by her detox food plan, Carol previously revealed she had returned to the regime in 2013 after giving into temptation during filming for her latest food show (pictured in 2012)

2013 – Carol Vorderman reveals she is back on her detox food plan after piling on the kilos while filming latest food show

Having previously sworn by her detox food plan, Carol previously revealed she had returned to the regime after giving into temptation during filming for her latest food show.

She said: ‘I’m on a detox for 3 months because I’ve eaten a lot. I’m terrible, once I start eating certain sorts of food, I am going on eating them, so I’ve got to re-train myself.’

Vorderman, much admired for her figure, said: ‘People would make lovely bread and butter pudding within the morning, so I’d have that for breakfast and then you definately’d follow that with a curry for elevenses, followed by whatever else and I might try every part I could.’

Strict: In 2017 Carol (pictured at the time) said: 'It was no wheat, no meat, no dairy, no booze, no sugar - all that kind of thing and I was told I was completely cuckoo and now of course that's what's recommended!'

Strict: In 2017 Carol (pictured on the time) said: ‘It was no wheat, no meat, no dairy, no booze, no sugar – all that sort of thing and I used to be told I used to be completely cuckoo and now after all that is what’s really helpful!’

2017 – Carol Vorderman began clean-eating before it was cool and divulges the key behind her enviable figure 

Carol revealed that she was following the detox food plan years before it was fashionable – and was told she was ‘completely cuckoo’.

She told The Every day Mail: ‘After I hit 40 I did this detox thing, my kind of self-devised, only for 28 days not ceaselessly.

‘It was no wheat, no meat, no dairy, no booze, no sugar – all that sort of thing and I used to be told I used to be completely cuckoo and now after all that is what’s really helpful!’

Has she? Carol's incredible curves and peachy posterior sparked a slew of speculation that she had undergone plastic surgery, but she denied the claims in 2019 after showed off her tiny waist in a chic races look (pictured)

Has she? Carol’s incredible curves and peachy posterior sparked a slew of speculation that she had undergone cosmetic surgery, but she denied the claims in 2019 after showed off her tiny waist in a classy races look (pictured)

2019 – Carol Vorderman hits back at cosmetic surgery claims 

Carol’s incredible curves and peachy posterior sparked a slew of speculation that she had undergone cosmetic surgery, however the star has repeatedly denied the claims.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Caught ordering an uber today after a gathering…..an old ⁦@KarenMillen⁩ top and old jeggings from ⁦@marksandspencer⁩…. but it surely’s the usual Vorders.’ 

Tough time: Three years ago Carol candidly discussed how going through the menopause has had an impact on her figure, admitting she went through 'terrible hormonal depression'

Tough time: Three years ago Carol candidly discussed how going through the menopause has had an impact on her figure, admitting she went through ‘terrible hormonal depression’

2019 – Carol Vorderman admits she went through ‘terrible hormonal depression’ and placed on a stone in two weeks through the menopause

Three years ago Carol candidly discussed how going through the menopause has had an impact on her figure, despite insisting she hasn’t weighed herself in two weeks. 

‘As you undergo the menopause things change. I had what’s called a mirena coil. I placed on a stone in two weeks,’ she explained. ‘It gives off hormones as well, so I had it removed and it took me a yr to lose the burden.’ 

The in-shape star reveals the key to her curves, selecting mountaineering as her favourite exercise. The keen walker will trek 12-20 miles twice per week, adding that she also likes to deal with her famous derriere, saying: ‘When it comes to squats, or the equivalent of squats, I probably do over 20,000 a yr… that is lots’

Feeling good: In recent days Carol has been eagerly documenting her fitness retreat in Portugal where she has been attempting to slim down through gruelling workouts Wow: Carol is pictured in May 2022

Feeling good: In recent days Carol has been eagerly documenting her fitness retreat in Portugal where she has been attempting to slim down through gruelling workouts (pictured left through the retreat and right in May 2022)

2022 – Carol Vorderman, 61, shows off her toned abs in a bikini after dropping a dress size in two weeks

In recent days Carol has been eagerly documenting her fitness retreat in Portugal where she has been attempting to slim down through gruelling workouts.

And the star proudly showed the outcomes of her hard-work in a jaw-dropping Instagram post after dropping ‘over a dress size’, displaying her toned abs in a leopard print bikini and tiny shorts.

Alongside the photo, she penned: ‘We’re coming home soon….still one other day to go. 18 days – 3 days (going to restaurants) = 15 days on juice here at @juicemasterretreats @jasonvale.’ 

She continued: ‘I’ve dropped over a dress size and bursting with energy. Have not been into these shorts for a number of years and now they’re loose. Boommmm.’

Mrs muscles: And the star proudly showed the results of her hard-work in a jaw-dropping Instagram post after dropping 'over a dress size' in just two weeks

Mrs muscles: And the star proudly showed the outcomes of her hard-work in a jaw-dropping Instagram post after dropping ‘over a dress size’ in only two weeks

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