Faye Tozer says Strictly Come Dancing’s gruelling routine has “transformed” her body – but it will not last.
The Strictly finalist, 43, said her washboard stomach is now so flat she could serve up Christmas dinner in a crop top.
“My figure has transformed over the last 15 weeks,” the Steps star told the Press Association.
“But it’s not sustainable unless you are on a really tight diet because being on your feet for 10 hours a day… that’s not normal life.”
Tozer, who has signed up for a musical celebration of the drama Queer As Folk, said: “My stomach has never been so flat, it’s incredible. It’s a shame I can’t do anything with that.
“I feel like I need to be getting my body out but it’s not really appropriate,” she added, joking she could don a “crop top for Christmas dinner”.
Tozer praised fellow Strictly finalist Ashley Roberts for “bouncing back” after she was consistently placed in the dance-off by viewers, with some put off because of the ex-Pussycat Doll’s past dancing experience.
“I think she’s so brave, I don’t think I could have handled the situation as well as she did,” Tozer said.
“People knew that I could dance because I was from a dancing pop group. I always openly admitted that I had experience in dance.”
The star said being on the BBC One show, without her “Steps family”, had boosted her confidence because “it was a real challenge to do something on my own and put myself out there and find my feet”.
But she said of the so-called Strictly curse: “Me and (husband) Michael have a wonderful life and are really strong and solid.”
Tozer is preparing to appear in the show Queer As Folk 20, STILL DOIN IT LIVE, a musical celebration of the TV programme.
Queer As Folk was penned by Russell T Davies and followed the lives of three young gay men, set around Manchester’s Gay Village.
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The stage show will feature performances of music from Queer As Folk by artists and Manchester Camerata.
“It’s going to be a very flamboyant and fabulous show, with brilliant music,” Tozer, who is guest-starring, said.
“The gay audiences have stuck with us for all these years, so this is my personal thank you by performing at this amazing anniversary show.”
Queer As Folk 20 , STILL DOIN IT LIVE, takes place on February 22 at the Manchester Albert Hall.