Former Big Brother star Chanelle Hayes showed off the incredible results of her impressive weight loss as she soaked up the Spanish sun
Big Brother’s Chanelle Hayes looked gorgeous as she flaunted her figure on holiday in Spain.
The star lost an incredible 8.5 stone after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery after years of yo-yo dieting.
The mum-of-two basked in her new found body confidence as she happily strutted round the pool in a revealing blue bikini as she continues her holiday.
Chanelle looked happy and relaxed in her two piece swimmer as she soaked up the sun before taking a dip in the water.
The 34-year-old has previously opened up about her struggles with her weight, revealing that she used to have an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.
“My life post Big Brother, my eating habits got worse, everyone I hung out with in London was even smaller than me, so I felt so big.
“They all took drugs, which I guess explains why they were thin, but that was not something I was into.
“I was living in hotels and would not eat anything all day, if I got absolutely starving I would eat a tin of tomatoes with hot sauce, then take laxatives.
“I thought I was setting myself up for this amazing life but in truth I was always on my own and it was so lonely,” she told The Sun.
Chanelle began to gain weight when she fell pregnant with son Blakely, now 11, and moved up to Wakefield to live near family, but found herself bingeing on takeaways, delivery pizza and fizzy drinks.
The television personality found herself in a vicious cycle of bingeing, feeling guilty, and overcompensating for the guilt with risky behaviour such as taking laxatives and overexercising.
In 2013 13.5 Chanelle signed a contract with a slimming pill company, giving her the opportunity to lose weight and earn money at the same time.
However, she found that her binge-purge cycle was totally out of control just years after the completion of the diet, and now a single mum to two boys, she found it difficult to cope.
At her heaviest, the star weighed 17 stone 4lbs.
In 2020 she decided to have the gastric sleeve fitted, which limits the amount of food that the stomach can hold.
“People just thought I was greedy but I was beyond the point of control and my addiction was really taking hold. I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery in 2020 after going up to 17st 4lb,” the star admitted.
Before undergoing the procedure, Chanelle said she ‘lived like a hermit for a year’ due to the shame that she had around her eating habits.
Since the surgery she has been documenting her weight loss journey, sharing her recovery to a healthier body and mindset.
Now having lost the weight, Chanelle says she is the ‘happiest I’ve ever been both physically and mentally’.
Taking selfies by the pool in an aquamarine bikini, she seemed content show off the transformation and was confident in her body.
Chanelle first entered the limelight in 2007, when she was a contestant on the eighth series of Big Brother at the age of 19.
Capturing the public’s attention and affection, she began appearing in newspapers and magazines, doing high-profile photo shoots and interviews.
Recently Chanelle has been enjoying time in Spain as a break from her busy work schedule.