Chanelle Hayes: ‘I’ve dropped 3 dress sizes!’

She’s confessed to trying ‘every diet under the sun’, but since Chanelle Hayes changed her mindset towards food, she’s dropped from a size 18 to a size 12 – and is sticking to it

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by Rebecca Greenow |
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Her battles with her weight have been well- documented but, last week, Chanelle Hayes showcased her incredible body transformation.

Posing in a yellow swimsuit while on holiday in Tenerife, after dropping from a size 18 to a size 12-14 following a year of healthy eating and regular exercise, the mum-of-two looked happy and thriving as she strolled down the beach.

And opening up to Closer about her slimmer figure, the 31-year-old reality star insists she’s determined to put a decade of yo-yo dieting behind her, vowing to keep the weight off for good this time.

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Spencer Matthews, 2011

Spencer Matthews was known as a typical playboy when he first shot to fame on Made in Chelsea. He actually toldCloser Online lots of juicy behind the scenes secrets about the reality show.

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Spencer Matthews, 2019

Fast forward several years and he dropped a tonne of weight and it's reportedly down to his strict diet and ditching the booze.

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Stevi Ritchie, 2014

Stevi Ritchie shot to fame on The X Factor back in 2014 and after getting engaged to his wife Chloe Jasmine Whichello, they both went on Celebrity Big Brother.

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Stevi Ritchie, 2019

Stevi shocked fans when he revealed he lost a whopping 20kg - just over 3 stone - in just eight weeks. He also opened up about how emotional his transformation has been.

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Scarlett Moffatt, 2015

Gogglebox favourite Scarlett Moffatt was well-loved for her bubbly personality, but had issues with her weight.

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Scarlett Moffatt, 2016

A year later, Scarlett underwent a huge weight loss - dropping from a size 18 to an 8. Read all about it here.

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Kelly Brook, 2010

Model and presenter Kelly Brook has always had perfect hour glass curves, but she shrunk to a size 8 in 2010 when she became the face of Ultimo and appeared in American Playboy magazine.

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Kelly Brook, 2018

Approaching her 40s as a happy and healthy size 12, Kelly has spoken about how she's just not bothered about staying a size 8 anymore. But she recently shared how putting weight on her famous big boobs might be causing a bit of a health issue.

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Paddy McGuinness 2011

We've always had a soft spot for Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness. But recently...

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Paddy McGuinness, 2019

He has been hitting the gym HARD and boy do the results look good!.

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Tina Malone, 2014

Shameless star and Celebrity Big Brother big mouth Tina Malone was a size 26 when she left the BB house in 2014.

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Tina Malone, 2017

But what a difference a gastric band makes. Tina lost a whopping 12.5 stone after an operation to reduce the volume of her stomach.

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Gary Barlow, 1996

The Take That frontman shared this photo in February 2018 to remind himself how far he's come in his weight loss journey. Gary went up to around 16st after Take That split in 1996.

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Gary Barlow, 2017

These days, Gary eats healthily and takes part in yoga every week. He now weighs less than 12st.

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Josie Gibson, 2010

When Josie won Big Brother in 2010, she was a size 20 dress size and reportedly weighed 16st 17lb.

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Josie Gibson, 2012

Josie famously went through a huge weight loss transformation in 2012, dropping to a size 8 and reportedly weighing 10st 2lb.

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Mariah Carey, 2017

Mariah Carey stepped out in August 2017 with her boyfriend Brian Tanaka in New York.

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Mariah Carey, 2017

Just three months later in October, she looked dramatically different - and was reported to have undergone liposuction.

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Lisa Riley, 2012

Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley was known for her size 28 frame, but fans were pleasantly surprised by her sprightliness whilst on Strictly Come Dancing in 2012.

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Lisa Riley, 2018

Lisa went under a huge lifestyle overhaul, losing a whopping 12 stone and dropping from a size 28 to a 12 before having her excess skin removed in 2017.

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Dawn French, 2005

Everyone's favourite comedienne Dawn French previously weighed around 19st.

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Dawn French, 2018

But in 2016, Dawn lost an incredible seven and a half stone - here's how she did it.

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Katie Hopkins, 2014

Controversial Katie Hopkins was a regular runner who gained a whopping 3st 5lb in just three months and weighed 12st. But Katie has always said there are 'no excuses' for people being overweight - so what happened?!

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Katie Hopkins, 2015

It turned out Katie's rapid weight gain was for a documentary to prove how easy it is for her to lose weight - which she did in just a few months. But we can't help but think it was all a bit of a, errr, pointless exercise?

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Tom Kerridge, 2013

TV chef Tom Kerridge weighed a dangerous 30st which he says was due to a lifestyle of late night drinking and overeating.

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Tom Kerridge, 2016

After a complete lifestyle overhaul, Tom shredded a staggering 12st - which is basically the same weight as another grown adult. Impressive work, Tom!

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Brooke Vincent, 2017

Corrie actress Brooke Vincent was already a petite size 10 but she wanted to give up smoking and get fit for Dancing on Ice.

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Brooke Vincent, 2017

And she did it! Brooke lost a dress size and showed off her seriously toned tum on Instagram. She also managed to kick her smoking habit. Yay!

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Holly Willoughby, 2015

Morning TV star Holly Willoughby has always had enviable curves and was a size 12 up until recently.

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Holly Willoughby, 2017

She looked noticeably slimmer in 2017 when Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha commented on it accidentally on live TV. Holly's secret to staying in shape is said to be a healthy lifestyle of pilates, kickboxing and a high vegetable diet.

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Lauren Goodger, 2017

Former TOWIE star Lauren Goodger has always battled with her yo-yo weight.

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Lauren Goodger, 2018

Following a tough 21 day juice cleanse at a retreat earlier this year, Lauren lost 1.4st.

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Khloe Kardashian, 2012

khloe owns the kind of curves that can only belong to a Kardashian! She is the tallest sister in the fam at 5ft 9in and she reportedly weighed just over 11st in 2012.

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Khloe Kardashian, 2017

Fast forward five years and Khloe shredded 30 pounds through a strict exercise regime and diet. She has spoken about how her split from Lamar Odom triggered her decision to hit the gym.

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Jennifer Hudson, 2007

Singing sensation and The Voice judge Jennifer Hudson was a size 16 when she first came to our attention as the American Idol winner in 2007.

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Jennifer Hudson, 2018

As her career grew her body shrunk after joining Weight Watchers and taking control of her diet. Jennifer dropped five dress sizes and today is a size 6.

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Christina Aguilera, 2012

In 2012 Xtina's womanly curves weighed 10 stone 7lb on her 5ft 1 frame and she wore a size 16.

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Christina Aguilera, 2016

The pop megastar dropped two stones by 2016 thanks to cutting out bad foods and being very strict with booze. But we're glad to see she's still rocking those curves!

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Cheryl, 2015

Nation's sweetheart Cheryl Tweedy has always been super slim but she sparked concerns with her fragile frame during X Factor filming in 2015.

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Cheryl, 2018

Cheryl quickly lost the pregnancy weight after giving birth to baby Bear in 2017. She was looking slim but strong at the Brit Awards 2018.

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Melissa McCarthy, 2014

The hilarious Melissa McCarthy weighed just under 19st in 2014 after her brilliant performance in Bridesmaids.

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Melissa McCarthy, 2017

5ft 2 Melissa lost an amazing 75 pounds through a very strict diet and exercise regime. She looks happier (and even more amazing!) than ever.

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Rebel Wilson, 2010

Actress Rebel Wilson defied the typical Hollywood body when she starred in Bridesmaids with fellow actress Melinda McCarthey.

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Rebel Wilson, 2017

In 2016 Rebel looked great after losing eight pounds at a fitness retreat in Malibu. By 2017 she'd lost an incredible 33 pounds!

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Jonah Hill, 2007

Jonah Hill has always been the 'cuddly' character in films like Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and 21 Jump Street.

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Jonah Hill, 2018

What a difference a year makes! He said he lost the weight and toned up by cutting out beer, seeking a nutritionist and getting tips from 21 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum.

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Chris Pratt, 2010

Chris Pratt has always been a total cutie...

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Chris Pratt, 2018

But he transformed into an absolute hunk after losing 60 pounds and training for Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Holly Hagan, 2011

Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan admitted to having a poor diet of junk food and booze when she weighed 13 stone and wore a size 16 in 2011.

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Holly Hagan, 2018

Holly said she wasn't happy with her fluctuating weight and took a lifestyle overhaul to drop to a size 8. She also spent £6000 on a boob job.

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Sam Smith, 2015

The whole world fell in love with Sam Smith after releasing his debut album, but Sam has since said that he will always be self conscious of being in the public eye because he loves food so much.

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Sam Smith, 2017

Sam hired a nutritional therapist in 2015 and reportedly lost a stone in just two weeks. He then continued a healthy lifestyle by transforming his relationship with food - he's shredded 3.5 stone in total!

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Charlotte Crosby, 2013

The Geordie Shore star's weight has always fluctuated but she went from a size 10 to a size 16 a year after being crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother.

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Charlotte Crosby 2018

She dropped to a size 6 before releasing her workout DVD in 2015. Recently, she spoke about how her breakup with Stephen Bear helps her keep a 'revenge' body.

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Vicky Pattison, 2015

After seeing unflattering bikini photos of herself at the beach, Geordie Shore's Vicky took dramatic steps and shrunk from a size 16 to a size 6 in five months.

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Vicky Pattison, 2018

The I'm A Celeb jungle queen is now a healthy size 10 and lives a balanced lifestyle, working hard on her fitness regime to be happier and healthier than ever.

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Natalie Cassidy, 2005

Eastenders' Nat Cassidy grew up before our eyes and her weight was always changing. At one point, Natalie said she had size 6 - 16 clothes in her wardrobe. She even lost two stone in the three months after having her daughter.

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Natalie Cassidy, 2018

Now a mum of two, Natalie looks a happy and healthy size after giving birth to her second daughter.

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Frankie Essex, 2015

Frankie Essex is a another TOWIE star who has sometimes struggled to maintain a healthy weight.

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Frankie Essex, 2018

The Essex girl has recently used a personal trainer and bootcamp workouts to shred a stone in just a couple of months. We think she looks fab!

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Joe McElderry, 2013

X-Factor winner Joe McElderry won the nation's hearts with his cute smile and amazing voice in 2009.

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Joe McElderry, 2018

He has transformed into a total gym BUFF while preparing for a West End role. He told Loose Women: 'I never promote anything apart from being healthy and fit. That is my message, doesn't matter what shape or size you are'

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Ricky Wilson, 2005

Living the rock and roll lifestyle took its toll on Ricky Wilson's weight, skin and general health. I predict a diet...

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Ricky Wilson, 2016

And we were right! We had to take a double look when he turned up to judge The Voice looking noticeably slimmer and healthier in 2014!

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Tom Fletcher, 2005

Tom has spoken about how he had a problematic relationship with food and depression because he felt like 'the fat one' in McFly. (Even though he was DEFINITELY our fave!)

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Tom Fletcher, 2018

But Tom is healthier than ever and even posts work outs that he does with his son Buzz - possibly the cutest gym buddy ever?!

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Rob Kardashian, 2016

Rob gained over 100lb while struggling with diabetes, depression and anxiety.

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Rob Kardashian, 2018

But Rob's recent Instagram posts like this suggest that he's lost the weight. He also posted a throwback to when he was bigger, along with the caption: 'I don't look like this anymore ud83dude02 #thetransformationiscoming #staytuned #nosurgery #putinwork'

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Jazmine Franks, 2017

Hollyoaks actress Jazmine Franks has always had a petite frame.

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Jazmine Franks, 2018

But the star now looks seriously lean after dedicating herself to a new fitness routine and healthier lifestyle.

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Laura Barton, 2014

The Emmerdale actress confessed to being addicted to sugary drinks and drinking a whopping FOUR litres per day.

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Laura Barton, 2018

After exercise and cutting out sugary drinks, Laura lost three stone within three years.

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Emma Chawner, 2007

During Emma's first audition she told the judges she "couldn't do anymore" singing and after they told her she couldn't sing, her parents went on to confront them all. The dramz.

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Emma Chawner, 2019

Fast forward 12 years since her first audition and Emma revealed after swapping junk food for a healthy lifestyle she dropped 12 stone in just two years.

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She says, "I’ve done every diet under the sun but, this time, it hasn’t been about following an army regime where I’m starving myself to become skinny overnight. I wanted to have long-lasting results, so it’s been more about changing my mindset towards food and having a balanced way of living – even if that takes longer to initially shift the weight.

"I started being healthier in November last year, making better choices with my meals and exercising more regularly. I’ve managed to drop three dress sizes since then. I don’t weigh myself now because I’m working out, so I know I’m putting on muscle, which weighs more.

"I’m thrilled with the results. I’m healthy but I’m not missing out on enjoying parties, or stopping myself from having treats when I want to."

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Chanelle first found fame on Big Brother in 2007 as a Victoria Beckham-lookalike. Back then, she was just 19 and a size 6, but after giving birth in 2010 to her first son, Blakely, nine, with ex-Middlesborough footballer Matthew Bates, she went up to a size 20.

She then shed 4st in 2014 by following a strict diet, dropping to 8st and a size 8. But the diet wasn’t sustainable and, after giving birth to her son Frankie with ex-boyfriend and personal trainer Ryan Oates in June 2017, she went back up to a size 18, admitting she had a problem with overeating.

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At the time, she was warned by doctors she was "on the brink of Type 2 diabetes", and had to take painkillers as her excessive weight had left her with pain in her knees and back, and even suffered slipped disks.

When Ryan walked out on her just two months after Frankie, now two, was born, Chanelle vowed to get a revenge body, admitting the split had left her with "zero confidence, no self-respect" and feeling "disgusting". But she insists her main motivation has always been health and happiness.

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She says, "Before [when I’ve dieted], it was all about a mission to hit that target weight and restricting myself. It’s so gruelling that, once you reach your target, you just gorge.

"It’s like celebrity fitness DVDs – they’re snake oil. When have they ever worked? The celebs go on crash diets, go extreme, sell the DVD, then can’t maintain it – so the weight goes back on."

Now, the determined 5ft 4 star’s typical daily diet consists of a protein shake and banana for breakfast, tuna or chicken salad for lunch, fruit as snacks, and salmon or chicken with rice and veg for dinner.

She’s also been pushing herself to exercise five times a week and admits that, while she still wants to shed more pounds, she’s proud of what she has achieved.

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She says, "I want to lose more weight. I don’t have a goal size or weight in mind but I just want to make sure I’m healthy and my body fat is at a good level. But I feel so much happier with how far I’ve come already, and I’m more confident looking at myself in the mirror.

"I’ve got a lot more energy too, which is strange because I’m eating less – but I’m fuelling my body with the right things. I don’t ever want to make those unhealthy diet choices, or punish my body with crash diets again. I want to be healthy 80 per cent of the time, with leeway for having treats that don’t lead to full-on binges."

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Despite Chanelle and Ryan’s bitter break-up in 2017, the pair are now back on good terms.

She denies recent reports they have rekindled their romance, but says, "We are friends and we will always be friends. I’m not dating – I don’t have time. I’m just focusing on myself and on the kids."

Setting a good example to her children is another motivation for Chanelle’s health kick – especially as Blakely starts high school in 18 months.

“I’m glad he is a boy, as he’s not so concerned about weight. But if I had a girl, it would terrify me. Now girls worry about their weight from a young age, so it’s good to show them a healthy balance.”

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