How Chanelle Hayes walked off 3 dress sizes

Having notoriously struggled with her weight, Chanelle Hayes is looking healthier and happier than ever after overhauling her lifestyle in the past few months

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by Lily Smith |
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She’s battled her weight demons over the years, yo-yoing between a size 6 and size 20 throughout her life.

And after admitting she was unhappy with her size 16 figure last year, Chanelle Hayes embarked on a new health and fitness regime – and her efforts have clearly paid off!

The former Big Brother star, 33, was pictured in her gym gear on a dog walk last week, looking happy, healthy and notably slimmer, and fans rushed to congratulate the mum-of-two on her new figure. One wrote, “Wow – good on her!” while another posted, “She looks healthy. Well done her”.

At the end of 2019, 5ft 2 Chanelle – who is dating accountant Dan Bingham – told Closer how, at size 16, she didn’t feel happy or confident in her own skin and wanted 2020 to be the year of “feeling good about [herself] again”.

And it seems the mum has done just that – and Closer’s nutritionist Juliette Kellow says she believes the star has slimmed down to a size 10-12.

Juliette says, “Wow, Chanelle looks great and has lost a lot of weight, she’s looking about a size 10 to 12 now. The secret to her maintaining her weight loss will be to make sustainable changes to her diet long-term, which she can stick to. The issue with diets is that you only make the changes in a certain time frame and, when you finish the diet, you revert back to old eating habits.”

Chanelle’s weight has yo-yoed to extremes during her time in the public eye. She found fame in Big Brother in 2007 as a size 6, but her weight crept up over the years and she was a size 16 after giving birth to first son Blakely, ten, with her ex Matthew Bates.

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Chanelle out and about in 2017 ©Getty Images

She dropped four dress sizes in 2014, going from a size 16 to a size 8 – but later revealed that her efforts were unhealthy. Her extreme diet, where she even admitted she “starved” herself, had left her with hair loss and she subsequently had a hair transplant in 2019.

Despite her best efforts, Chanelle’s weight continued to fluctuate – and she went up to a size 18 in 2018 after she had second son Frankie, now three, whom she shares with ex-boyfriend Ryan Oates.

But later that year doctors warned her that her extreme weight gain could result in joint problems or diabetes later down the line. It kick-started the star to take action, and in 2019, she vowed to make 2020 her “year of health” to take control of her weight once and for all.

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She said, “My weight has always gone up and down, but I want long-lasting results, not just a quick-fix.”

After struggling with being stuck at home in the first lockdown last March, Chanelle admitted her weight-loss drive had faltered – posting a picture of indulgent treats like cookies that she’d baked with her kids, writing on Instagram, “Lockdown food – I’m just gaining weight by the second!”

But in the latter part of the year, Chanelle embarked on a new regime – focusing on low-impact exercise like walking and gentle running and shared pictures on Instagram stories of her healthier meals, including salads and protein-rich eggs.

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Chanelle has regularly used walking to aid her weight loss. In 2017, she said she was going to try to regain her size 10 figure after giving birth by “going out walking with Frankie in the pram.” And in 2020 she trained for a 100km charity walk, which was sadly cancelled.

But her efforts soon paid off – in December, she gave fans a glimpse into her weight-loss journey in December, when she shared a picture of herself looking trim alongside her sons.

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Last month, she posted a snap of herself celebrating Valentine’s Day with Dan – where, with chips, pudding and wine, she showed that she still allows herself treats. Supportive fans reached out online, writing, “Look at you! You look fantastic!” and “Keep going – you look so much happier and healthier.”

Juliette reckons we can all take a leaf from Chanelle’s book. She says, “Jogging or a brisk walk is great exercise, but it’s important to choose exercise that is achievable for your lifestyle. With the spring evenings coming it hopefully will be easier for us to get outside more in the evenings and, as social-distancing rules change, we can team up with workout buddies to keep motivated.”

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