Chanelle Hayes has shared an incredible before and after photo showing her eight stone weight loss in the wake of her stomach surgery in August 2020.
The former Big Brother star, 33, took to Instagram on Tuesday slipping into a thigh-length green dress for her latest photo, which she posted next to an older photo of herself taken before she lost weight.
Chanelle – who rose to 17 stone before going under the knife – also shared a long inspiring post, telling her 116,000 social media followers: “It’s not easy to find the courage to change unhealthy behaviors when it’s your way to to comfort yourself. ‘
Wow: Chanelle Hayes, 33, shared an incredible before and after photo showing her eight stone weight loss in the wake of her 2020 stomach surgery
The brunette bombshell was also about her battle with food addiction, sharing an uplifting quote from author Madalyn Beck that read, “Start over, my dear. Be brave enough to find the life you want and brave enough to pursue it.
“Then start over and love yourself the way you’ve always been meant to.”
Loving mom Chanelle’s own caption read in full: ‘I know some people see #bariatricurgery as cheating…
“I want to share my experience here because #foodaddiction is real and whether people choose bariatry or not, the way this addiction is viewed by society as a whole is like it’s ‘just an excuse to be greedy’.
The star wrote in part: ‘It’s not easy to find the courage to change unhealthy behaviors when it’s your way of comforting yourself’
‘It’s not. It’s hard to love yourself when you’re disgusted with yourself. It’s not easy to find the courage to change unhealthy behaviors when it’s your way of comforting yourself. I chose blue for these photos to make it clear that even if you change your life, there are still blue days and while physical health can be improved, working on our #mentalhealth is a constant struggle.”
She concluded: ‘Let’s not belittle some people’s addictions because they don’t fit with what an addiction should look like in the minds of others. Everyone’s struggle is valid.’
It comes after Chanelle recently shared how for years she “hate hated herself for being too big” but is now “the most satisfied” she’s ever felt.
Chanelle posed under a sign that read “hot stuff” and encouraged fans to embrace their bodies, while crediting a change in attitude for helping her realize she’s “good enough.”
Inspiration: It comes after Chanelle recently shared how for years she “hated herself for being too big” but is now “the most satisfied” she’s ever felt
Chanelle explained how a change in mindset helped her practice self-love and see herself differently. Chanelle revealed: “I’ve realized in recent years that I am what I tell myself I am. Growing up, I thought of myself as “ugly”, “the funny fat friend”, “not worthy”, “disgusting”.
“But even when I was a size 6, weighing less than 7 stone, I still didn’t feel good enough and I was constantly comparing myself to others who were just a little bit prettier or thinner, smarter or more popular.”
She continued: “I don’t confess that I am magically ‘fixed’ and that I keep the secrets of learning to be happy all the time. But since August 1, 2020, I’ve been telling myself every day that I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, I’m pretty enough, I’m HOT STUFF. I don’t care if anyone agrees, I only compete with myself and achieve only for myself.’
Weight loss: Chanelle previously said that while she knows the procedure isn’t for everyone, it’s been ‘the best thing ever’ (Picture: Chanelle before and after her weight loss)
Chanelle admits she may still struggle with self-acceptance, adding: “I’m not happy every day, I have bad moods and negative days, but I’m the most satisfied with myself I’ve ever been in my life.
“I hate posts like this where people are preached to and I’m not bragging, I’m just so thankful that I feel like I have my life back.”
Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Chanelle has become known for her body positivity posts and recently saw her followers embracing their bikini bodies, revealing her “saggy skin” as she posed in her swimsuits.
“After years of hating my body for being too big, it’s now so small that my skin looks flabby and baggy.
Content: Chanelle revealed she is now the ‘most satisfied she’s ever been’ with her body
“I have four breasts because my implants are in one place and my skin and breast tissue are in another,” Chanelle explains alongside her bikini photos.
“I have stretch marks on just about every part of my body, cellulite is my constant companion no matter how big or small I am at any given time.
“I didn’t like the look of my body then and I don’t like the look of my body now, but I love taking care of my body and the confidence that comes with being healthy.
‘I’m never going to look like people’s airbrushed images online, but does that mean I don’t have a bikini body? New. So I wanted to share with you my tips on how to get a ”bikini body”: 1. Get a body. 2. Put on a bikini.
Weight loss: The reality star chose to have the procedure last August and dropped from size 18 to size 8-10 (pictured on This Morning in 2017)
Procedure: The procedure drastically reduces the stomach’s capacity to promote significant long-term weight loss (Pictured: Chanelle before, left and after, right, her surgery)
‘Voila! You have a bikini body yourself. Without questioning too much, I just wanted to mix up your Instagram feeds of the perfect online edited photos you’ll be viewing with a saggy pair of boobs and a baggy tummy taken in my yard while being splashed by my son and avoid stepping on dog treats. We’re here in ladies together.’
Chanelle decided to have stomach surgery in August of last year and has since gone down from size 18 to size 8-10.
The procedure drastically reduces the stomach’s capacity to promote significant long-term weight loss.
Reality star Chanelle says getting the surgery was “the best thing ever” because it not only helped her lose about eight stones, but it also allowed her to spend time with her kids in a way that she couldn’t before, like trampolining with them.
Chanelle is mother to son Blakely, 11, and son Frankie, three.
Body Positive: Since embarking on her weight loss journey, Chanelle has become known for her body positive posts that encourage fans to embrace the way they look