Chanelle Hayes said her weight loss surgery saved her life as she shared pictures of her incredible transformation on Instagram on Saturday.
The former Big Brother star, 35, who appeared on series eight of the reality show in 2007, has been very open about her battle with her weight.
Chanelle went under the knife for a gastric sleeve operation in 2020, which saw her drop from a size 18 to a size 10 and lose 9 stone.
After tipping the scales at 17 stone, the star revealed the operation was a ‘last resort’ after a lifelong battle with her weight.
This weekend she took to social media to share some before and after photos of her weight loss, adding that her operation had ‘changed her life’ and she had ‘no regrets’.
New woman: Chanelle Hayes, 35, said her weight loss surgery saved her life as she shared pictures of her incredible transformation on Instagram on Saturday
Struggles: The former Big Brother star, who appeared on series eight of the reality show in 2007, has been very open about her battle with her weight
She wrote on Instagram: ‘I get so many DMs about my weight loss surgery. Was I nervous? Yes! But I did plenty of research beforehand. Do I regret it? Not one bit, it’s changed my life when I was unable to do so on my own.
‘Is it easy? No, there’s still lots of work to put in, it’s not a quick fix and it changes the way you eat/digest forever.
‘Is it for everybody? No. Nothing is for everybody really. If you’re seriously considering bariatric surgery, do your research. Exhaust other options. Speak to a professional who is able to give you medical advice.
‘Did it change my life? Yes it did and I am forever grateful…in some ways it didn’t only change my life but it saved it. It allowed me to live again. My WLS allowed me to experience things with my loved ones that I wouldn’t feel able to do before. It improved my mood, my health, my quality of life.
‘Ps – always seek medical advice from a bariatric professional. This is purely my experience as a patient.’
Chanelle had recently told OK! magazine that as a result of the further weight loss she now has loose skin which she finds ‘ageing.’
In an interview with the magazine in January, Chanelle said: ‘I’ve got more loose skin, so while I still feel a million times better than I did when I was unhealthy, I’m now thinking, ‘Maybe I want to do something about this,’ so I’m considering a tummy tuck.’
She also revealed at the time that she was unhappy with her breasts and was planning on having her implants removed and booking in for a boob lift.
She explained her weight loss caused her breasts to be disfigured, leaving her looking like she had ‘four boobs’.
New lease of life: Chanelle insisted her weight loss surgery totally changed her life as she wrote about the procedure on Instagram
Transformation: She previously went under the knife for a gastric operation in 2020, which saw her drop from a size 18 to a size 10 and lose 9 stone
Weight battle: After tipping the scales at 17 stone, the star revealed the operation was a ‘last resort’ after a lifelong battle with her weight
New look: This weekend she took to social media to share some before and after photos of her weight loss
‘I’d have my implants removed or perhaps switched to smaller ones. The surgeon would have to remove all the loose skin and put it back up where it meets in the middle. My nipples are doing more hanging out with my knees at the moment than my chest, so it’ll be nice to be reunited with them!’
It is unknown whether the star has undergone the boob lift, however the star looked amazing as she proudly showed off the scar from her tummy tuck.
Chanelle has openly discussed her weight loss and battle with binge eating disorder, stating that her gastric sleeve operation in August 2020 was ‘the best thing ever’ as she dropped from 17st4lb to 9st5lb.
Posting on Instagram in June the star confessed that she still struggles with her mindset to food and had had a bad day and was left ‘feeling disgusted’ with herself and that she was snacking while typing the post, despite already feeling ‘full.’
Raising awareness with her fans, Chanelle posted a before and after picture of herself before writing ‘Trigger Warning!!!!!!’ and diving into her post.
Delighted: Chanelle insisted her operation had ‘changed her life’ and added that she had ‘no regrets’
She wrote: ‘Had a bad day today with my eating. I know many of you follow me because of my weight loss journey and disordered eating so I don’t want to hide that I’ve had a mare of a day when it comes to moderation. I’ve binged all day long on everything you can think of.’
She continued: ‘Right now I’m feeling disgusted at myself, guilty, out of control, poorly, uncomfortable and angry.
‘But I need to remember this is normal. I can’t just “cure” binge eating disorder with weight loss surgery.’
Learning to cope with her battles, the star went on to describe how she was going to practice some of the CBT exercises she had been taught to regain control of her actions and remind herself that tomorrow is a new day and there is no need to restrict food.