How crash juice cleanses and hypno-gastric bands saw Towie stars shed drastic weight – before piling on the pounds again

GEMMA Collins has been wowing with her recent weight loss, but she's not the only Towie star who's seen their size fluctuate.

Some of Essex's glammest residents have struggled with their weight since appearing on the reality show, after admitting they gorged on Domino's pizza, crisps and chocolate during filming.

With that in mind, we ask who's biggest loser when it comes to Towie's waistlines – from Ferne McCann to Arg.

Gemma Collins

Gemma kickstarted her recent weight loss by appearing on Dancing on Ice in January 2019, with gruelling training sessions which saw her shed up to 1,500 calories per session.

After the show finished, the 39-year-old tried to maintain her weight loss with vegan diet – before using controversial Skinny Jab injections to suppress her appetite.

The £250 jabs helped her lose three stone last year, taking her from 18st to 15st, but she thinks she's still got a way to go.

Gemma told The Sun Online: "I'd be really happy if I lost six stone as that would bring me down to 12 stone and a size 16."

The GC has also taken up boxing and enlisted the help of fitness instructor Vicky Young, who put her on a low-carb, no sugar diet – with very limited booze.

Gemma's diet plan

Fitness instructor Vicky Young told <a href="https://www.new-magazine.co.uk/

Breakfast: pouched eggs, avocado and tomatoes on sourdough toast

Lunch: a big salad with kale, peppers and avocado with either chicken or tuna steak

Dinner: vegetarian curries or chicken and halloumi kebabs with peppers and tzatsiki salad

Gemma told us she "doesn't know why she's fat" because she never snacks and often skips breakfast – fasting until 2pm.

She also plans to get her boobs reduced, from 38GG to a C or D-up, as breasts can "make you look bigger".

Gemma's desire to lose weight didn't start with DoI – in 2015 she lost three stone by doing a punishing liquid-only diet.

In the past, she's also been hypnotised into believing she had a gastric band in a bid to slim down.

Ferne McCann

Ferne McCann may have had her first baby in November 2017, but she's now in the best shape of her life.

The 29-year-old, who's mum to two-year-old daughter Sunday, wowed with her post-baby weight loss, which she achieved by working out three times-a-week.

She was trained by Jacqueline Jossa's husband Dan Osborne, who also appeared in Towie from 2013-2015.

Ferne sped things along by taking Herbalife meal replacement shakes and snack bars, starting the diet just two weeks after giving birth.


Ferne's diet plan

Ferne revealed her diet on the Herbalife website…

Breakfast: Herbalife nutrition shake

Lunch: Salad, soup, wrap or another shake

Snack: Something "high in protein and low in calories"

Dinner: Something under 700 calories

Writing on Herbalife's website, she revealed: "After 2 months of consistently taking the products I had lost all of my baby weight & even looked better than before I was pregnant".

She added: "I workout 2-3 times a week, nothing crazy, an hour in the gym, mostly weight training."

Ferne also cut down on junk food and booze, but she still believes in the odd slice of pizza, and says breastfeeding helps shed stubborn pounds.

She's not revealed exactly how much she's lost, but the pics speak for themselves.

Lauren Goodger

When Towie started in 2010, Mark Wright's long-suffering girlfriend Lauren was one of the curvier girls.

But the 33-year-old only became concerned about her weight when she was papped in a coral bikini in Egypt in 2015, looking bigger than in her TV days.

Then a size 18 and weighing 13st, Lauren said she was "too upset and embarrassed" to even look at the pictures.

Lauren later told TV Extra: "Those pictures made me realise how fat I'd got and that I really had to do something about my weight or I'd be fat for life."

Lauren trimmed down to 9st in six months and released her OMG! weight loss DVD – but started piling back on the pounds as it hit the shelves.

Trainer David Souter told The Sun she "felt like a prisoner" to her unsustainable diet, which consisted of eating chicken, rice and brocolli every day.

He said: "Once she disappeared to Paris for two days and managed to put on about 10lbs."

In 2017, Lauren revealed she was dieting again, admitting she was "starving herself" by living off tins of tuna and banning carbs.

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Thank you @juicemasterretreats for having me for the last 3 weeks. It was a tough challenge but how rewarding🏆 you really see how strong you are mentally and physically! A lot of criticism about juicing but it does a lot more than weightloss! I feel detoxed cleansed within like I couldn’t be healthier I haven’t eaten meat for 22 days but I will of course go back to normality but with a few changes added to my diet!! my anxiety and tiredness is non existent! This really does show you what your body needs and I feel alive! Not single spot on my face I haven’t worn makeup just Natural Portugal tan! You can take it or leave it but my advise is Watch @jasonvale documentary on YouTube and reaching out to anyone with any illnesses this could be your answer 💕#soon🏡

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She slimmed down only to gain the weight again, and jetted off to Portugal for a 21-day juice cleanse in March 2018, living off liquids followed by a small salad or soup for dinner.

But it seems Lauren, now a size 10, has finally found a healthy balance, ditching the crash diets for a regular exercise regime.

Speaking to OK! in May, she said she had realised "it’s possible to have a normal life like me, going out drinking and having fun, while still keeping in shape".

Amy Childs


Towie veteran Amy started a trend for red hair (and lip fillers) when she blasted onto the show in 2010.

The 29-year-old mum is naturally slim, but saw her weight creep up after having her daughter Polly in April 2017.

She gave birth again in September 2018, to son Ritchie, and said she was in no rush to lose her baby weight.

But less than a year later, in August, Amy unveiled her slim figure after losing a stone – and two dress sizes – in just five weeks.

She told The Sun Online she had done so by working out four times-a-week and following the Academy Plan diet.


Amy's diet plan

Amy follows the Academy Plan diet…

Breakfast: Banana pancakes – two bananas mashed up with two eggs

Dinner: Chicken fajitas, nachos or chicken pie with loads of veg (all under 200 cals)

Amy said: "When I had the baby I was bordering size 14 – and now I'm a size 10. I still want to lose half a stone – but there is no rush.

"I'm not like the other celeb mums that rush to lose weight – enjoy your babies I say."

Danielle Armstrong


Danielle Armstrong jumped from a size 8 to a size 12 during her time on Towie, gaining two stone between 2013 and 2016.

"When I started the show I was a size eight and when I left I was a 12," the 31-year-old told new! magazine.

"(On Towie)  you can't start the day with a well-balanced diet and you just pick at food all day.

"The runners would bring us snack boxes and Bobby and I would turn up for filming and eat packets of crisps and Maltesers. I put on two stone!"

Determined to get back to her best, Danielle started a diet plan in 2017 and shed a stone and a half (21lb) in just three months.

Danielle then went onto gain 7lb in lean muscle and showed off her amazing transformation by stripping for The Real Full Monty in May last year.

To get in shape, she worked out two to three times-a-week, doing cardio on the treadmill before some toning with squats and resistance bands.

She told Fabulous: "I’ll do an hour, a bit of cardio – a bit of weight training and the band and I also try to do 50 squats every night before I go to bed!"

Like Ferne, Danielle credits Herbalife for her weight loss, but she still loves a takeaway and a glass of wine on the weekend.

Frankie Essex


Frankie Essex's battle with her weight began at the age of 13, when she and brother Joey lost their mum to suicide.

Admitting cooking wasn't their dad's "strong point", the 32-year-old told Heat she "lived off microwave meals and started piling on the pounds."

Frankie went on her first crash diet when she hit 12.5st at 18, but was left with saggy skin around her tummy.

Like Danielle, Frankie gained weight while filming Towie between 2011 and 2013 – admitting the cast gorged on fast food and drank booze in the morning while filming for the show.

“I’d had enough in the end,” she said. “We lived off Domino’s Pizza and we’d be eating and drinking at all the wrong times.

“I’d be drinking glasses of wine and filming nightclub scenes at 10am.”

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After leaving the reality show, Frankie shed two stone in eight weeks by combining Forza supplements with healthy eating and lots of exercise – and showed off her weight loss in October 2014.

But she gained the weight back, before shedding three stone in seven months for the launch of her first fitness DVD in November 2016.

But a knee injury in 2018 hampered her workout regime and Frankie was back up to a size 14 by January last year.

Speaking to Closer, a source said: "Frankie's told friends she isn’t feeling great about herself but she doesn’t want to beat herself up.

"She says she's determined to get back to a size 8, which is when she feels her most confident and healthy."

By December, she had shed a stone and was back to a size 8-10, after only having two alcoholic drinks all year.

But she told Closer: "l'll never be a slim girl, and I don't want to be skinny, I've got a bum! Accepting my curves has been good for me."

James 'Arg' Argent

James Argent was a healthy weight when he first appeared on Towie in 2010, during his relationship with Lydia Bright.

But his size soon started to creep up thanks to too many nights partying and enjoying his newfound fame.

In April 2012, the 32-year-old star defied his doubters to complete the London marathon, in a time of just over six hours. But he was still overweight.

When Arg was suspended from Towie in 2015, he checked into rehab and lost an impressive 5st.

By following a strict diet, exercising five days-a-week and cutting out booze, he managed to maintain his new figure for a while, before going back to his old ways in 2016.

At the time, he said he was "gutted" he'd lost his way and enrolled in a 10-week bootcamp – which took him from 19st 1lb to 16st, as well as losing eight inches from his waist.

James went back to rehab, this time in Thailand, in 2017 – and lost another stone by doing Muay Thai boxing, jungle trekking, abseiling and zip-lining.

But his weight has continued to fluctuate. Speaking in February last year, Arg told us he was "desperate" to lose weight after hitting his biggest at 22st.

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In May, This Morning's Dr Ranj said he had a BMI of 44 and told him to lose 10 stone, as well as shedding 17 inches around the waist.

The reality star enrolled in Channel 4's Sink or Swim and shed three stone, with the help of exercise and diet advice from Professor Greg Whyte – who helped Davina and David Walliams prepare for their Sports Relief challenges.

He told us: "He's put me on a special meal prep plan. All my meals are planned for me, made up and then sent to me.

"I don't even have to think about it, I just have to eat what they send me."

We previously revealed the Celebs Go Dating stars' amazing transformations including Amy Childs' serious makeunder.

 

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