Lauren Goodger’s weight loss journey – from yo-yo dieter to fitness influencer

Lauren Goodger's weight loss journey has certainly captivated fans' attention in recent years.

At her biggest, The Only Way Is Essex star was a size 18, but she's now slimmed down to a gym honed size 10.

Famed for promoting yo-yo diets and food supplements like 'Skinny Coffee' on social media, there has been much debate over whether Lauren's weight loss claims are safe or honest.

Fans can't deny her incredible transformation over the years, but the real question is how did she achieve it?

Lauren first started struggling with her weight back when she was on TOWIE.

In 2012, the reality star recalled how her ex boyfriend Mark Wright once "urged her to tone up" for the sake of their careers – something he's since vehemently denied.

She told heat magazine : "He tells me that we'll be a bigger couple because people like to see good-looking slim people".

And while she defiantly laughed off his suggestion of toning up at the time, in the years that followed she became synonymous with weight loss supplements and fad dieting.

It was in 2015 when single Lauren was holidaying on the beach in Egypt that reality really hit her.

The star was papped at her largest in a coral pink bikini, and claims that she was "too upset and embarrassed" to even look at the pictures as they were plastered across every magazine in the country.

Lauren was receiving constant abuse from trolls online at the time, with one even branding her a "beached whale".

Speaking in her New! magazine column, Lauren said that, at 13st, she was the heaviest she'd ever been.

"I've been living in tracksuit bottoms and stretchy leggings. In my mind I’m still a size 12, but I’m obviously not!," she wrote.

Looking back on the snaps, Lauren 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."

Armed with a newfound motivation, it was only six months later that Lauren lived up to her word and trimmed down to 9st with the help of a stay at home Plyo-dynamics regime.

Naturally, like any reality star, she released a fitness DVD to cash in on her shrinking figure.

However, as fans flocked to buy it, her weight begun to waver again.

Looking back on where it all went wrong, Lauren's former trainer David Souter told The Sun that despite Lauren's workouts looking sustainable, big bosses actually kept her on a tight leash.

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

"I felt quite sorry for her when I met her. She’d been forcing herself to eat the same thing every day — chicken, broccoli and rice.

"That diet must’ve made her feel like she was in prison."

It was as DVD sales begun to dwindle that Lauren started looking for quick fixes.

In 2017, she was slammed for telling fans she was on a mission to "be tiny again" revealing she was "starving" herself and living off tins of tuna and no carbs.

Of course, the pounds fell off as a result of her crash diet, but in 2018, she was once again pushing herself to extremes, jetting to Portugal for a 21 day juice cleanse, where she ate virtually nothing except for a small salad or soup for dinner.

Despite Lauren's love of quick fix dieting, Lauren has insisted that maintaining her toned figure is down to good old fashioned hard work.

The former TOWIE babe has clearly made exercise a key part of her life, regularly sharing workout videos on her social media page, from stints on the running machine to weight training and ab exercises in the gym with pal Danielle Armstrong.

Plus, she recently launched her own fitness page too, in a bid to help followers who have been inspired by her story.

Speaking to the OK! online last month, the reality star claimed that she had finally found the perfect balance.

She claimed she'd finally realised: It’s possible to have a normal life like me, going out drinking and having fun, while still keeping in shape".

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