25/06/2012 16:41

Josie Gibson talks about her weight loss

"I've lost 1 1/2st - I want to look hot on the beach!"

Josie Gibson (© Closer magazine)

Josie Gibson's well-publicised battle with her weight has seen her hit the headlines. When unflattering photos of the Big Brother winner wearing a bright pink bikini in Ibiza emerged in May, she admits it knocked her confidence.

Speaking to this week's Closer magazine, Josie, 27, explains: "I'd gone out there to look at houses as I was thinking of investing in some property. The last thing I expected was to get photographed and, as far as I'm concerned, I look like a total beast. I was in denial about how big I'd got, but those pictures really brought it home. I couldn't believe it when I weighed myself and realised I was 14st and a size 16."

"I've always been a yo-yo dieter, but when I saw those photos I was really horrified. I knew I had to tackle my weight again."

Josie - who got engaged to boyfriend of 11 months, plumber Luke Sanwo, 24, in February - adds: "I asked Luke if I looked like that in real life and he wouldn't meet my eyes. I thought, 'Why didn't anyone tell me?!' I was really gutted because I'd undone the weight loss I'd achieved last year."

Since going into the BB house in 2010, Josie has fluctuated between a size 12 and an 18, with her weight yo-yoing between 12st 3lbs and 16st. After a stint in boot camp last July, she was back to a size 12-14, but in February this year, she broke her ankle and, unable to exercise, gained around 2st before her trip to Ibiza in May.

Josie recalls: "When I broke my ankle, I was doing up a house I'd bought in Bristol and didn't have a kitchen to cook in, so I ended up living on takeaway pizzas, burgers, kebabs and KFC."

After seeing the recent bikini pics, Josie decided to overhaul her diet and started exercising three times a week

Josie Gibson (© Rex Features)

with a trainer. She says: "I've cut out dairy products and I eat much more healthily now. No junk, just loads of fish, avocado and salad - I know what I'm supposed to eat, but it's not always easy. I stick to 1,400 calories a day and my golden rule is to always have breakfast. That's where I've gone wrong in the past - I'd starve myself until late morning, then fill up on loads of junk food. I was also boozing too much and not watching my portion sizes."

Now down to a size 14 and 13st, Josie is feeling more confident about her body, but says she still wants to lose 2st to reach 10st and her size 10 goal.
She says: "I have a picture in my head of how I'm going to look when I'm slimmer. I'm planning a trip abroad in August and I want to look hot on the beach. The aim is to be a size 10 by next summer and hit the music festivals in cowboy boots and hot pants with a fringed bra top. I have the outfit, I just need to lose the weight! I'm well aware my body's not perfect and I don't like my droopy small boobs. But being healthy is what's most important."

Josie says she has always struggled with her weight and isn't interested in being a "poster girl" for bigger women. She recalls: "At school, I started hoovering up seconds every lunchtime, but it really hurt that boys never fancied me because I was big. These days, I come across as confident as I can talk to anyone, but I don't always have that much self-belief."

Closer magazine (© Closer magazine)

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26/06/2012 14:44
Why has everyone got to attain a size 10 figure?  I think this is where a lot of celebs and us mere mortals go wrong.  It isn't so easy to maintain and it just takes the joy out of living if you are forever calorie counting.  Surely it is better to be a lovely curvy and still slim size 14 than to be a yo-yo dieter forever.  Just saying....
26/06/2012 18:14
Pretty bad that I had to read the entire article to find out who this person is and why she's apparently "famous".
01/07/2012 20:24
Why bother to show women a photograph of the 'new' Josie Gibson when the 'new' image of her is heavily photoshopped. A shoddy liquifying job shows her arms, stomach, hips and legs have been pushed into a more slender curve line than she really is in reality. Im happy that she's lost weight and is more healthy and confident but retouching an image in this way in this context is giving women a false idea of what weight loss means for your body. I would like to see a picture of her happy and slender as. she. is. 
27/06/2012 02:26

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Give the guy a break, he has more than served is punishment and more. He's clearly drug free now and the fastest runner that the uk have. Popstars  who take drugs are not punished for their life style, they aren't banned from making any more music. Dodgy Politicians like Paddy Ashdown are always getting kicked out from being a member of parliament but the following yr they are placed in some other responsible role. They can't be one set of rules for one type and not the other.  The truth is Chambers has got great potential and a real positive role model for all our kids. The truth is the kids that witnessed his demise 8 or so yrs ago are now adults. The kids of today don't even know who Dwain Chambers is let alone what he done 8 or so yrs ago. Every one is aloud to make one mistake without others hounding to serve you a life sentence.

26/06/2012 17:39
Ugly fat, ugly skinny. As a person !
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