Body pos­i­tive Vicky hits back

Posts video af­ter cruel jibes over bikini shots

Sunday Sun - - News - KALI LIND­SAY Re­porter kali.lind­[email protected]­

SHE has been en­joy­ing a sun­shine hol­i­day in Mex­ico for her sis­ter’s wed­ding.

But Vicky Pat­ti­son had to take to In­sta­gram to post a de­fi­ant video af­ter be­ing the sub­ject of cruel jibes about her ap­pear­ance, fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of pa­parazzi shots from her hol­i­day.

The Ge­ordie Shore star posted footage of her­self in a bikini, be­fore open­ing up about her own body in­se­cu­ri­ties.

The 31-year-old re­al­ity star hasn’t al­ways been so com­fort­able in her skin.

So what’s her slim­ming se­cret, and how did the re­al­ity star grow to love her body?

Vicky, of Wallsend, first started strug­gling with her weight work­ing on MTV’S Ge­ordie Shore, where she claims that ex­ces­sive drink­ing and binge eat­ing had her pil­ing on the pounds.

At its high­est, Vicky’s dress size hit a size 16 – and it was bikini pic­tures of her­self at this weight that even­tu­ally trig­gered her weight loss jour­ney.

Dis­cussing her body at its largest, she said: “[I was] un­fit, un­healthy and most im­por­tantly – re­gard­less of my grin – I was un­happy”.

De­ter­mined to trim down, Vicky then set out on a rig­or­ous weight-loss regime, strictly lim­it­ing her diet and ex­er­cis­ing re­li­giously in or­der to ob­tain a size six fig­ure.

The Queen Of The Jun­gle re­leased her hugely suc­cess­ful ‘7 Day Slim’ DVD, and lost four stone in just three months – but she claims that los­ing so much weight and work­ing to keep it off also neg­a­tively im­pacted her men­tal health.

In or­der to keep off the pounds, Vicky ditched sug­ary drinks, pack­aged foods, ke­babs and take­aways, and in­stead lived on a high­pro­tein diet, also com­mit­ting to early morn­ing high-in­ten­sity gym ses­sions. How­ever, she told that count­ing calo­ries daily meant she couldn’t en­joy her life, and added that she was sick of wor­ry­ing about the “con­tent of a blue­berry”. She re­flected: “I was a size six with no boobs and pretty much no life. “I be­came ob­sessed, too fo­cused and this in turn was also detri­men­tal to my health.” Vicky ex­plained that it was only when she learnt to bal­ance her healthy life­style that she be­gan to be happy in her skin. Speak­ing on TV show Lor­raine last year, she said: “If I am ex­er­cis­ing, if I’m eat­ing right, I am go­ing to be do­ing it for hours a day, drink­ing kale smooth­ies and giv­ing birth to av­o­ca­dos. “That’s the type of per­son I am,” she said. “Also, if I’m on a night out, I’m on a night out – I’m quite ex­treme. I’ve now come out the other side of that. “As well as the fact that I’ve grown up, all of these things have led me to just be­ing a lit­tle bit more mea­sured, a lit­tle bit more sen­si­ble and find­ing the healthy weight, my happy weight.” It’s this mind­set that has helped Vicky achieve the in­cred­i­ble body she has to­day. The TV favourite still loves ex­er­cise and of­ten shares self­ies from the gym and from fit­ness boot­camps, us­ing three-day juice cleanses to give her body an ex­tra de­tox be­fore big events. She also tries not to over-in­dulge, de­spite let­ting her­self have a cake or burger when she wants one. Dis­cussing her cur­rent weight, she told fans re­cently: “I’m not per­fect, but I don’t even know what per­fect would look like.”

■ Vicky‘s weight has fluc­tu­ated

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