CHANELLE Hayes showed off her shocking cuts and bruises after being pumped with gas during her weight-loss surgery.
The 33-year-old managed to shed seven stone thanks to surgery and cutting out junk food.
In a Q&A about her surgery with fans, Chanelle shared a photo of her stomach covered in cuts and surrounded with bruises.
The fan asked: "Was your surgery a really painful experience and what was the pain like afterwards?"
She replied: "The only painful bit was the gas they pump into you but that would be the same for any form of laparoscopic surgery.
"Actually… I had a hiatal hernia repair because they found a huge one when operating so wallowing hurt a little, again though that wasn't the actual weight loss surgery just the other stuff he fixed at the same time."
Then alongside some particularly nasty bruises, she wrote: "Injecting myself wasn't nice though for the following few weeks."
Earlier this week, Chanelle showed off a side-by-side on Instagram to reveal how well her lifestyle change had worked.
The Big Brother favourite posed in a sports bra and pants for both pics where she has her arms raised in front of her.
In both shots she stands smiling with her brunette hair tied in a high bun.
Chanelle, who now weighs just over 10 stone took the opportunity to tell her fans, the tops things she's learned from having weight loss surgery.
"It does not change my relationship with food," she wrote on the Instagram caption.
"Bariatric surgery is only a tool, if I don’t use it consistently and correctly it will fail. Addressing abnormal relationships with food is so important if I want to become healthier physically and mentally."
She also addressed that "not everyone will understand my choice and that’s ok".
"Believe me, it is not easy (wish it was!) and it was not an option I took lightly. But it has been the best decision I’ve made in terms of my health," Chanelle.
She also added that "exercise is different now" and that "I’ve always enjoyed working out".
"I actually feel proud to exercise and improve my body after all the junk I’ve been feeding it all these years. It’s my way of saying 'hey body, I’m sorry for abusing you…here’s an olive branch' (or a dumbbell)," expressed the mum-of-two.
"Weight looks different on everybody. I am trying to stop focussing on other people’s weights because my only competitor is myself.
"Ten people could weigh exactly the same but have completely different body compositions. Selfishly (but thankfully) I now only care about myself and mine."
Finally Chanelle wrote how she'd "grown as a person".
"I realise people may plaster on a smile – at any size – but not be ok beneath the surface. Going through this experience has really given me a better understanding of private struggles and how easy it is to hide them," she said before revealing her 'woman crush Wednesday' was herself.
"I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that before."
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