Claire Richards poses naked to show weight gain as she goes from size 10 to 16
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Now the ex-Steps singer has admitted to going up three dress sizes in the space of three months and now takes a dress size 16.
Claire, who is 5ft 7 tall, reached a weight of 10 stone 4lbs in March through a combination of dieting, running and kickboxing.
However she told Closer magazine she now weighed 12 stone and was a dress size 16.
She revealed: "There's always been a part of me that feels food is my addiction. I've never smoked or taken drugs, but in the past eating has been a compulsion."
Claire explained: "I felt like after all the weight-loss features I'd done, I owed it to people to be honest about this. My husband [electrician Reece Hill, 41] also encouraged me to do the shoot so I could see how lovely I am – and I'm trying to believe him!"
Claire, who is appearing in the new series of Popstar To Opera Star, said: "I might not be a size 10, but I don't think I look that bad – I certainly don't think I'm hideous like I used to."
"I'm having fun with fashion again too, as my curves fit quite well into high street clothes. But I'm determined not to get bigger than a size 16 as I still feel fit and anything heavier would feel a bit much for me."
"I just want people to remember that I did lose weight – and you can do it too," she added.
"But, personally, keeping it off is where I really struggle. I was having to think about food and my weight every moment of the day to stay a size 10, and that's no way to live – it's too much like hard work."