Gemma Collins has given away the secret behind her recent weight loss, after she shed more than two stone since the start of the year.

The TOWIE star has long struggled with her weight, battling yo-yo dieting and bingeing for years before accepting she was unlikely to go back to her svelte former size 10 self.

But it seems the 37-year-old reality star has turned a corner since her Dancing On Ice stint, which saw her train for several hours a day to get her into shape for the competition.

And, sharing some pictures of her newly slimmed down figure to Instagram , Gem revealed exactly what she's changed in her life to lose the weight.

"Thanks for your weight loss comments my hard work is defo paying off," she wrote, adding the hashtags " #veganlifestyle #eatlifenotdeath ".

The GC also gave fans a glimpse at her new diet, revealing she's sticking to healthy meat- and animal product-free lunches like vegan sandwiches.

It comes almost six years to the day since Gemma revealed in her autobiography Basically that she used food as an emotional drug to block the pain of a secret abortion and the end of a long-term relationship.

She said back in 2013 that she would regularly cram food into her mouth so fast she wouldn't be able to breathe as a form of self-harm.

"Food became my friend – I would use it as an emotional crutch. Some people have a blanket or a teddy – for me, when I was eating I felt safe," she wrote.

A bingeing session could see Gemma inhale 3,000 calories in one sitting as she used food as a boyfriend substitute.

"Once I couldn't breathe because I was ramming food down so quickly. I'd have loved to have been sick, to get it all up. But it didn't work for me," she said.

Gemma went from a size 10 to an 18 in the space of a year, and said her mum Joan would show her love in the form of massive meals.

"Because I felt so sad, I thought, what's going to make me happy? Food. Food became my happiness. Instead of going out with my friends, I’d have a meal. Food became my friend," the star went on in her book.

"Imagine going out with someone for five years, then you've got to find your feet again. It was difficult. I just ate, and ate, and ate, and ate. I'd just eat and not leave the house."

It seems Gemma has finally found her happiness as she settles down with live-in boyfriend James Argent, who has also had his fair share of weight demons.

Arg was warned this week he's on "death row" if he continues to balloon in weight, and has signed up to a boxing gym to tackle the problem.

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