Gemma Collins' weightloss inspiration

Gemma Collins has admitted it was her ex-boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent who encouraged her to do 'Sugar Free Farm'

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Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins was inspired to do 'Sugar Free Farm' by James 'Arg' Argent.

The former 'The Only Way is Essex' star - who dated her ex-co-star on and off throughout 2012 - watched the 29-year-old reality TV star take part in the weightloss programme last year and felt it would be a good opportunity for her to pursue this year.

Speaking to Star magazine, she explained: "I was looking for a new adventure and I thought how lovely it would be to get away from Essex and live a rural life.

"Although the only time I'd stepped on to a farm was on a day trip with school, I watched the last series because James Argent was in it."

However, the blonde bombshell, who has lost 11lbs on the show, clearly didn't watch that much of the programme as she didn't realise they had to work on a farm.

She said: "He [the farmer] kept shouting at me, 'Gemma do it!', and then the producer said, 'Gemma, you're here to actually work.' I nearly had a breakdown and I asked them to call my agent, but I swiftly realised I'd better keep my mouth shut and get on with it.

"I thought farm life was going to be full of Dallas Cowboys. When I realised the men were toothless and weathered because they're outside all day long, my love affair with becoming a farmer's wife swiftly ended."

Before she joined the reality TV show, Gemma used to down 14 cans of fizzy drinks but is now committed to keeping the weight off and remaining healthy.

She added: "Before, I was addicted to energy drinks and diet cola, and I'd just grab food on the go, so I went in with an open mind. At first I thought we were eating so much food there was no way I'd lose weight, but I ended up dropping 11lb."

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