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Gemma Collins ‘regrets’ promoting diet injections and admits she was ‘desperate’ to lose weight

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Gemma Collins has said she "regrets promoting weight loss injections" and wants to ban the word "diet".

The 40 year old, who recently stopped watching TV as part of her "massive health overhaul", opened up on her recent lifestyle change on The Gemma Collins podcast, explaining that she was "desperate" to lose weight when taking the fat-busting jabs which claim to aid weight loss.

The former TOWIE star has previously been outspoken on her use of 'Skinny Jab', now called SlimCare Medical, which is an injection that contains a drug called liraglutide to help reduce hunger.

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“It works by mimicking an intestinal hormone that tells the brain your stomach is full,” explained Elite Aesthetics’ Dr Shirin Lakhani.

However, there are downsides to the injections, whichDr Lakhani previously told OK! can include "nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, vomiting, low blood sugar, tiredness, decreased appetite, dizziness and stomach pain”.

She added: “There are also possible links to thyroid tumours and it may cause other more serious side effects from pancreatitis to gallbladder and kidney problems, to allergic reactions and depression.”

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Now, Gemma has revealed that she doesn't take them anymore and has embraced her new fitness and diet routine consisting of morning workouts and tiny meals of salmon and cucumber.

"I have said that I'm not promoting any diet injections or anything like that," she explained to her listeners.

"I kind of regret doing it, but I feel like sometimes you're in such a desperate place and you want to lose weight, but actually I've come away from this diet promotion now.

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"I wish we could get rid of that word diet, people think, oh my God diet, it's a bad thing. It's basically just what works for you."

OK! Online has approached SlimCare Medical for comment.

The TV personality went on to explain how her mindset has changed over the lockdown period as she continued: "Since turning 40 I have become so much more aware of my health and I'm kind of regretting maybe not taking my health as seriously as I should have done.

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"In our twenties and thirties we don't think about it, and I am just trying to be so fit and healthy at the minute. I'm on a massive health drive."

Since adopting her new lifestyle, Gemma said she's become aware of the positive changes in her body as she said: "I've noticed my lungs are getting stronger, my recovery is quicker. I'm health-obsessed mad and I'm loving it!"

She added: "Every lunch is getting me to where I want to be," but insisted: "It's not about how you look but about how you feel."

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