Zara McDermott says body transformation was due to grandma’s death as trolls brand her anorexic

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Former Love Island star turned Made In Chelsea regular Zara McDermott has hit out at the "vile and toxic" trolls who claimed she's "anorexic".

Sharing pics of her body transformation on Instagram stories on 25 November, the 23 year old told her 1.4million followers how she lost nearly three stone since June 2019.

She credited "eating more fruits and veggies and making wiser choices in order to be healthier" for her slimline physique.

And she took to Instagram again on Friday to hit back at accusations she is underweight, after one follower suggested that the 5ft 6in TV personality weighed just 7st 7lbs.

Zara explained her motivation to overhaul her lifestyle was not to drop the pounds, but because she felt compelled to eat a healthier diet and exercise following her grandmother's death.

In a lengthy defence, Zara wrote: "Sorry to keep having to explain myself on here, but I am definitely not 7 stone 7lbs. I have learnt a lot about posting my exact before and after weight as it can be damaging, and that's something I would never do now.

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"Yes I have shared that I lost almost 3 stone (actually less than three stone) but no one is completely aware of my weight at my absolute heaviest and my current weight.

'It's entirely unfair for people to make statements saying I weight a certain amount when they have never ever heard that from me.

"There is nothing wrong with me at a size 10 and me at a size 6. I love myself in both pics.

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"I just want to be helpful and motivate other people who are on the same path as me to lead a healthier lifestyle.

"It was never about weight loss. And it's not about weight loss."

Zara said for her motivation is to be able to run without being out of breath and ensure she has more fruit and vegetables in her diet, rather than gorging on pizza, takeaways and pasta.

She continued: "It's about balance! As I have said before, I am naturally slim, but because I was in such a huge calorie surplus and eating so much, the poor quality of my diet overrode that!

"I actually lost my nan a few years ago.

"And the reason for that was because she suffered a stroke, her arteries were so clogged up from such a poor diet which caused it. It was one my catalysts for making a change to my lifestyle!"

It comes after Zara hit back at trolls who accused her of 'having an eating disorder' after she shared images of her three stone weight loss journey.

The Love Islander insisted she lost weight "slowly and healthily" over a period of 18 months not "'overnight"

Sharing an impassioned post on her Instagram Stories on Wednesday morning, Zara said: "I think it's entirely unfair to call me 'anorexic'.

"In my opinion it's the same as calling someone morbidly obese. That's a serious accusation of an eating disorder that I do not have."

She added: "Everyone's body types are different. And I respect that. But I cannot be made to feel bad about my natural body type. I have naturally really long legs and a small waist.

"When I lost body fat. It accentuated that of course. I weigh a completely healthy BMI, will not apologise for eating healthier, making wiser choices and exercising four times a week.

"I have so much more muscle now. I can lift heavy weights. I feel happier and healthier. And most importantly. I feel good on the inside, which means I will live a longer and healthier life!"

Zara's comments come after she documented her weight loss with a series of throwback snaps on her Instagram page.

The star, who recently won back Sam Thompson after a tumultuous few months, gushed: "I can't believe how far I've come", alongside the throwback shot.

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