If you're a fan of Take Me Out, chances are you'll recognise Bonnie Stainer as one of the show's contestants.

However, if you saw what she looked like prior to going on the ITV dating show, it's unlikely you'd be able to tell who she was.

That's because before appearing on the Paddy McGuinness-hosted show, Bonnie shed a staggering eight stone of weight she had put on after becoming a mum.

Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram
Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram

The 33-year-old said she knew something had to change, as her happiness and sex life were suffering, and she was no longer able to ride her horse because of her increased weight.

The Devon-born mum weighed 17 stone before appearing on the ITV show.

Speaking to the Daily Star, she said: "When I was 29 I got pregnant with my first child. Because I'd never worried about my weight I thought I could eat whatever I wanted.

"For a while it was fine and then suddenly I ballooned. I couldn't seem to stop eating."

Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram
Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram

At her lowest point, Bonnie said she didn't want to get up in the morning because picking out clothes to wear for the day was 'depressing', adding: "At times I didn't even want to leave the house."

So, she got to work shedding the pounds in order to pull herself back around again, before signing up to feature on the show.

"Being on the show has been amazing for my confidence," she said. "I finally feel like me again."

Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram
Credit: Bonnie Stainer/Instagram

Recently, contestant Morag Crichton revealed what goes into making the show.

Morag told the Plymouth Herald: "Depending on whether you get a date or not the whole process takes several days."

"When we arrived we were picked up by a guy in a Mercedes and taken to a really lovely hotel," she added.

"There were 36 girls all together - 30 are in the line-up and the rest are ready as replacements.

"We were asked if we wanted to share a room with someone and I said yes, it was so lovely to get to know all the girls and you're all in the same boat so you bond really well.

"We were made to feel like a million dollars," Morag said.

"We didn't actually go on stage until about 4pm when we did a rehearsal. Until then we'd be talking to each other and playing music, it was really fun."

She added: "All the girls were so lovely, we have a chat group so we can keep in touch and I get notifications all the time. I had to delete some the other day, it was taking up so much space on my phone - there were 83,000 messages!"

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Paddy Maddison

Paddy Maddison is a freelance journalist and frequent contributor to LADbible. He specialises in men's lifestyle, music and news, which has seen him work with publications including ShortList, FashionBeans, Menswear Style and many industry-leading brands. Contact him on [email protected]

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