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Mrs Hinch stuns fans with throwback snaps before her eight-stone weight loss

She lost a dramatic eight-stone after undergoing a £6,000 gastric surgery when she was 21.

And cleaning queen Mrs Hinch posted old pictures from before her lengthy weight loss journey on her Instagram stories on Wednesday evening.

The social media sensation, 30, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, jumped on a viral trend where fans ask other users what they want to see pictures of.

Weight loss journey: Cleaning queen Mrs Hinch posted old pictures prior to her lengthy weight loss journey on her Instagram stories on Wednesday evening

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Responding to one fan who asked for a photo before her weight loss, Sophie posted a montage of ‘before and after’ snaps.

One throwback snap saw the stunning TV star posing in a pink floral skirt and a black T-shirt and cardigan, prior to her eight-stone weight loss.

And a comparison snap saw Sophie grinning in a skimpy black cut-out swimsuit as she showed her 3.9million followers the results of her weight loss journey.

Sophie looked almost unrecognisable in the throwback snaps, which saw her sporting dark brunette locks rather than her now signature blonde tresses.

Comparison shots: The social media sensation, 30, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, jumped on a viral trend where fans ask other users what they want to see pictures of

Comparison shots: The social media sensation, 30, whose real name is Sophie Hinchcliffe, jumped on a viral trend where fans ask other users what they want to see pictures of

Alongside the post, she candidly penned: ‘You never really know someone’s journey.. Always be kind xx’

In July, the author opened up about her weight loss as she proudly displayed her arm scar from excess skin removal in an empowering Instagram post.

She underwent excess skin removal in 2016, following her £6,000 gastric band surgery, which left her in agony when it slipped two years later and wedged in her oesophagus.

Alongside the snaps of her arm scar, she wrote: ‘In all honesty, I also like this dress because it also covers my arms.

‘Lots of you already know about this because it’s written in my first book but I had surgery on my arms once so I of course have been left with scarring but this dress makes me feel like my arms are covered.’

Beauty: Sophie looked almost unrecognisable in the throwback snaps, which saw her sporting dark brunette locks rather than her now signature blonde tresses

Beauty: Sophie looked almost unrecognisable in the throwback snaps, which saw her sporting dark brunette locks rather than her now signature blonde tresses

Zooming in on the scar, she continued: ‘Maybe this is a strange picture but… THIS IS ME and I think it’s so important for people to remember that everyone has their own story to tell, we are all special in our own way.’

Sophie has previously spoken about her ill-fated decision to have a gastric band fitted in an interview with the Daily Mail.

She said: ‘The surgery works for some people. But for me, if I had known the complications and risks, I wouldn’t have done it.’

Surgeons were able to move the band during an emergency operation. It no longer works but has not been removed. 

After battling issues with self-confidence, Sophie piled on weight in her late teens. 

Brave: In July, the author opened up about her weight loss as she proudly displayed her arm scar from excess skin removal in an empowering Instagram post

Brave: In July, the author opened up about her weight loss as she proudly displayed her arm scar from excess skin removal in an empowering Instagram post

‘I’d just passed my driving test, so I was able to go out in the car and get takeaways at McDonald’s Drive-Thrus,’ she said. ‘Before I knew it, I was eating for what felt like eating’s sake.’

Aged 21, she took out a bank loan to pay for the gastric band procedure.

But in addition to the slipped band, her dramatic eight-stone weight loss left excess skin on her arms. 

An operation to remove it in 2016 led to a serious infection and for a time she feared her left arm would have to be amputated. 

In her book Hinch Yourself Happy, she said: ‘I kept getting problems with excess skin. It was getting inflamed and blistering. It was painful.

Surgery: She got excess skin removal in 2016, after a gastric band surgery, which left her in agony when it slipped two years later and wedged in her oesophagus (pictured April 2019)

Surgery: She got excess skin removal in 2016, after a gastric band surgery, which left her in agony when it slipped two years later and wedged in her oesophagus (pictured April 2019)

‘If I bought a size 10 or 12 top or jacket in a shop, it would fit me everywhere else but not the arms. I was smaller but I still couldn’t buy clothes in the size I actually was.’

After getting the skin removed, she developed an infection on her left arm, which caused both arms to ‘blow up to three times their size’.  

Sophie wrote: ‘They had to drain them urgently and blast the IV with antibiotics.

‘I ended up staying in hospital for two weeks and I genuinely thought I was going to lose my left arm at one point.’

Sophie has now recovered from the traumatic ordeal and is now a mother to son Ronnie, who she welcomed with her husband Jamie, 39, in June 2019.


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