Alison Hammond on weight loss with Adele tribute artist
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This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary were thrilled to celebrate the release of Adele’s new single Easy On Me and welcomed Maria, who performs as the singer onto the show. Following Adele’s own weight loss, Maria had a gastric bypass and Alison praised her for honestly opening u about her transformation.
Maria admitted to being “embarrassed” when fans of Adele would mention her weight loss so she sped up the process of losing weight.
While she originally planned gastric surgery, Maria moved up the date as she worried she’d no longer be able to work as an impersonator.
However, she insisted she lost weight for health reasons too, not just to work as Adele.
She added she still isn’t happy with her weight and plans to lose more.
“I felt a huge amount of embarrassment if I’m gonna be completely and utterly honest with you. I was already singing and a couple of people came up to me saying, ‘Have you seen Adele, how slim she is?’” Maria explained.
“I had gained a lot of weight at that time, and it was that internal dread and I’ve gotta do this night after night.
“It’s such a personal thing for me.
Personally it’s for my health, and I just wanted to feel more confident and not have that fear thing of ‘Have you seen Adele.’”
“I really want to be honest about my journey, for everything,” Maria continued.
“When you’ve been as big as I was and to lose all of that weight, you know, you’re not just going to spring back.
“My arms, for me, are my biggest worry. My brother’s company are going to fund my surgery, arms, tummy.”
“As long as you’re happy,” Alison replied.
Maria added: “This is more for help as well. To go out and not be able to show your arms, that’s just not nice.”
“I just get them out,” Alison said turning to Dermot. “I’ve got flabby arms but I just get them out.”
Maria continued: “Arms are alright when you’ve got a bit of volume but when you take that away, they’re just saggy old balloons.”
As Alison asked if it was for her health, Maria assured: “Exactly, and this is more for health as well, and to go out and not be able show off your arms because of skin, it’s not nice.”
“We all want to lose weight, especially me,” Alison replied.
“I want to lose my weight, so I am in admiration for you. I just think it’s brilliant.”
It comes after Alison revealed childhood bullying has left her having a panic attack every time she hears the word “elephant”.
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.
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