Married At First Sight stars including Martha Kalifatidis and Jessika Power reveal their highly recognizable weight struggles after piling the pounds during Covid lockdown
The ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns have caused many Australians to pile on the pounds, and reality TV stars are no exception.
For Married At First Sight bride Jessika Power, her weight gain started after she split from an ex-boyfriend earlier this year.
But things got worse when she started filming Big Brother VIP a few weeks ago, which completely changed her normally healthy diet.
Lockdown pound: Jessika Power is just one of the Married At First Sight stars to arrive during Australia’s incredibly strict lockdown
‘I eat a very lean diet of protein and salads and vegetables, and we didn’t get much of that’ [in the Big Brother house],’ she said.
The 28-year-old entered the hotel quarantine after leaving the Sydney compound and found herself eating a lot of snacks and chocolate.
Despite her weight gain, Jessika said this week that she is “healthier and happier” than ever.
“Like, of course I know I’m not plus size,” she revealed in a video on Instagram.
“Yeah, of course I’ve changed my weight, which is good… because your girl is fat now!” she added and burst out laughing.
Before and after: Jessika’s weight gain started after she split from an ex-boyfriend earlier this year
She also said her breasts were now “massive” and her face had swollen from water retention.
Jessika isn’t alone in gaining some lockdown pounds, with her former co-star Martha Kalifatidis sharing her own weight struggles in June.
“Doctors have said people have put on five pounds on average, so I’m above average I’d say,” she told Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny.
In addition, the reality star revealed that her weight gain was largely due to one snack.
Before and after: Jessika isn’t alone in putting on some lockdown pounds, with her former co-star Martha Kalifatidis sharing her own weight struggles in June
“The Vegemite Shapes, the Vegemite-flavored Shapes,” she laughed. ‘I don’t mind the Savory taste either. Those Vegemite… oh, did damage.’
The brunette has since started training with her boyfriend Michael Brunelli in an effort to return to her pre-Covid form.
Jules Robinson, who was also in the same MAFS season as Jessika and Martha, just signed on as the new face of Jenny Craig.
The 39-year-old “gained 20 kg” while pregnant with her son Ollie, but managed to lose almost half that weight after giving birth last October.
Before and After: Jules Robinson, who was also in the same MAFS season as Jessika and Martha, arrived after the birth of her first child
However, eight months after giving birth, she revealed that “10 pounds came back slowly” until she returned to “the weight I was when I gave birth.”
“To be honest, I had no intention of losing weight or focusing on my health goals,” she said on Sunday, when she was announced as Jenny Craig’s ambassador.
“It wasn’t until I was about seven months postpartum that I felt I had the energy for myself again. My only focus was just adjusting to motherhood and him.’
She went on to say she’s been a “size 12 to an 18” for the past two years and has “nothing but appreciation for my body.”
Jules has been on her weight loss plan for 11 weeks and has already lost 11 kg.
Fitness: Jules is now the new face of Jenny Craig, following the program to achieve better health