People think I sit on the sofa eating sweets all day — but I've lost 3½ stone, says ex-Gogglebox star Amy Tapper
7th April 2021

YEARS of fad-dieting failed to help ex-Gogglebox star Amy ­Tapper lose weight.

But now Amy, 21, who starred on the Channel 4 show with her family from 2013 to 2018, believes she has finally turned a corner after shedding 3st 7lb in lockdown.

Amy, who was told by doctors she suffers from a slow metabolism, has shrunk by three dress sizes, from a 26 to a 20, after cutting down her portion sizes — and dancing around her home.

She says: “I have tried and tested every diet under the sun but my weight has been a battle since I was eight years old.

"It’s not because of what I’ve been brought up on, but a lot of people probably look at me and think that.

“I remember watching back videos of me when I was six or seven and asking Mum, ‘What did you feed me?’ She said: ‘You didn’t eat. We don’t know what happened.”

“Since then, every year was a different diet for me. I started with Slimming World then did shakes and bars. I have done no carbs and have just lived off chicken and veg.”

But Amy reckons she was given conflicting advice on how to slim, after seeking help from both nutritionists and personal trainers.

She says: “What would make it confusing is I would see these different experts, and they would all contradict what the other had said.

“It makes you question what is right and what is wrong: Who do I trust and are they saying the right things?

“But I’ve always been aware of what I eat and have never enjoyed junk food.”

It is now eight years since trained hairdresser Amy and her family first appeared on our screens at her home in Edgware, North London — where she still lives with brother Josh, 23, who works for a think-tank, nursery manager mum Nikki, 47, and dad Jonathan, 53, a chauffeur.

She has attracted an army of fans through Gogglebox but people have been unkind to her as well.

Amy says: “Having fans has been a great feeling but you get trolls saying horrible things too.

“They target me about my weight.”

She adds of her time on the hit show: “People genuinely thought I sat there watching TV all day — as if that was my life, as if I didn’t ever go to school.

“They thought that all I ever did was sit on the couch eating chocolate and sweets, or that I was just oblivious to the fact I was big and overweight.

“When I was 13, I would spend hours lying in bed scrolling through the negative comments.

"I would look at every single one of them, seeing what people would compare me to and never looked at the positive ones.”

More recently, during lockdown, almost half of us have piled on weight, a survey by King’s College London found.

But being cooped up indoors has helped Amy LOSE six inches from her waist.

She says: “I have been doing quite a lot of dance workouts at home, every day. They’re 25 minutes long on YouTube.

“It is exercising to a beat and gets you going.

“I did a One Direction one the other day. They get you in good spirits for the rest of the day.

"If not every day, it will be every other day, and I mix and match it with yoga. I add in squats while brushing my teeth, too. I love squats.

“Every person’s body is different and everyone’s metabolism is different.

“Over the past ten years I think I have come to a conclusion about what is best for me and what works for me. Before, I would lose 2st easily, then my body would just never budge after the 2st.

“It has been an ongoing battle but I think I have finally cracked the code.

“I am no professional but what works for me is fitting my diet around my life, rather than fitting me around a diet.

“Everything needs to be in moderation — if you are doing a shake diet or something extreme, you are going to end up falling off it at one point.

"The minute you even eat an apple, you put on weight. So I found that just changing up my lifestyle worked well.

“I carried on eating the same foods but just cutting the portions slightly.

“I don’t want a drastic loss, I want a healthy lifestyle and, once I drop the weight, I want it to be gone for good.

“Right now I feel great. I have so much more energy.”

But Amy insists her weight loss is purely for herself and not to please anyone else.

She says: “I would never stop my journey because of anyone else’s opinion. I am doing this for me, and my health.

“When I was younger, every day I would look at my body in the mirror when I took my clothes off.

“The trolls before had massively played tricks with my head. But as I get older, I realise those trolls don’t know me.

"It’s funny how my weight can make others feel uncomfortable.

“As long as people like me as a person, I don’t care what people think of the way I look.

“It is my body, I will do what I want with it.”

Since leaving Gogglebox, Amy has appeared on E4 reality show Celebs Go Dating, in 2018, before then spending a year in Israel.

She says: “I chose to go to Israel because I’ve always loved it and, being Jewish, you do feel at home there.

“I did a youth programme called Year Course so it was also educational, and I learnt some Hebrew.”

After lockdown, Amy, who also makes a living as a social media influencer, hopes to land more TV work.

She says: “I have absolutely loved growing up on television, and doing it with my family made it even more special.

“Gogglebox is a huge show to be a part of and everyone relates to it. What you see is what you get. I’d love to do I’m A Celeb — that’s always been a dream of mine.”

Amy is counting down the days until 21 June, when all legal limits on social contact in England should be lifted — and especially so she can get her love life back on track.

She says: “We have had our fair share of horrible things happen — losing people we love, and Dad has been out of work a lot.

"But it’s also been great, as we would sit and watch TV together on a Saturday night, whereas we would usually be out.

“And I have been having a little romance as well.

“He is from LA and I met him in Israel. We still speak every day. I would say I am single, but I don’t know — it’s a hard one.”

Amy remains tight-lipped on the identity of her new love interest, and admits things are complicated.

She says: “If the options were ‘single’, in a ‘relationship’ or ‘other’, I would pick ‘other’.

"Right now, we are too young to commit. He is the same age as me, and we FaceTime every day. My parents have spoken to him as well.

“It has been really nice but it is also really hard — the time difference is a killer because I am up until 2am, sometimes, in order to speak to him once he has finished his work.

“I think he is coming to London when lockdown lifts, so maybe I will find him a job here and he will be able to move to the UK.”

For now, Amy is working hard on her health and preparing for some upcoming TV projects, which are currently under wraps.

She says: “I am living for every moment right now, and enjoying my friends and family. I have so much to look forward to this year with television work.

“For me, getting recognised, and hearing such lovely things people have to say, is what makes it all worthwhile.

“So hopefully I can bring more positivity for people, with more reality TV work.”

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