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X Factor star Louisa Johnson opens up about weight gain and recent health struggle

She revealed she is on a new diet

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Fiona Ward
Acting Fashion and Beauty Editor
August 13, 2019
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Former The X Factor winner Louisa Johnson has revealed that she is suffering from food intolerances which have caused her to gain weight and start a new diet. She said in an interview with the Mail Online: "I've been diagnosed with all these intolerances over the past year and I'm just like, 'how am I going to cope?' because I've really noticed weight [has] just been going on so quickly. It never used to be like that for me, so that's like my personal struggle at the moment."

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Louisa revealed she has certain food intolerances

She added of her new diet: "The last year I've been really listening to my body and I've just noticed how much I've been bloating, and really uncomfortable when I eat certain foods and I didn't really know what it was. I went to see a nutritionist and I got tested for everything and I have an intolerance to dairy, which is my main one and gluten and wheat.

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"So basically I'm on an anti-inflammatory diet which is really, really hard when I used to eat whatever I wanted, so I've been struggling with that, I'm such a fussy eater as well, so it's hard," she said. 

Louisa also added that she's trying not to focus on her weight and that she often feels pressure to look a certain way - and recently, she stopped using photo-editing apps to alter her Instagram pictures.

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The star memorably won The X Factor in 2015 and went on to release a number of hits, before deciding to part ways with Simon Cowell's music label in 2018. With an ultra-glamorous Instagram account, Louisa was often known for posting sultry selfies and outfit photographs, though she recently opened up to fans about showing another side of herself. 

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In July she wrote: "I really wanna use my Instagram to be more open and share my everyday life journey with you guys but sometimes I literally go to post something and I can't, I don't know what is stopping or holding me back but I just feel anxious whenever I post something a little too intimate, real or a little too 'me'… no one really wants to show their bad days on Instagram but I want to start letting people in to show people that it's normal."

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