14/08/2014 16:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Unflattering Photos Inspired Jennifer Ellison To Lose Post-Baby Weight (And She Made Her Husband Take The Pics!)

Unflattering snaps that inspired  Jennifer Ellison to lose her post-baby weight (and she made hubby take them!)

New mum Jennifer Ellison responded to online bullies who criticised her post-baby figure - by making her husband take unflattering photos of her in her underwear. And it worked!

Actress and reality star Jennifer revealed that the lumps 'n bumps snaps motivated her to lose a stone since she started a new diet two weeks ago.

The 30-year-old, who only gave birth to baby Harry in July, got husband Robbie Tickle, to photograph her in just her bra and knickers.

At the time she weighed 12st 3lb and struggled to squeeze into a size 14, but she was also worried that her weight was affecting her health.

Unflattering photos inspired Jennifer Ellison to lose her post-baby weight (and she made her husband take them!)

The former Brookside actress said: "After I gave birth to Harry, my figure was the last thing on my mind - I was just concentrating on bonding with my baby and enjoying being a mum to my two boys.

"But recently I weighed myself, and I realised my BMI was 28. I was horrified when I realised I was not far off hitting a BMI of 30 - officially obese.

"I was over 12 stone and I was worried that being so overweight was affecting my health. I don't want to be so overweight that I can't look after my family without struggling for breath."

Jennifer, who is also mum to three-year-old Bobby, signed up for the Cambridge Weight Plan - which restricts her to eating just 800 calories a day.

In October, she blasted online trolls who were criticising her post-baby body, saying they should 'sort their heads out'.

She wrote on Twitter: "To all the horrible people commenting about my weight... I gave birth 12 WEEKS AGO! Sort your heads out my baby boy is my priority NOT my size!!

"And just for the record I'm the luckiest, happiest woman in the world with two boys to die for so ALL THE BEST!" To you!!!x"

She added: "And when I'm back to a size 8 with two amazing kids you'll still be sat in your computer chair bitter and twisted!! #sosad"

But now, after losing a stone, she is much more confident, saying: "I did get upset about comments about my weight, but now I don't care what people say.

"I want to make sure I am healthy, but my family comes first, not being a size eight. "I'm not one of those mums who just snaps back into shape straight after having a baby.

"It's not in my genes. I have to work hard to lose the weight, and I'm doing it when it suits me.

"I'm busy rehearsing for panto, as well as looking after my sons, and like a lot of working mums, I don't have time for the gym.

"I just wanted a diet that was going to give me results quickly that would fit in with my lifestyle.

"And I'm hoping I'll be at my ideal weight in time for Christmas."