Time to start the diet again TOWIE’s Lauren Goodger covers up in a billowing maxi dress as it’s claimed she’s regained 8lbs after letting strict diet slip
14:16 GMT, 31 July 2012
Lauren Goodger was spotted out and about in Essex today as friends told a magazine she was 'disappointed' to have regained 8lbs in her bid to return to a size 8.
The TOWIE star wore a leopard print maxi dress as she took a trip to her own salon for a stint in the chair with the rollers, giving her hair its trademark volume for a glam daytime look.
A source told Closer magazine how Lauren, 25, was considering returning to the drastic meal replacement shakes of the Cambridge diet to get ride of the unwanted pounds.
Lauren Goodger spotted out and about in Essex in a leopard print maxi dress after having her hair done
The source said: 'She's a size 12 now and says she's gained 8lbs, taking her to around 10st 10lbs – away from her target of a size 8.
'She said she's been trying to ignore it because she hates dieting, but she can now feel it going back on to her thighs and tummy.'
The comments come as Lauren has been having a fun fling with TOWIE co-star Tom Pearce, 22, and has apparently told friends she's looking forward to 'burning off calories in the bedroom'.
A friend told Closer: 'She hopes this latest flirtation will give her the motivation to get back on the Cambridge diet.'
But the budding relationship isn't without its drawbacks, as viewers saw Lauren get into an argument with friend Lauren Pope, 30, over Goodger's earlier kiss with Tom.
Pope had previously told good friend Chloe Sims that she wasn't bothered about the two getting together as she wasn't 'even that interested in him anyway,' but when Goodger decided to talk to her, things got heated.
'I'm cool with the Tom situation,' Pope told her, but then added: 'things have got awkward.'
'I look back and I think we were really close, and now things are like this,' Goodger replied. 'I don't want that.'
Lauren had a morning pampering session at her Lauren's Way salon in Essex
TOWIE viewers saw an upset Goodger being comforted by co-star and love interest Tom Pearce in Sunday night's episode after a confrontation with model Lauren Pope over the 22-year-old man
However, Pope then decided to bring up the fact that Chloe told her that Goodger had said nasty things about her in the past, and when Goodger denied it, she called Chloe over.
'I don't really want to get involved but you did say that a long time ago,' Chloe explained. 'But since then we've got really friendly so I have told her.'
Goodger continued to deny ever saying nasty things about Pope, which prompted her to say: 'You're saying it's awkward, but it's because you've said those things.'
'I've had enough s**t in my life, and I just came over to give u a heads up but it's fine,' Goodger said before storming off.
'Well it's not fine because now it's even more awkward,' Pope replied, before the camera cut to Goodger crying and asking Tom if they could leave the party.
Goodger's friend and co-star Lydia Bright also experienced some waterworks in Sunday night's episode, crying on camera after an encounter with ex-boyfriend James 'Arg' Argent.
But today she was spotted looking happier in a green cape-style dress with a floral print, with her hair pulled back and sporting leopard print flat shoes.
Lydia Bright also shed a few tears in Sunday's episode of TOWIE but looked like she'd put the quarrel behind her as she stepped out in a simple cape-style dress with flats and sunglasses today
After her clash with her ex James 'Arg' Argent at Joey Essex's birthday party, Lydia enjoyed a cuddle in bed with her boyfriend Tom Kilbey, tweeting that the pair were enjoying a night in watching The Notebook
If she was still upset by her confrontation with Arg and his current girlfriend Gemma Collins, it didn't show as she hid her eyes behind large black sunglasses.
And she's clearly having a great time with current squeeze Tom Kilbey, tweeting last night that they were cuddling up in front of a Ryan Gosling film for a cosy night in.
She wrote: 'Just cuddling in bed with my favourite person @tomkilbey about to watch my favourite movie 'the notebook''