Lucy Mecklenburgh has responded to Danielle Armstrong after she hit out at the reality star for criticising her weight loss products.
Taking to her Instagram Story on Thursday, the ex-TOWIE star, 29, claimed that diet brands ‘prey on the vulnerable’ and that she ‘sticks to what I believe’ as she addressed her former co-star Danielle’s, 32, rant.
Lucy also claimed that there is no ‘magic pill, tea or low-calorie shake’ that is a ‘long-term solution to weight loss’ and that new mums ‘don’t need the pressure’.
Reponse: Lucy Mecklenburgh has responded to Danielle Armstrong after she hit out at the reality star for criticising her weight loss products (pictured with fiancé Ryan Thomas, their son Roman, 12 months, and Ryan’s daughter Scarlett, 12, in January)
It came after the reality star had earlier slammed influencers for promoting restrictive diets to new mums and shared fan’s negative experience of using Herbalife Nutrition – a brand which Danielle endorses.
Lucy first of all shared a screenshot of her original Q&A, captioned ‘your experiences taking diet products’, she added: ‘This is what I asked.’
The reality then shared some of the responses she had received, where people had criticised the products with one person claiming they were left ‘looking like s**t’, and said: ‘This is what you guys told me.’
Writing a lengthy statement, Lucy continued: ‘I never mentioned anyone’s name or brand. I stick to what I believe.
Rant: Taking to her Instagram Story on Thursday, the ex-TOWIE star, 29, claimed that diet brands ‘prey on the vulnerable’ and that she ‘sticks to what I believe’ as she addressed her former co-star Danielle’s, 32, pictured, rant
History: The pair previously starred on ITVBe’s The Only Way Is Essex together (pictured together with Ferne McCann 2013)
‘New mums don’t need pressure to lose weight. We are exhausted and have so much to deal with anyway. I believe a lot of these diet brands prey on the vulnerable.’
Lucy then spoke about her own experiences as a new mum after welcoming son Roman, 12 months, last year.
She continued: ‘When I had given birth my phone ads were all for ‘fast weight loss after baby’ and ‘need to lose two stone in a month!’ I feel extremely sad hearing your personal experiences using them’ followed by a heart broken emoji.
Lucy added that she only started exercising four to five months after welcoming Roman.
Opinion: Lucy also claimed that there is no ‘magic pill, tea or low-calorie shake’ that is a ‘long-term solution to weight loss’ and that new mums ‘don’t need the pressure’ (pictured last year)
She said: ‘When I felt ready around 4/5 months pp I introduced light exercise and balanced meals into my busy mama life,’ heart emoji.
Lucy ended her statement by insisting that there is no ‘magic pill, tea or low-calorie shake’ that is a ‘long-term solution to weight loss.
She concluded: ‘We are all unique and will all take a slightly different approach to healthy living. But I promise you this, there is no magic pill, tea or low-calorie shake that is sustainable for a long-term solution to weight loss and overall health.’
Lucy’s response came after Danielle hit back at her former TOWIE co-star for criticising her weight loss products in a rant shared to Instagram on Wednesday.
Slammed: It came after the reality star had earlier slammed influencers for promoting restrictive diets to new mums and shared fan’s negative experience of using Herbalife Nutrition – a brand which Danielle endorses (Lucy and her son pictured in May)
First-time parent Lucy took to her platform earlier in the day to slam influencers for promoting restrictive diets to new mums and shared a fan’s negative experience of using Herbalife Nutrition – a brand which Danielle endorses.
Following her post, Danielle urged the TV personality, who owns her own fitness brand Results Wellness Lifestyle, to ‘not damage and tarnish what I represent because you might have lose a few customers’.
The exercise enthusiast fought back tears as she defended her ‘community’ and explained that Danni’s Body Goals sells nutritional plans featuring shakes, live workouts, cook-alongs and motivational talks.
Danielle and Lucy have both been passionate about encouraging healthy lifestyles to fellow mothers on social media, after welcoming daughter Orla, nine months, and son Roman, 12 months, respectively.
‘It’s damaging!’ Lucy’s response came after Danielle hit back at her former TOWIE co-star for criticising her weight loss products in a rant shared to Instagram on Wednesday
A representative for Lucy told MailOnline: ‘Lucy’s comments never mentioned Danielle Armstrong, Herbalife or Danielle’s job with the company.
‘Her opinion is about the dangers of shake and calorie restricted diet culture in general and particularly the targeting of new mums by these companies and the pressure they feel.’
In her original upload, the ‘upset’ model said: ‘Little morning rant here. It’s just quite worrying actually. I keep seeing on Instagram new mums promoting extreme restrictive diets.
‘I don’t understand. I don’t understand who’s advising them, suggesting this is a good idea? It really upsets me.
Online feud: Following her post, Danielle urged the TV personality, who owns her own fitness brand Results Wellness Lifestyle, to ‘not damage and tarnish what I represent’
‘When you’ve just had a baby especially, you just grab whatever you can. For me, it was tea, toast and coffee. You know, Ryan [Thomas] was amazing, he’d make me some nice meals, but other days, it’s tea and toast, and that’s fine.’
The Tumble star went on to ask her followers about their experiences of taking diet products, with a social media user claiming Herbalife gave them ‘sore kidneys, shakes and tremors’, and left them ‘looking like s**t.’
Directly addressing Lucy’s posts, Danielle defiantly detailed the facts behind the weight management corporation.
The TV star said: ‘I just wanted to get on here to talk about something, it feels really weird doing this as I’ve never gotten into social media or Twitter war, but it’s just been brought to my attention.
‘We’re in the same industry!’ The exercise enthusiast fought back tears as she defended her ‘community’ and explained that Danni’s Body Goals sells nutritional plans
‘Last year, the company turned over £5 billion in net sales’: Directly addressing Lucy’s posts, the blonde defiantly detailed the facts behind the weight management corporation
‘I don’t actually follow Lucy Meck… but someone has contacted my agent asking for comment on Lucy Meck’s story where she is slamming ‘influencers’ for promoting shake diets to new mums.
‘Instead of going back to them, I thought I’d like to keep it real and say it here. Firstly I wanna say, I respect her opinion, but one thing I will say is that Lucy has a subscription to a fitness and meal plan.’
Highlighting that their brands are similar, the blonde added: ‘A lot of the times when I see people ‘slam’ those meal shake products, the majority of the time, they are PTs or people that have subscriptions for online fitness platforms or a meal plan.
‘So one thing I want to say is guys please be mindful – it has a massive impact, Lucy has millions of followers, I know what that can do, it’s damaging… it is… so be mindful that this is also a business for Lucy, it’s like Coca-Cola slamming Pepsi.
Family first: They’ve both been passionate about encouraging healthy lifestyles to fellow mothers on social media (Lucy pictured with son Roman, 12 months, and fiancé Ryan Thomas)
‘We’re in the same industry… she just has it her way with workouts every single day and making nice presented food that I’m sure tastes amazing, but for me it’s about finding something that’s quick, convenient, high in nutrition and low in calories.
‘With shakes, protein pancakes, waffles, meal supplements and meal replacements, that’s what’s happening here.’
The influencer grew emotional as she touched on the importance of boosting her fans’ confidence effectively.
Danielle said: ‘I just wanna put a few facts right before I get on to the mum thing as whoever knows me, knows… I can actually get upset… knows much I want to help mums feel body confidence.
Priorities: The businesswoman shares daughter Orla, nine months, with fiancé Tom Edney
‘I’ve never once said ”as soon as you have a baby, let’s get you on a shake plan”. Of course not – I didn’t even do that! I waited eight or nine weeks before I did my first 21-day challenge.
‘I actually would love for Lucy and any other influencer/PT who is slating what I represent and Herbal Life nutrition to really have a look at what goes on in our challenge groups.
‘We do live workouts, cook-alongs with Wholefoods, motivational talks, meditation – there’s so much that we do!
‘It’s damaging when people like Lucy can say that these influencers promoting shake diets… yeah shake diets are bad, diet pills and juicing without any whole foods [are bad too] – we don’t promote that!’
The Full Monty star also shared Herbalife’s success in the last year as she continued to insist that its products are safe to use.
Impressive: Danielle has lost 3.5 stone after giving birth (pictured right when pregnant last year)
She elaborated: ‘We promote helping you get into calorie deficit, that is what you want to do to lose weight, in a healthy with balanced food but in forms of low calories.
‘Let’s just say my shake this morning had everything that the body requires, then I’d have a mid-morning protein snack, then I’d have a healthy lunch, then protein snack in the afternoon and a healthy balanced evening meal.
‘I don’t know what more I can do… for anyone who is going to continue to slate HerbalLife nutrition products… I know Lucy said someone ended up in A.E. And if that’s the case, I’m telling you, that wouldn’t be down to HerbalLife nutrition.
‘Last year, the company turned over £5 billion in net sales, last year turn over was £8.9 billion.
‘If all these bad things were happening, I would not be taking these products, my mum, I would not encourage my followers to, we would not have done £5.5 billion in sales, they’d be a hell of a lot of sick people in the world.
‘We’re regulated in over 96 countries, we’ve been around for over 40 years. Our ambassador, Cristiano Ronaldo, he wouldn’t be affiliated with a company like that. I’ve had to set the record straight as enough is enough now.’
The mum-of-one ended her lengthy video by encouraging other health specialists to explore Herbalife before commenting on the company.
Danielle said: ‘I’d encourage any influencer or PT, Lucy, who wants to check out our products, to take them to a nutritionist. I did that when I first tried out these products. Come and see what we do in our community.
‘There is nothing wrong with doing it my way, what you guys do is absolutely fine, but please do not tarnish what I do or represent and absolutely love doing, because you might have lost a few customers yourself!
‘Anyway, sorry to have a rant, everyone is going to have their opinions! I’m open to anyone’s opinion, but I had to get on here as I’m proud of helping thousands of people all over the world over the four years.
Impressive: Meanwhile, Lucy shed four stone after welcoming her son Roman last March (pictured left last July, right earlier that year)
‘Let’s all be kind to each other and help each other’s businesses instead of putting it down.’
Earlier this year, Danielle revealed she lost 3.5 stone and fits into her size 10 jeans again after giving birth.
She said at the time: ‘After gaining four stone in my pregnancy I really wanted to show women how your body looks after having a baby as for some women like myself it’s not as easy to snap back in to your post-pregnancy clothes.
‘I decided 6 weeks after having my baby girl I wanted to start feeling like me again and to shift some of the baby weight I gained. I followed a simple nutrition plan and a few workouts from home and the results have been incredible.
Picture of confidence: The TV star recently showcased her toned frame in lingerie and revealed she was back in her size 10 jeans after following her exercise and nutrition plan
‘Six months of following this plan I’ve lost 3 stone, back in my size 10 jeans and feeling happy. Of course I love being a mummy but it’s also important to feel like ME again.’
Lucy, meanwhile, previously credited her 4st stone weight loss to ‘listening to my body’ and enthused about being ‘in awe’ of childbirth.
The brunette told MailOnline last year: ‘I didn’t do any diet or quick fixes. I didn’t put pressure on myself and had good nights’ sleep. I just listened to my body and I needed rest.
‘For the first two months, I did the odd bit of walking. I try to get one nutritious meal in the day, not just coffee and biscuits which I would probably have if Ryan wasn’t such an amazing chef.
‘I tried to do 10 minute stretches a day and ease into light workouts at home – I haven’t got any big golden thing that gave me the weight loss.
‘I thought after my eight week check when I got the all clear [to exercise] I would have been back to training four times a week, but I just thought to myself ‘I’m tired, when I get an hour free, I either want to spend it by having a nap or it’s extra play time for Roman. There’s always something else that needs doing’.’
‘He is my priority now’: The brunette previously credited her 4st stone weight loss to ‘listening to my body’ and enthused about being ‘in awe’ of childbirth