Ex Loose Women star Saira Khan, 50, poses in black lingerie as she 'refuses to hate herself' after putting on weight

LOOSE Women star Saira Khan "refuses to hate herself" after putting on weight.

The businesswoman, who quit Loose Women in January, embraced her body and encouraged other women to do the same as she posed in black lace lingerie on Instagram today.

Fitness enthusiast Saira, 50, shared in a video today: "I was just going to put a nice photograph of myself, but what I really want to talk about is this.

"Since last September, when I broke my fibular bone until this moment, I haven't been able to do the things that I want to do when it comes to my fitness.

"I'm normally doing burpees, running and loads of cardio. That really has affected my mental health, and as a result, I've been emotionally eating and I have put on fat. I just feel uncomfortable in my clothes and it gets me down."

Saira said despite gaining weight she has been able to lift her spirits with gentle exercise like walking.

"I know when I feel good and energetic and healthy. Since last week, I've been able to walk," she went on.

"Walking has lifted my mood and spirits, and improved my mental health. I'm back into it and I feel really positive again.

"Many of us want to do everything at once, my priority is to heal, so all I can do is walk and I'm going to enjoy it. Now my mental health is back in a good place, I'm going to focus on my diet. In the meantime, I'm not going to hate myself.

"I'm grateful that I have a body that I know how to get fit and healthy and I'm just going to enjoy the process. We beat up ourselves too much.

"I know my shape and when I start putting weight around (my stomach) my body is telling me I'm eating too much and not exercising."

The broadcaster joined the panel of Loose Women in 2015 after shooting to fame on The Apprentice.

She said she was quitting the ITV daytime show in January so that she can "focus on what's important".

Saira went on to admit that while it was a "difficult decision" she felt that she had "nothing left to share" on the programme.

The decision came shortly after Andrea McLean broke down in tears as she announced her own departure from the programme in November.

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