A strict diet, gruelling exercise and a motivational throwback snap helped Cheryl get her body back...

When Cheryl stepped out at the #Game4
Grenfell charity football match, her midriff proudly on show, it seemed clear she was on a mission. Once the nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl proved she’s well and truly back in business and let her newly slender frame do the talking. But it hasn’t been easy.

After five months of hiding away, Cheryl, 34, stepped out in an outfit that showed the world she’s back in shape, less than six months after giving birth to baby Bear. Cheryl has always had a petite frame, standing at 
5ft 2in and weighing around 8st. However, during her pregnancy, she saw her weight go up to just above 11st.

But she was determined to get her body back – and had a very specific goal in sight.

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‘Cheryl was super-slim before pregnancy, and that former body was always her aim, so she tacked a photo of herself on to her fridge as part 
of her “therapy” to lose the 
3st she gained carrying Bear,’ a well-placed source reveals. ‘The sleepless nights had her up and wanting to eat, but that body was always staring back at her from the fridge door and acting as a massive deterrent.’

As well as using her previous frame as a body 
goal, Cheryl is 
an admirer of Victoria’s Secret model and mum- 
of-two Alessandra Ambrosio. Our source says she’s obsessed with how the 36-year-old has managed to have children and still look so amazing.

Nevertheless, it took more than a photo and a supermodel to keep Cheryl in shape, and that’s where a strict diet plan and a lot of support from boyfriend Liam Payne, 24, came in. We’re told Cheryl drastically cut down on calories to get her body back, having a small breakfast of 
fruit followed by a hearty late lunch.  Of course, working out goes hand in hand with dieting, and Cheryl is still persevering with cardio and weight training to keep her physique toned.

However, although she looks amazing, we’re told the 10-year age gap between her and Liam 
is playing on Cheryl’s mind as she becomes increasingly ‘age conscious’. ‘Despite Liam being madly in love with her, she – like everyone else – can often have insecurities and worries about hot young 20-year-olds,’ reveals our source. ‘She’s not nearly as confident being with such 
a young partner as it seems.’

But we’re relieved to hear that, nonetheless, Cheryl is starting to love her body again and has eased up on the strict diet and fitness plan for now. Stop worrying so much, Cheryl: we think you look great!