Gemma Atkinson has piled on 14lbs since taking part in 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Atkinson

The 33-year-old actress - who has always been into health and fitness - has shot up to 11.8 stone since the start of September because she's been scoffing cakes, chocolates, doughnuts and pizzas after training for the ballroom and latin show.

She's quoted by The Sun newspaper, she said: "Since 'Strictly Come Dancing' started both my training and my diet especially, have been neglected.

"I'd be lying if I said a part of me isn't enjoying the daily cakes, doughnuts, pizzas and chocolates but I'd also be lying if I said I could live on them daily long term. It pretty much puts me at the bottom of the pile when it comes to looking and feeling my best."

Since she joined the show, the blonde beauty has been romantically linked to Gorka Marquez - who is partnered with Alexandra Burke - but she's adamant they're not dating because she doesn't have the time to focus on a relationship at the moment.

She said recently: "I think because we all get on, people have to create drama. I know people want to see a 'Strictly' romance but I'm not going to be giving you any, I'm afraid, because I'm so focused on my dancing.

"Maybe once the series is over, but not right now ... We'll see what happens [after the show]. I have a big girl crush on Debbie McGee, though. Her body is amazing!"

The former 'Emmerdale' star's sole focus is trying to triumph on the show for both herself and her professional partner Aljaž Škorjanec.

She added: "I'm just focused on getting through week by week, but I would love to win for Aljaž. He is due another win, and I want to win representing the north too.

"We haven't had one argument. He is like a brother to me and I know I will stay friends with him for ever. I get on really well with his [dancer] wife Janette [Manrara] too.

"I don't feel guilty about taking her husband away up to Manchester for most of the week because they live and work together, so I think Janette is glad of the break!"

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