The reality star, 28, has embarked upon a new fitness and health regime after putting on around 16lbs after two back-to-back holidays.
Maria told The Mirror: "When I put on weight it all goes on around my lower abdomen and muffin tops and it looks really unsightly when I am wearing lycra in the gym. On a bad day I have got more muffin tops than a cake shop!
"He'd clearly caught me on a bad day and innocently asked me if I was pregnant, expecting me to announce the happy news! Nothing could be further from the truth - I just had a 'bit of a gut' on me at the moment, as they say from where I am from."
Maria is now undertaking a six-week body blitz with Forza Supplements to regain her figure.
Maria underwent full body liposuction three years ago, dropping from a size twelve to a size six. At the time, she said she'd gained weight after moving to Scotland to live with then-boyfriend Lee Croft.
She told us: "When we split up, I thought, 'Right, I want to get in shape.' I didn't have a man so I wanted to concentrate on looking good and getting happiness from that."
Maria made headlines last month when she chopped her long hair into a chic and stylish blonde bob.
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