By Daily Mail Reporter

Her boyfriend's been in training to run a half marathon this weekend, so it seems like TOWIE's Gemma Collins has been eating for the both of them.

The bubbly reality star, who has always struggled with her weight, took a break from a hectic day's shopping in her native Brentwood in Essex yesterday (Saturday) to have some lunch at KFC.

Despite spending a lot of time and effort trying to get in shape at boot camp, Gemma seems to have resigned herself to current weight and would rather tuck into a tasty meal than worry about calories.

What diet? TOWIE star Gemma Collins tucks into a a meal of fried chicken during a day out in Brentford, Essex

The much-loved reality star had been visiting former TOWIE cast member Amy Childs at her boutique earlier in the day and had clearly worked up a hunger.

With a box of popcorn chicken in front of her, she didn't waste much time in polishing off the fried food.

Wearing a loose-fitting pink and white sundress, Gemma seemed set on enjoying the last of the warm weather and showing off her holiday tan.

A hard day's work: Gemma opted for an energy boosting lunch after a busy morning at the shops

Wearing gold flip-flops and red aviators Gemma looked ready for a heatwave as she clutched bags of goodies from her friend's shop.

Despite their ups and downs, Gemma seems to have found love with co-star James Argent although she stayed in Essex this weekend while he travelled up to Newcastle to take part in The Great North Run.

The dark-haired TV star has also been struggling with his weight but seems to be taking steps to get down to a healthier size.

Yum! Gemma enjoys her fried chicken while her boyfriend takes on a half marathon in Newcastle

All smiles: The TOWIE star seems in a great mood as she hits the shops in her home town of Brentwood

Although his girlfriend was nowhere to be seen, Arg tweeted a picture of himself at he start-line with Jenni Falconer, writing:

'About to take part in The Great North Run Newcastle in aid of @PrideofBritain with @NeilDobias !!!!

Getting in shape: Gemma's boyfriend James Argent has spent the day running the Great North Run alongside Jenni Falconer

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