Mel B no longer feels like a “slug”.

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The former Spice Girl – who gained 66lbs while she was pregnant with her third child Madison in September – has lost weight thanks to a strict diet and fitness regime, and is glad to feel like her former self again.

She said: “I don’t feel so much like a slug! I feel so alive and I have to much more energy. And when I walk, my things aren’t constantly touching – just every other step instead of every step!”

Mel – who is a spokesperson for weight loss company Jenny Craig – also believes losing the pounds has helped her be a better mother to Madison and her older children Phoenix, 13, and Angel, four.

In an interview with HELLO! magazine, she said: “Losing the weight has helped me be the best mother possible. My energy’s up, my brain’s more alert and it’s just more enjoyable. Everything doesn’t feel like so much of an effort.

“And it helps that Angel is no longer playing my bum like a bongo drum, telling me how big it is!”

Now living in Australia where she works on various TV shows including The X Factor, British born-Mel is keen to embrace the sunshine lifestyle, but her body isn’t quite up to the standard of the famous babes on Bondi Beach yet.

The 36-year-old star – who is married to Stephen Belafonte – said: “I haven’t even been bikini shopping yet. To be honest, I’m not sure I can compete with the hot Bondi Beach babes just yet, but I’m fit and healthy and ready to dive into the Aussie lifestyle.”