The weight fell off me! The Chase star Mark Labbett talks secret to his changing shape
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Mark Labbett, who is best known as The Beast on The Chase, has shed the pounds and admitted his transformation was most noticeable during the recent lockdown. The quizmaster, who has lost a phenomenal 10 stone, has now offered his best tips for keeping the weight down.
The 56-year-old had previously credited cutting out carbohydrates from his diet but in recent months, his weight loss was aided by the help of someone else.
The Chase star revealed that getting into shape has been a journey, and it hasn’t been without its ups and downs.
At his heaviest, Mark weighed 29 stone, but being diagnosed with diabetes in 2017 sparked a change for him.
Addressing his recent weight loss, the TV star credited spending time with his young son during the lockdown.
The quizzer, who shares a child with his wife Katie Labbett, admitted he had his work cut out for him with his little one.
“I had been getting fit anyway being in lockdown because my wife works as a nurse and I was the primary carer for our son,” Mark explained.
“And I soon found that looking after an active three-year-old is tough.”
He continued: “Looking after a hyperactive toddler when you are a 50-something overweight man is even tougher.
“The weight just fell off me just chasing after him.”
He added: “Now that we’ve got through lockdown, I want to continue the good work, as it were, and not let the weight pile on.”
The Chase favourite revealed that he was also able to take time out from eating badly due to being on the road.
He commented: “I’ve always tried to lose weight. I tried not to eat too much.
“But it just shows after all of last year, I was on my feet a lot more, looking after the youngster, taking the dog for a walk.
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“And perhaps coincidentally, not being on the road and eating a lot of pub meals and breakfasts, stuff like that. I just didn’t put the calories on. I feel like a bit of a cheat in one sense.”
Mark continued: “I lost quite a bit of the weight without dieting.
“I suppose when you are up at that kind of weight and you suddenly can’t eat a large amount of high-calorie food, the weight does fall off you. Especially when you do a little bit of exercise.
“I used to hit the gym a lot. The gym was good for feeling good but not for taking the weight off.”
Mark tipped the scales at 29 stone, but after shedding the pounds, he now weighs in at 19 stone.
“I’ve still got a way to go. It turned out a couple of years ago I wasn’t far away from being nondiabetic,” he said. “I got pretty close to it. Unfortunately, I let myself go a bit because I didn’t know at the time.”
The Chase star has since teamed up with Fitbit and Diabetes UK – the leading charity for people affected by diabetes – for the One Million Step Challenge to encourage participants to take 10,000 steps a day.
Beat The Chasers airs tonight on ITV at 8.30pm.
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