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Mark Labbett has lost an impressive 10 stone, or 140lbs. The game show quizzer did it by cutting out carbohydrates, also known as sugars, starch or fibre.
He told ITV’s Loose Women: “I am gradually dropping Xs off my size. I’ve gone from 5XL to 4XL and it looks like the next time I go shopping I’ll be able to squeeze into XL underpants.
“I’ve lost 10 stone, I was 29 stone when I was a full-time teacher in 2003 and I was in danger of high blood pressure.
“I’ve been around 26 stone up until lockdown, and then a few things happened quite nicely and came together and I started losing weight.”
He went on: “I’m on a high protein diet with the good people at Muscle Food so eating an awful lot of lean meat and much as I love chips and other carbs, I am having quite a bit less than I used to.”
Carbohydrates are found in sugars, such as sweets, honey, fruit juice, starches, such as bread, rice and pasta, and fibres, like vegetables and whole grains.
Carbs are the body’s main source of energy, and some are better for you than others.
So, what does an expert make of Mark Labbett’s diet?
Nutritionist Tamara Willner, for NHS-backed healthy eating plan Second Nature, looked at “The Beast’s” diet plan.
She told Express.co.uk: “Mark’s weight loss happened over a long period of time, which is healthier than losing weight very quickly.
“If we lose weight slowly over time and work on adjusting our habits and learning new healthy behaviours, we’re much more likely to keep off the weight that we lose.”
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She went on: “Research suggests that a low-carb diet is incredibly effective for those living with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes in controlling blood sugar levels.
“It’s also an effective way to lose weight in the long term, as you’re less likely to feel hungry.
“Lower carb diets are naturally higher in protein and healthy fats, which are digested more slowly than carbohydrates.
“That means you’re less likely to experience dramatic blood sugar spikes and you’ll feel fuller for longer, provided you choose less processed, healthy protein and fat options.”
Speaking about Mark’s MuscleFood plan, she said: “The ‘MuscleFood goal getters’ plans are very convenient for those of us with some extra cash, who’re low on time.
“However, it doesn’t teach us the science behind how our bodies work and unless you decide to continue with the plan indefinitely, you might struggle when you return to cooking for yourself.
“If you do opt for a convenient food delivery plan, I’d suggest doing this in the short term and then making sure you join a plan that teaches you about nutrition and your body to achieve your goals in the long term, like Second Nature.
“There’s a focus with this plan on calories, as you choose the number of calories that you want to eat each day.
“Aside from the psychological effect that calorie counting can promote, it assumes that all calories are digested the same way and have similar effects on our bodies. However, this isn’t the case.
“The plan promotes some foods that are highly processed and contain artificial sweeteners, but these can increase our sweet cravings and the research isn’t yet conclusive as to the long-term effects these can have on our weight. I’d recommend always going for less processed whole foods.”
Another TV star followed a low carb plan to lose weight.
Daisy May Cooper’s weight loss is down the keto diet, the star told fans.
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