Mark Labbett: The Chase star warned ‘not to have’ gastric band prior to 10st weight loss

Loose Women: Mark Labbett discusses weight loss

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Mark Labbett, 54, has admitted he lost an incredible 10 stone in weight, after he took control of his diet, cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates. The Chase star was initially going to consider having a gastric band to help with his weight loss, but decided to drop the pounds by adopting a healthy lifestyle and going under a complete nutrition overhaul.

Sugar has always been my downfall

Mark Labbett

His friend had advised him not to have a gastric band because of how he gets his calories from sugar, which is difficult to digest.

The Chase star also credited keeping up with his “hyperactive” son for his dramatic weight loss.

Speaking on why he chose not to have surgery, Mark said: “I’m not a drinker but sugar has always been my downfall. 

“A good friend of mine who had the gastric band said it won’t do any good for me as I get all my calories by sugar, and it’s too easy to digest.

He added while on Loose Women today: “I still have sugar but an awful lot less. I should have less still.”

Mark told the panel: “I am gradually dropping excess 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 started losing weight.  

He continued: “The principal thing is running after a hyperactive toddler when nurseries have been shut.”

The star divulged that he had been left exhausted after caring for his toddler which stopped him from eating unnecessarily. 

“I’m sure every woman knows this, how do you keep up with them? I found at the end of the evening instead of going to the fridge for late-night snacking, all I could do was collapse on the bed.”

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The Chase star shared his weight further dropped off after he began to suffer Covid-like symptoms a year ago. 

He said: “I’ve been lucky, in that a year ago I had suspected Covid, I lost my sense of taste and I didn’t want to eat in these two weeks. 

“Being a big guy like myself the weight falls off now. I don’t feel like eating as much so I eat less and lose more weight.”

Mark also opened up on his love life, after he broke up with his wife Katie Labbett in August last year.

It was revealed at the time Katie, who works as a nurse, had been seeing her senior design engineer lover Scott Bate, 30, for 18 months, following their split. 

The Chaser shared: “Well let me put it this way I don’t think it’s possible to do any kind of dating while in lockdown.

“Let’s say I’m married to my work.  My priority is on my son.”

Beat The Chasers airs on ITV on Saturday March 27 at 8.30pm.

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