The Chase star Mark Labbett says he feels “guilty” about his weight loss.
Labbett recently revealed he’s lost 63kg in a year. The Beast, as he’s known on the show, has made no secret of his weight loss journey, sharing regular social media posts showing how he’s shifted the weight.
However, he’s now spoken on BBC radio about how life in lockdown was “stressful” and that he didn’t “consciously” decide to lose weight.
He revealed he’d been kept busy taking care of his three-year-old son while his former wife Katie Labbett, who works as a nurse, was on the frontline.
Labbett was asked if his type 2 diabetes diagnosis was what prompted his push to lose weight.
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“It wasn’t the driver, I feel guilty about saying it. I didn’t consciously do it.
“It was the combination of the stress of lockdown. I think a change in my medicine,” he said.
“I did get a better diet with a muscle food company that was supplying me with protein.
“I think the major thing was that I had to look after my son while my wife was being a nurse on the front line. And looking after him 24/7 almost killed me.
“By the end of the day, I was exhausted. I think that was one of the reasons I would collapse into a heap rather than grabbing a snack at 7 or 8pm.”
Earlier in March, Labbett explained his weight loss had helped him see major differences in his daily life.
“This is the lightest I’ve been in 25 years. I’m now under 20 stone (127 kg), and I am really feeling the difference, as well as seeing it.
“My knees really feel the difference. I will never be athletic again but I just move so much better for not carrying that extra weight.”