The Chase star Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett shows off weight loss after shedding 10 stone

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The Chase star Mark Labbett has revealed he has now lost 10 stone and is the lightest he’s been in years.

Mark, also known as ‘The Beast’, shared his joy over being able to buy clothes “off the peg” for the first time in years.

The 55 year old now weighs 19 stone. But, at his heaviest Mark weighed 29 stone in 2003, during his final year as a full time teacher.

Now the quizmaster, who split from his wife last year after his open marriage failed, has opened up on his transformation and revealed he is “the lightest I’ve been in 25 years”.

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Mark said: “I’m now under 20 stone, and I am really feeling the difference, as well as seeing it.

“I’m now down to a 44-inch waist, my chest is 54 inches, while my neck measurements are down to 19 inches, which is fantastic for me and the top end of a normal man’s range.

“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,” he added to The Sun Online.

Mark is now looking forward to the shops re-opening following the national lockdown, so he can buy “off the peg” clothes.

He said: “As soon as the shops open again, I’m due to do a mega-shop of all the big high street stores because I can now wear Marks & Spencer’s trousers and chinos in an XL.

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to buy off-the-peg in as long as I can remember. I actually ordered a load of sweatpants from M&S but they accidentally sent me some 36 to 38-inch waist ones instead but, shock horror, I could fit into them.

“Granted, they were tight, and they wouldn’t have been comfortable for a gym session, but the fact that I could even put something like that on was amazing.”

Mark has managed to transform his lifestyle without any gastric surgery, quick-fix diet pills or without having to attend a weight loss clinic and has been a meal plan service, Muscle Food, to help him.

The Chase star said he had always been a big-boned child and was cruelly nicknames the “Incredible Hulk” and “Honey Monster” at school “along with other appalling nicknames which I won’t share.

A battle with Covid last year triggered the weight loss after Mark lost his appetite. And he has since upped his exercise regime and eats two meals a day now.

He said: “Sugar has always been my sin, and it’s why I never contemplated a gastric band.

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“But sumo wrestlers die 20 years younger than the rest of the population, and I could do the maths, I knew I had to make a change.

“The more sugar you have, the more you want. Now I’ve reduced it, I’m just not that hungry any more, and often when I’m filming, I miss lunch.

“I always try to have a decent breakfast, a cooked breakfast, because it’s actually quite good for you, and maybe just a muffin or two for lunch if I’m filming.

“I’m often just too exhausted in the evening to eat, and just go to bed without. It works for me.”

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