Jason Manford loses three stone in months after shock at creeping up to 17 stone

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His sharp fuchsia jacket reflecting a brand new confidence in his stance and spring in his step, Jason Manford feels a shocking lightness in his slim shoulders.

The comic reveals he has shed virtually 3st since New Yr’s Day when he made a decision to shed pounds.

Nevertheless it’s not only a bodily factor, this gentle, carefree feeling.

It comes from not worrying about how heavy he’s. He says: “You get to the purpose the place you go ‘Am I getting sufficient pleasure out of life if I’m excited about my weight?’.

“I believe I’ve considered my weight on daily basis of my grownup life.

Jason seems superb after his weight reduction


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“Not crying about it, however gone upstairs and tried to place one thing on that doesn’t match, or bought out of breath chasing the children. To get to a degree the place I’m excited about it in a optimistic method feels good.”

He admits: “What I don’t wish to be excited about is digicam angles, ‘Do I look fats from that angle?… Is my stomach exhibiting from there?’”

There appears little hazard of that now, having gone from 17st 5lb to 14st 10lb. Seeing the determine on the scales tick down is a continuing increase for Jason.

Jason performing earlier than his weight reduction


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“I get a little bit of a buzz out of it,” he says. To find the TV presenter has been troubled by his look all these years is a shock.

For a few years it was his shtick. It was throughout an early stand-up gig aged 17 that he was first referred to as “the fats Michael Owen”.

The heckle flew out of the baying crowd and whacked the Mancunian more durable than any soccer.

But when briefly winded, he determined it was fairly good, and that he would use it.

“I keep in mind going ‘What?’. Clearly everyone seems to be a fats model of an expert athlete,” he laughs.

“However then I began to jot down jokes about being obese – you may take the ability away from the bully or the heckler – they had been my defence.

Jason along with his spouse Lucy Dyke


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“I used it rather a lot, the fats Michael Owen was one in all my first jokes at my first Dwell on the Apollo look.”

It caught. Jason, who was amassing bottles at a Manchester comedy membership earlier than getting an opportunity on stage, quickly grew in reputation.

He joined Channel four panel present eight Out of 10 Cats, then started presenting BBC programme The One Present in 2010. In an interview on the time, co-host Alex Jones was requested to call one in all his gags and answered: “He’s a fats Michael Owen.”

Jason, 40, says: “Most comics I believed had been humorous had been obese. In case you are lean and handsome an viewers will go ‘What’s your battle been?’.

“You suppose ‘Will I nonetheless be humorous if I’m slim?’. I had a routine about getting caught in a water slide as somebody was coming down behind me.

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“It was a superb 20-minute routine and I believed, ‘If I did begin shedding some weight now, I’d must lose these jokes’.”

Whereas quipping on stage that Vimto and Jaffa Muffins needs to be included in your 5 a day, off stage Jason was repeatedly attempting diets, at greatest shedding a few stone, then gaining it once more.

A number of years in the past his physician warned him he was overweight. Climbing on the scales on New Yr’s Day and seeing he was 17st 5lb shocked him into motion.

He started recording his weight on daily basis and counting energy – aiming for 1,500 to 2,000 a day – and conserving in deficit, strolling extra, going to the gymnasium possibly twice per week, however not banning any meals.

Once we converse he’s 14st 10lb, and has managed to get in dimension 34 denims after reaching dimension 40.

He says: “I attempted each weight-reduction plan – Keto, Atkins, Cambridge, low carbs. I had a colonic as soon as and thought ‘I received’t be doing that once more’. One 12 months it [was] simply milkshakes – I misplaced weight however felt rotten. One terrible one [was] a 10-day quick with water with maple syrup, lemon, cayenne pepper. It was terrible – you couldn’t be greater than two doorways away from a rest room.”

The important thing now, he says, is conserving it easy – consuming much less and shifting extra.

Jason has been supported by his spouse and youngsters – he has 4 from his first marriage, and two from his second – but additionally by a Fb group he arrange in 2017 throughout an earlier weight-reduction plan try.

The Jason Manford Weight Loss Help Group – initially The Jason ManFat Weight Loss Group – has 78,000 members. They embrace new mums, individuals attempting to keep away from weight reduction surgical procedure, even a lady who wanted to shed pounds to qualify for fertility remedy and who now has a toddler.

Manchester Metropolis fan Jason, who has appeared in musicals corresponding to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, says: “Usually, caring about look might be seen as a feminine factor. So to see a number of the males say ‘I’ve been struggling’ is shifting.

“They’ll chortle about being the chunky one in all their buddies’ group, however really they don’t prefer it and don’t wish to be that individual any extra.”

Is that him to some extent? “I suppose so,” he says. He insists his weight hasn’t made him “unhappy”, however admits to low temper and nervousness earlier this 12 months. Numerous issues had been on his thoughts. He says: “The instances we’re going by means of, questioning if you’ll work once more; my gran’s not getting any youthful, well being with my dad and mom; after which my youngsters.

“There’s a presumption you’re on the telly and also you’re nice, however like anybody, your issues are your issues.”

Final week he had surgical procedure to take care of one drawback – bone spurs in his ankles.

He says: “I’ve been that means to have it finished for some time because it’s been inflicting me a little bit of ache, nevertheless it’s all good now.”

His weight reduction has helped his outlook. Jason nonetheless has treats, the odd pudding or kebab, he simply retains a watch on energy.

From August he’ll begin a 180-date tour referred to as Like Me. Minus fats jokes.

Can he nonetheless be humorous as a thinner man? “Onlytime will inform,” he says laughing. “I’m not apprehensive about happening tour and searching like an Adonis, that’s by no means going to occur.”

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