ITV The Chase star Mark Labbett shares 'old fashioned' secret to 10 stone weight loss

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Mark Labbett, known as The Beast on ITV's The Chase, has lost nearly ten stone in weight using traditional methods.

Unlike many celebrities, Mark didn't resort to gastric sleeve surgery or a weight loss jab for his transformation. Instead, he made three simple lifestyle changes, with his pet dog playing a supportive role.

At his heaviest, the 6ft 6ins star weighed 29 stone while working as a teacher in 2003. However, a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2017 served as a wake-up call, prompting him to overhaul his lifestyle and drop from a size 5XL to XL.

Speaking to Loose Women after his impressive weight loss, Mark said: "I'm not really trying to diet, I'm just being sensible," He added: "People say you've had the gastric sleeve or band and I haven't."

"I was tempted by the gastric band but a good friend of mine who's a GP said my problem is sugar, I have a sweet tooth," Mark told The Sun. "A gastric band is useless for me because sugar metabolises quite quickly so I've done it the old fashion way by eating a bit less and I've tried to go to the gym.", reports the Mirror.

His girlfriend, presenter Hayley Palmer, has shared workout clips of Mark on social media, writing: "I'm so proud of @markthebeatlabbett. He started to come to the gym with me in the mornings and he is doing so well. He is down to 124 kilos/ 19.5 stone. We're planning to tone and improving conditioning."

Mark also regularly shares photos of the healthy meals he enjoys, including a plate of steak and grilled tomatoes.

Mark credits his golden retriever Baloo as his 'personal trainer', helping him to stay active. "I was walking him around the fields," he explained.

"I think he's helped a lot simply because I'm doing more activity."

Mark and Hayley, 42, first crossed paths at the National Television Awards in 2021, where Mark made a memorable impression. "I got introduced to him and he was like: 'Do you know what I've got? '," Hayley recounted.

"And then he whips out his Toby Carvery Gold Card. I was actually really impressed. I thought: 'I haven't seen this before'. It totally worked. I was trying to steal it. We had a really good laugh."

Despite living apart, with Hayley residing in Chelsea, London, and Mark in Rotherham, the couple manages to keep their relationship strong. "The good news is we see each other every few weeks but we make the most of it when we're together," Mark shared.

"You get the best of both worlds."

Previously, The Beast was married to Katie, who was 17 years younger than him, for seven years. They share a son, Lawrence, and initially met on social media in 2010.

Their marriage ceremony took place at Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex in 2014, but they separated in 2020.

"There was never any deceit on Katie's part but it's got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly," Mark stated when their breakup was made public. The former couple, who were second cousins, both claimed they were unaware of their familial ties when they started their relationship.

"It wasn't something we were aware of at the time it was one of those things that happened," he explained on Loose Women.