The Chase star Mark Labbett says a suspected Covid-19 battle led to his dramatic weight loss.
Labbett, also affectionately known as "The Beast", gave an interview to The Sun on Sunday saying he lost 31kg since February after battling what he believes was Covid-19.
“Because the testing capacity was so limited then, I never formally got a test but all I can say is that for two weeks I had complete loss of appetite, no sense of smell, a temperature, exhaustion and the worst fever of my life," he told The Sun on Sunday.
“Apparently one of the symptoms they’re discovering now is rapid attacks. One morning I woke up at 1.30am shivering uncontrollably. I had to go downstairs to alter the central heating, and I couldn’t hold a pint of water in one hand because I was shaking so much.
“For these brief spells you thought you’d need to be hospitalised but 10 minutes later, you’d be fine. It felt like going one particularly brutal round with Mike Tyson."
He then outlined how the illness spurred his recent weight loss.
“As a self-proclaimed fatty, of course I was aware that having Covid wasn’t good, and clearly increased the severity of my risk. At my last medical, the tests were based around a Christmas tree system – red, amber and green.
“Although I am fat I’ve always been quite fit, so everything else was in the amber zone except my weight which was firmly in the red.
“I basically didn’t eat for two weeks but since then the weight has continued to drop off because I have continued to eat sensibly. I knew I had to,” Labbett said.
After weighing more than 170kg, Labbett says he is now under 140kg.