The Chase star Mark “The Beast” Labbett has revealed a recent battle with coronavirus was behind his almost five stone weight loss.
The brainiac impressed fans with his weight loss transformation snap, but the truth behind it is seriously worrying.
The 54-year-old explained he was suspected to have caught Covid-19 at the end of February and was sent home from working on The Chase, causing him to miss a handful of episodes.
He said: “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.”
The Chaser detailed “rapid attacks” which saw him shivering “uncontrollably” in the middle of the night, even unable to hold a glass of water because he was shaking so badly.
Speaking of the scary episodes, Mark said: “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.”
Mark described himself as a “self-proclaimed fatty” but said other than his weight, he has always been “quite fit”.
He explained that doctors had placed him in the amber zone for everything barring his weight, which was “firmly in the red”.
However it seems that may be set to change as the quiz pro is continuing his weight loss journey now that he has recovered from coronavirus.
Mark added to The Sun: “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.
“I am still losing weight and beginning to notice the difference in photos which, I can assure you, are not Photoshopped.”
Mark revealed his weight loss with a dramatic photo on social media, in which he held out the waistline of his trousers and showed the extra material.
He wrote: “Lost a bit of waistline, still a long way to go.”
At his heaviest back in 2016, Mark weighted 29st but had dropped to 27.5st earlier this year.
Now he weighs less than 23st but is hoping to lose three more stone.
Mark is trying his hardest to cut out sweet things – especially chocolate – and has been active in lockdown running after his three-year-old son.
He added: “I will say, in all seriousness, that this four-month period has been the toughest of my life.”