Debbie McGee, 62, shedding ‘a pound a day’ on new diet after weight gain in lockdown

Debbie McGee discusses changes to her weight in lockdown

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Debbie McGee has revealed how she put on half a stone during the national lockdown, detailing all in a YouTube appearance. The 62-year-old TV and radio star spoke of her weight gain and how she was losing the extra pounds on the Wonderbirds series.

Debbie made her comments while chatting to fellow guests Cheryl Baker, Michael Simkins and Hilary O’Neil.

Talking about her own weight gain, she told her co-stars: “I put on weight in lockdown. I put on half a stone.

“I’ve just lost my weight by eating the most amazing food,” she went on to add.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star said her weight loss was all down to a new recipe book that she was following.

“So I won’t bore you with it all but I found a book, 30 minute meals. Low carb, which I’ve never been able to do because I thought I wouldn’t have any energy, but you can eat cream and full-fat yoghurt and all these wonderful recipes,” she explained.

“It’s the Caldesi diabetes book but it’s for weight loss as well.

“You can eat cream and cheese and all the things I absolutely adore but because I’m not eating so many carbs, it turns that food into energy and burns the fat off your body.

“And I’ve lost a pound a day and I’ve only been on it since Friday,” she revealed.

The conversation turned to weight loss when the panel started talking about their childhoods.

Michael revealed that he was “enormously fat” as a child.

He said it was partly due to the fact that his parents had their own sweet shop in Brighton when he was growing up.

The actor said they had virtually no control over his caloric consumption at the time, as running the local store was a “murderous occupation”.

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This led Debbie to talk about her own youth.

“My dad had a corner shop until I was about 14 and so I kind of understand that although of course it wasn’t just sweets.

“But a little thing I will tell you, which now I find really funny.

“If mum and dad were going out for the evening, we were allowed to choose ourselves whatever we wanted for our dinner, and I always had Vesta beef curry.

“Can anyone remember those?

“Fried, vacuum-packed, revolting… I thought it was lovely and in those days you didn’t get curry in England.

“And that’s my memory. So I didn’t get fat.”

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