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Phillip Schofield’s sexuality revealed - and now his weight loss secret is too


Phillip Schofield is the award-winning television presenter who has hundreds of thousands of fans across the UK. He appeared with co-star Holly Willoughby on This Morning last week to reveal his news about his sexuality. A secret he has kept for almost 27 years.

But previously – in 2014 – Phillip revealed that he shed two-stone on one particular diet.

The 57-year-old told This Morning viewers he lost two stone and belly fat by following the 5:2 diet.

He later said: “I did the 5:2 diet and I was very happy with the results. I shrunk my stomach down and haven’t put any of it back on.

“It worked so well that it made my appetite really small, that I just eat sensibly now every day.”

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Phillip embarked on the diet for two years – which saw him lose a whopping two stone and leave him at a trim 10st 13lbs.

What is the 5:2 diet?

The 5:2 diet is also known as an intermittent fasting diet, but where most common intermittent diets encourage slimmers to reduce daily calorie intake, the 5:2 diet is slightly different as it’s only part-time.

The basic rule for the part-time diet is that slimmers are able to eat what they want for five days of a seven day week, then dramatically cut the calories for two of the days.

It made headlines in 2013 when the intermittent fasting became the way in which many would lose weight.

People undertaking the diet are advised to eat a ‘normal’ amount of calories over the five days and just eat about 25 percent of the recommended daily intake on two of the days – usually about 500 calories for women and 600 for men.

Previously, Phillip also revealed that he used “intensive pilates” to keep him fit and retain his “core of steel”.

When Phillip was previously on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, he revealed that he was driven to drop to 11 stone after seeing himself looking “a bit porky” in a family photo.

He confessed: “I do intensive pilates, I have a core of steel!

“A lady [Jo Tuffrey] comes every Tuesday to our house and beats the c**p out of me, which is just brilliant. I’ve also got an exercise bike.”

More recently, he showed off his pilate moves alongside his personal pilates trainer, Jo Tuffrey on This Morning.

Jo and Philip started with “the roll down” – which is a warm-up exercise that relives back tensions and stretches your legs.

“We always start with the roll down,” Jo said on This Morning.

“Feet just hip-width apart. Hands down by the side. Take a nice deep breath in,” the pilates expert instructed Phillip.

“Take the chin towards the chest, and start to peel down vertebra by vertebra. Bend through the knees, and hands forward into your plank.”

The expert revealed that the plank is a “fantastic” pilates pose for working in on the arms, and a person’s centre.

“So this is an all-over body strengthening exercise?” Holly Willoughby chimed in to which the expert replied “yes” to.

Other moves they covered during the programme include; The Superman, Tricep Press, The Obloque and The Spine Curl.

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