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Gok Wan admits his ‘confidence has improved’ since he started running


He has been showing off his slimmer frame after completing the Couch to 5K fitness challenge.

And Gok Wan has admitted that his ‘confidence has improved’ since he started running after ‘overindulging’ on food during lockdown.

The stylist and professional chef, 46, insisted that he ‘doesn’t weigh himself’ but that he has noticed a difference in his body, joking: ‘Now I’ve actually got bum cheeks!’

Looking good: Gok Wan has admitted that his ‘confidence has improved’ since he started running after ‘overindulging’ on food during lockdown (pictured in March)

Gok has previously reflected on the darker times in his youth, where he struggled with both obesity and anorexia. He once weighed 21 stone and developed a serious eating disorder where he lost 11 stone in eight months.

The presenter told The Sun: ‘I don’t weigh myself because it’s a bit of a trigger from my old days. I don’t think I’ve lost that much. I think my body has just changed, that’s all. I’m fitter and I’ve noticed and felt a real difference in my clothing. 

‘I feel a difference in how I move, actually, which has been a really interesting thing. I’m far more agile and relaxed, and my confidence has improved. When you feel fitter and stronger it makes you walk differently and sit differently. You behave differently.’

Gok admitted that people think he is a ‘massive ball of confidence’ yet he found being home alone during the pandemic ‘genuinely really scary’.

Overhaul: The stylist and professional chef, 46, insisted that he 'doesn't weigh himself' but that he has noticed a difference in his body, joking: 'Now I've actually got bum cheeks!' (pictured in 2019)

Overhaul: The stylist and professional chef, 46, insisted that he ‘doesn’t weigh himself’ but that he has noticed a difference in his body, joking: ‘Now I’ve actually got bum cheeks!’ (pictured in 2019) 

Slim: He has been showing off his slimmer frame after completing the Couch to 5K fitness challenge (pictured this week)

Changes: Gok (pictured in February) has not revealed how much weight he has lost by running three times a week, but he has kept fans up to date with regular selfies before his jogs

Changes: Gok (pictured right in February) has been showing off his slimmer frame after completing the Couch to 5K fitness challenge (pictured left this week) 

Talking about the ‘tough’ period, the stylist said that he ‘overindulged in everything’, including social media, phone use and food as it was a ‘novelty’.

Gok said that by the third lockdown in December, he decided to overhaul his lifestyle by starting the Couch to 5K fitness challenge and soon ‘stuck at it’ as he could feel the ‘benefits instantly’.

The presenter even joked that he has got This Morning co-stars Ruth Langsford and Alice Beer inspired to take up running.

Gok insisted that he doesn’t want to sign up for the London Marathon and is instead happy running 5K twice to three times a week. 

Great job: Gok said that by the third lockdown in December, he decided to overhaul his lifestyle by starting the Couch to 5K fitness challenge and soon 'stuck at it' as he could feel the 'benefits instantly'

Great job: Gok said that by the third lockdown in December, he decided to overhaul his lifestyle by starting the Couch to 5K fitness challenge and soon ‘stuck at it’ as he could feel the ‘benefits instantly’ 

In 2017, Gok reflected on the darker times in his youth, and he previously spoke about his struggle with both obesity and anorexia on This Morning.

The fashion guru explained that his issues began when he moved to London at 21 stone – with the pressure of wanting to look like his fellow drama students driving him to lose over half of his body weight, in just eight months.

The TV personality explained that his difficulties with eating first stemmed from the fact his family owned a Chinese restaurant in Leicester, where he had his first job.

Discussing the time, which saw him pile on the pounds during high school, he revealed: ‘We loved our food. We had a restaurant, food was epicentre of life.’ 

Admitting they had been oblivious to his appearance, he continued: ‘We were fine, it was the everyone else who had a problem with the way we looked.

‘It wasn’t until I was 21 stone and moved to London to go to drama school that I saw people looked very different to me.’

However, while this spurred the presenter on to shed the pounds, Gok then took it too far in the other direction – and developed anorexia while at university.

Revealing the dramatic effects of his condition, he shocked viewers by admitting: ‘I started dieting, and lost 11 stone in eight months. I had a very severe eating disorder.’

Candid: Gok has previously reflected on the darker times in his youth, where he struggled with both obesity and anorexia. He once weighed 21 stone, pictured, and developed a serious eating disorder where he lost 11 stone in eight months

Candid: Gok has previously reflected on the darker times in his youth, where he struggled with both obesity and anorexia. He once weighed 21 stone, pictured, and developed a serious eating disorder where he lost 11 stone in eight months  

However when asked if he felt like he had reinvented himself through weight loss, Gok admitted he was still the same person on the inside – and has continued to be shy for the duration of his career.

He continued: ‘I did reinvent myself. But I feel like I’m still that fat kid who would sit in the room and not want to be centre of attention. I’m very shy deep down.

‘But I’ve had wonderful experiences in my life, and I feel like my life has only just started.’

Speaking out: Gok (pictured in 2018) first opened up about his anorexia back in 2015, saying at the time that it was something he struggled with every day

Speaking out: Gok (pictured in 2018) first opened up about his anorexia back in 2015, saying at the time that it was something he struggled with every day

Gok first opened up about his anorexia back in 2015, saying at the time that it was something he struggled with every day.

In his autobiography he detailed how he would survive on nothing but fruit and honey for weeks on end, and would take up to 50 laxatives a day in a bid to slim down.

However after slowly recovering with the help of his family, the star later regained his confidence back and went on to bag the hosting role on How To Look Good Naked.

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The man we know and love: After recovering with the help of his family, the star later regained his confidence and went on to bag the hosting role on How To Look Good Naked (pictured)

The man we know and love: After recovering with the help of his family, the star later regained his confidence and went on to bag the hosting role on How To Look Good Naked (pictured)



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