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Les Dennis reveals he’s lost 19Ibs and ‘reversed’ his pre-diabetes

Les Dennis has revealed he’s lost 19Ibs after taking part in a Sport Relief challenge to overturn his unhealthy lifestyle.

The 64-year-old TV star joined Susannah Constantine, Tameka Empson and Miles Jupp for Famously Unfit in a mission to regain their fitness over ten weeks.

Les has praised the TV challenge with changing his life, revealing during an interview on Wednesday’s This Morning that he has dropped 19Ibs and has ‘reversed’ his pre-diabetes state.  

Health kick: Les Dennis has revealed he’s lost 19Ibs after taking part in a Sport Relief challenge to overturn his unhealthy lifestyle

He told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: ‘This challenge from Sport Relief came as a blessing at just the right time. I was in a bit of denial.’

‘My wife was like, we need to get this sorted. I was pre diabetic. I realised I had to do something but where to start and what to you do?’

‘So the motivation of having a team and knowing you were doing it for such a great cause as Sport Relief as well was so important. I had got to the ‘now I’m 64′ age. My dad died at 65, so a lot of warnings were coming my way.’

Before: Les, pictured in March 2016, has revealed that he has 'reversed' his pre-diabetes state

Before: Les, pictured in March 2016, has revealed that he has ‘reversed’ his pre-diabetes state

Unfit: The TV presenter has joined Susannah Constantine, Tameka Empson and Miles Jupp for Famously Unfit in a mission to regain their fitness over ten weeks

Unfit: The TV presenter has joined Susannah Constantine, Tameka Empson and Miles Jupp for Famously Unfit in a mission to regain their fitness over ten weeks

He said the exercise was intense and the team bonded on the day they met and, as well as losing 19 lbs he has been able to reverse his pre-diabetic diagnosis.

Les added: ‘I’m still doing it [the exercise]. We got a little Whatsapp group together. We are all on our Fit Bits. What we want to do is encourage the nation to get out and move.’

‘There is an app to encourage the nation to do a billion steps a day. I did 6.5 k this morning around the South Bank and back.’

The Family Fortunes legend added his other main motivation was his young children, Eleanor, nine, and Thomas, six, who he shares with wife Claire Nicholson. 

Denial: Les told This Morning's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: 'This challenge from Sport Relief came as a blessing at just the right time. I was in a bit of denial'

Denial: Les told This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘This challenge from Sport Relief came as a blessing at just the right time. I was in a bit of denial’

Fitness plan: 'My wife was like, we need to get this sorted. I was pre diabetic. I realised I had to do something but where to start and what to you do?' Les explained

Fitness plan: ‘My wife was like, we need to get this sorted. I was pre diabetic. I realised I had to do something but where to start and what to you do?’ Les explained

‘It helps you mentally. It’s amazing. For me, for my kids, I have two little kids as well as a grown up son. Instead of running after them, I want to run with them,’ Les added.

The star even teased fans as he declared he’d be up for taking part in Strictly Come Dancing. Revealing he’s been asked previously, Les said:

‘[The BBC] approached me when I was in Coronation Street and when you’re there you just can’t do it.  It’s a blanket no for everyone on the soap.’

However, it seemed he would be keen to take part in the competition now he’s free from Corrie as he then turned to the camera, with a big grin and declared: ‘I would love to do Strictly Come Dancing!’ 

Family man: The Family Fortunes legend added his other main motivation was his young children, Eleanor, nine, and Thoma , six, who he shares with wife Claire Nicholson

Family man: The Family Fortunes legend added his other main motivation was his young children, Eleanor, nine, and Thoma , six, who he shares with wife Claire Nicholson

Family man: The Family Fortunes legend added his other main motivation was his young children, Eleanor, nine, and Thoma , six, who he shares with wife Claire Nicholson

Kids: 'It helps you mentally. It's amazing. For me, for my kids, I have two little kids as well as a grown up son. Instead of running after them, I want to run with them,' Les added

Kids: ‘It helps you mentally. It’s amazing. For me, for my kids, I have two little kids as well as a grown up son. Instead of running after them, I want to run with them,’ Les added



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