Belfast Telegraph

Hairy Bikers' weight loss challenge

British designer Paul Smith encouraged The Hairy Bikers to pull their socks up when it comes to eating healthily, after he told them he does not make clothes for "fat blokes".

Dave Myers and Si King recently decided they needed to lay off the pies and fight the flab, which they have documented in their latest TV series Hairy Bikers: How to Love Food and Lose Weight for BBC2.

Dave revealed to the Radio Times that while he and Si were both taking medication for high blood-pressure and high cholesterol, their health kick was partly an act of vanity.

He explained he was a big fan of Paul Smith clothes and was delighted when he and Si bumped into the designer in a hotel bar.

Dave revealed: "He was a lovely fella. I said, 'I love your clothes Paul. Why don't you do them in bigger sizes?' He said, 'I don't do clothes for fat blokes.' Except he didn't say 'blokes'.

"I said, 'I've got your cologne and your cufflinks.' He said, 'Well, you'll be fine with my socks and ties then, mate.' So when Si and I decided to diet, that was my target - get into a Paul Smith suit."

The pair have now shed pounds and inches thanks to adopting a balanced diet and taking up exercise. But they won't be giving up the pies for good.

Si said: "We are not going to stop drinking beer and eating pies. That's not where this is at. The reality is that we were overweight to the point where it was starting to effect our health. We though 'OK, we've got to do something about it."

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