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It's not an illusion! How these NI people slimmed down over lockdown

Faced with months at home, many NI people decided to kick-start a new healthier lifestyle. Mentalist David Meade, a husband and wife and a businesswoman talk to Stephanie Bell and Leona O'Neill

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Slimmed down: David Meade

Slimmed down: David Meade

Before his weight loss

Before his weight loss

Joint effort: Harry and Antoinette Conlon after weight loss

Joint effort: Harry and Antoinette Conlon after weight loss

Before their weight loss

Before their weight loss

With their kids Annarose, Sophie, Faith and Harrison

With their kids Annarose, Sophie, Faith and Harrison

Success story: Lynda Wycherley after weight loss

Success story: Lynda Wycherley after weight loss

Before her weight loss

Before her weight loss

Slimmed down: David Meade

Broadcaster and world renowned keynote speaker David Meade (36) is best-known for his mesmerising illusions and mindreading skills. And during lockdown he's carried out a now you see it, now you don't trick of his own, losing three stone thanks to a break from stodgy airplane food and room service.

"Lockdown has had the biggest impact on my work," he says. "If I look at the week before lockdown came into force, on the Monday I was in Dallas, Tuesday in Philadelphia, Wednesday in Mexico City, Thursday in Miami and Friday I was back home for the tour. So I'm typically looking at between five and nine flights per week.

"In January I took 26 flights. And when you're doing that you're always on the run and you're always grabbing (food), you're eating on the plane and probably having a few more drinks than you would normally if you were in a different job or in different circumstances.