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Weight loss: Jamie Lawson has been on a low carb diet for six months
Weight loss: Jamie Lawson has been on a low carb diet for six months
Weight loss: Jamie Lawson has been on a low carb diet for six months

By Linda Stewart

The 43-year-old singer-songwriter is originally from Plymouth and lives in Manchester. He plays the Ulster Hall this Saturday.

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: Not in any way. Irregular at best. I tried a personal trainer at the beginning of last year on a six-week trial and it did nothing for me at all. I then went on tour with Ed Sheeran, who has amazing catering, and I put on a about a stone. I do a bit of yoga now and then, something I'd like to do on a more regular basis and I've signed up for Parkrun but I'm yet to actually get up and do it.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: I'm not sure I've had any bad illnesses. I had appendicitis at the age of about 13 and I had an operation on my nose just after my first album came out, which is why my voice sounds so different between the first and subsequent records, but that wasn't really an illness as such. I've been pretty lucky so far... touch wood.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: After putting on a stone on the Ed Sheeran tour I decided to go on a low carb diet - I always ate too much pasta, rice and potatoes. I've now been on that diet for about six months and I'm trying to stick to it. It's difficult when eating out, but so far, so good. I'm now under 11st for the first time in about 20 years. I'm still not sure I eat as healthily as I could, but I'm certainly doing better and have managed to cut out all cake and crisps. I still have a weakness for chocolate but now only eat dark chocolate, containing 85% cocoa or more, which they say has antioxidants in it, so I'm telling myself it's good for me!

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Q: Any bad habits?

A: My bad habit was cake. It's not any more. The worst thing I eat now is probably chicken wings or fried chicken.

Q: Do you drink and smoke and, if so, how much?

A: I've never smoked, not ever. I do drink but only occasionally and hardly ever when I'm touring as I find it really affects my voice in a bad way, so I'm actually quite disciplined on that front.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: Multi-vitamins, but that's about it.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I'm not sure I do. As much as music is my work, it's also what I've always turned to to relax, which makes me very fortunate that I get to do something for a living that I truly love. Apart from that, I watch box sets and films. I recently really enjoyed The Marvelous Mrs Maisel series.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Not brilliantly. Sometimes I get a good solid eight hours, other times only four and I'm wide awake and my head is whirling - especially if I'm in record-making mode or tour mode, which I am at the moment. I have just released a new album called The Years In Between and now I'm on tour promoting it. I sleep very badly on tour. Tour buses are not my friend - I find them very difficult to sleep on. They did lead me to audiobooks though, which I find help take my mind off things.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, it's inevitable, but I do worry about dying young. My dad died at 60, I'm now 43. That isn't so far away. Having said that, my mum's still going strong and swims three times a week so maybe I'll be fine - I might have to start swimming though!

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Soya yoghurt and berries, almonds, pecans and walnuts for breakfast. That feels like a good start to the day - whether it's healthy or not, I don't know.

Jamie's new album The Years In Between is out now. He is currently on tour and will play at Belfast's Ulster Hall this Saturday. For box office, tel: 9033 4455 and for more information visit www.jamielawsonmusic.com

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