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Stephen Nolan on Radio Ulster

Stephen Nolan on Radio Ulster

Stephen Nolan on Radio Ulster

STEPHEN Nolan is beating himself up for piling on the pounds during the Covid lockdowns.

The millionaire presenter, who lost seven stone last year through dieting and going to the gym, admitted he had let himself down.

The 47-year-old posted pictures old pictures of a slimmer version of himself online and wrote: "I'm never going to be an oil painting, but these photos remind me how much healthier I felt. I'm back to square one now. Really sad."

Well-wishers encouraged the broadcaster to keep fighting.

One wrote: "Keep the faith Stephen. If you did it once, you can do it again. You know it's all about mental strength"

Another added: "Stephen, I understand totally. It is nearly impossible to lose weight naturally and keep it off when you've been obese most of your life."

A fan also replied :"It's been a very tough year and I think we have all put on some weight, but you know you can do it. Yes, you looked amazing. You can get back to that again."

Others advised Stephen not to worry and "eat, drink and be merry" for Christmas.

The radio and TV presenter, who was 23 stone when he started his weight loss battle last year, was told live on air in 2015 that if he did not change his ways, he would be dead within 20 years.

He has previously used his Facebook page to talk to fans about his weight.

In 2017 he asked if he should buy an electric bike as part of an attempt to get fit.

But his question sparked a torrent of abuse, with one Facebook user replying: "Stop being so lazy."

Another added: "I wish I had your money to have that option. Some folk only have the money to eat or heat."

Other replies included "Go to the gym", "Stop eating c**p for a while" and "reduce your weight, then get a push bike without the motor".

In a 2015 documentary he made for the BBC called Food on the Brain, Stephen said the first thing he usually ate most days was two packets of crisps and a bar of chocolate, before a "proper meal" of chicken and chips, steak and chips, lasagne and chips or stew.

He added that he normally had another big meal at around 7pm but then would eat again two or three hours later.

Stephen also admitted scoffing five or six packets of crisps and chocolate bars every night.

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