Eamonn Holmes has recalled eating ‘six or seven’ meals before lunch during his time as a breakfast TV presenter, lamenting the weight gain that came from the demanding morning gig.
The ITV presenter, who recently hung up his regular Friday This Morning hosting gig alongside wife Ruth Langsford, blamed working in the early slot for ‘ageing’ him and the weight gain he’s since managed to lose.
According to Eamonn, 61, who rose to fame on GMTV in 1993 before fronting Sky News in 2005, he would eat ‘six or seven’ meals before lunch, after waking at 4am.
The presenter explained to Daily Star: ‘I did 26 years on breakfast TV. It’s very ageing.
‘I didn’t realise how much it changed my life, your habit and how you are. I was three stone heavier when I was on GMTV than I am now.
‘The pictures of me in my 30s and 40s, I just can’t look at.’
The star explained he would eat more in breakfast TV, as he detailed his morning routine: ‘You get up early and have a bowl of cornflakes at 4am, you get to work and you have a bacon roll then you might eat something on air like a doughnut then you finish at 9am and someone says ‘you fancy some breakfast?’
‘Then you have elevenses and you’ve had six or seven meals before lunch.
‘You are running on adrenaline but your cortisol is all off.’
However, Eamonn has since lost the weight after he made a New Year’s resolution going into 2016 and says he’s since shed 3st over five years.
It comes as Eamonn and Ruth shared a heartfelt thank you video following their final Friday shift on This Morning in December.
The hosting seats will be taken over by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in the new year, with Eamonn and Ruth to return to present during key holidays, with the pair set to come back to host in February.
Eamonn posted a video on Instagram expressing his thanks to all who have reached out to him and Ruth.
He said: ‘Just want to say something to you all from the bottom of my heart, and that is: thank you.
‘Ruth and I have been absolutely overwhelmed yesterday and today by the amount of messages and we’ve been replying on social media, by email, by text, by Whatsapp, whatever way we can.’
Eamonn said that he and Ruth, 60, ‘do feel the love’, saying that they ‘really appreciate’ the outpouring of support.
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