Dr Alex George has most recently celebrated being happy in his own skin (Picture:: ITV/REX)
Love Island star Dr Alex George has opened up about the ‘extreme pressure’ he felt to get fit before entering the villa, explaining he now regrets it.
The NHS worker and mental health advocate, who appeared on series four of the dating show, said he has since realised he would rather have a ‘balanced life’.
‘Most people apply for the show 12 months before, but they approached me in February, so I literally had 21 to 22 weeks before I was going on there,’ Dr Alex explained.
‘I was actually quite fit, I cycled to work, there was nothing wrong with my shape at all, but I felt this extreme pressure to get in shape. I trained so hard, I trained two hours a day, had a really restricted diet.
‘I didn’t do anything other than work, train and eat not very much. It wasn’t a good thing and when I went on the show, I didn’t feel good about it, I thought I don’t like it, it doesn’t feel good.’
The 30-year-old added on Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To… podcast: ‘When I came off the show, I thought this isn’t good for you, this isn’t sustainable. I went to a more balanced diet and balanced exercise plan and I felt so much better for it. I look back now, I kind of wished I hadn’t done all that […]
‘I shouldn’t have been on a restrictive diet. It comes down to being happy with who are and being comfortable in your own skin and it’s taking me time to do that.
‘Two days before shoot day (promo) I was restricting my diet, hardly eating anything other than just protein to cut my weight down. I look back and think “wow that was not good for you” – that is not real life, that is not want people want or need. I would rather have a balanced life.’
Dr Alex recently spoke out about body image, urging viewers of the latest series to ‘be kind’.
Sharing a photo of himself in the sea, he wrote: ‘Love Island is back on tv tonight and I know so many are excited to have the show back on our screens.’
‘Don’t panic this photo isn’t a sign that I am going back on the island… I just wanted to post a gentle reminder to be kind online. Particularly when it comes to body image and appearance,’ he added.
Dr Alex said that he is ‘proud’ of how he looks in his picture, describing himself as ‘happy and healthy’ and stating: ‘Let’s celebrate ALL body shapes and sizes.’
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