EastEnders star Ian Beale shares the secret behind incredible 3rd weight loss transformation


EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt has revealed quitting drinking is the secret behind his incredible weight loss transformation.

The star, who plays Ian Beale on the hit BBC soap, has lost over seven pounds in the past year – and says he now drinks nothing “stronger than coffee” and cycles regularly as part of his new healthy lifestyle.

Speaking to The Mirror, Adam said: “Basically I’ve given up alcohol. That was the biggest change I made.

“By giving up alcohol, the weight goes down, and because the weight went down, it was easier to ride a bike. It was easier to stay fit that way.”

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Despite the huge impact that giving up alcohol has had on his weight loss, Adam added that he didn’t make a fuss about it, saying, “Everyone is different. For me, giving up alcohol was the right thing to do.

“I’m not going to turn around and say it’s forever, I’ll never drink again.

“But at this point in my life, yeah, I’m pretty lucky not to drink. And the result is that I lost about seven pounds in weight.”

Adam Woodyatt has lost over three stone in the past year (Image: BBC)

The actor had previously opened up about his weight loss after being introduced to cycling by EastEnders co-star Jake Wood, describing the exercise as an amazing “escape from reality” after a difficult year.

Adam was recently divorced from his wife Beverly Sharp, whom he married in 1998 and with whom he shares two children.

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He also explained in his Mirror interview that he feels “100 per cent better” as the star spends most of his life outdoors, touring around the UK in his camper van between tour dates for the stage production Looking Good Dead .

Adam Woodyatt recently took a break from EastEnders after playing Ian Beale for over 36 years (Image: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

The actor has taken time off from EastEnders to appear in the stage adaptation of Peter James’ book, as well as the ITV series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

His I’m A Celeb stint saw him appear at the castle with stars including former BBC breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson.

Adam previously told viewers of ITV’s Good Morning Britain that I’m A Celeb was his “reboot”.

He said: “It was just an escape from reality. You left the world behind. It was peace and quiet. There was nothing they threw at me that I couldn’t do. I loved it.”

However, it has yet to be confirmed whether Adam will return to Albert Square, despite alleged claims of a new £300,000 deal for the actor to extend his deal with EastEnders.

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One

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