The Chase star Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett shows off five stone weight loss in before and after snaps

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The Chase star Mark Labbett has showed off the extent of his five stone weight loss with a photo of himself wearing loose trousers.

The 55 year old, who recently sparked backlash over refusing the second national lockdown, took to his Instagram feed to post side by side before and after photos of his transformation.

In one snap, the TV star could be seen standing at a red carpet event in 2019 wearing a black suit and tie. The second image showed Mark wearing the same outfit this week, where it's clear to see he's shed the pounds.

The mirror selfie showed the once well-fitted white shirt hanging loose on him while he demonstrated how much extra space there was in his trousers as he pulled on the unbuckled waistband.

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In the caption, Mark, who recently split from his wife Katie after their open marriage failed, wrote: "Very proud of my progress since following my @mfgoalgettersuk plan. Every week food delivered to my door, it couldn’t be any easier!"

Many of his 13,800 followers were quick to praise him on the weight loss as one person wrote: "Well done not easy for anyone, your looking well," [sic] with a clapping hands emoji.

A second said: "Proud of you at any size. The measure of a man is not his weight."

While a third added: "Brilliant job, Mark!! So proud of the progress you have made! Still will always be the Beast!"

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Last year Mark revealed how his secret battle with the coronavirus helped him lose five stone.

He revealed he “didn’t eat for two weeks” after being sent home by ITV with suspected Covid-19 symptoms in February 2020.

Quizmaster Mark was given a “red light” warning by doctors over his 27 stone weight in March last year.

Speaking to The Sun On Sunday about his health scare Mark said: “I got suspected Covid at the end of February, and got sent home from work, for the first time in 15 years, on Wednesday 27th. ITV were brilliant, and took no chances.

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“Because the testing capacity was so limited then, I never formally got a test but all I can say is that for two weeks I had complete loss of appetite, no sense of smell, a temperature, exhaustion and the worst fever of my life.”

Mark described having “rapid attacks” which he said is one of the symptoms of the potentially fatal virus.

He added: “Apparently one of the symptoms they’re discovering now is rapid attacks. One morning I woke up at 1.30am shivering uncontrollably. I had to go downstairs to alter the central heating, and I couldn’t hold a pint of water in one hand because I was shaking so much.

“For these brief spells you thought you’d need to be hospitalised but ten minutes later, you’d be fine. It felt like going one particularly brutal round with Mike Tyson.

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“As a self-proclaimed fatty, of course I was aware that having covid wasn’t good, and clearly increased the severity of my risk. At my last medical, the tests were based around a Christmas tree system — red, amber and green.

“Although I am fat I’ve always been quite fit, so everything else was in the amber zone except my weight which was firmly in the red.”

Explaining how he lost five stone and has continued to lose weight after his battle with the virus, he said: “I basically didn’t eat for two weeks but since then the weight has continued to drop off because I have continued to eat sensibly. I knew I had to.

“I am still losing weight and beginning to notice the difference in photos which, I can assure you, are not ­Photoshopped!”

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