Gary Barlow's six-day diet
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 January 2011
Gary Barlow sticks to a healthy eating plan but allows himself the ''day off'' on Saturdays, when he eats what he wants
Gary Barlow used to get up early so he could eat more.
The Take That singer - who famously ballooned to over 240lbs after the group split up in 1996 - admits he has learned how to control his eating habits by not always being strict with himself but found it hard to stick to in a sensible way at first.
He explained: "The key to me was portion sizes and I think people forget that, if you can control your portion size you can eat what you want and you've cracked it.
"I have Saturdays off, I was getting a lot of advice and this guy said if you just diet seven days a week, you'll get fed up and fall off the wagon.
"I'd get up early on a Saturday to get started but I would make such a pig of myself and I thought 'I don't want to be this' and after a few weeks the food got less and now it's a part of life, I know when I'm full and I even recognise when I'm full but want to keep eating because I'm a pig!"
The 'Patience' hitmaker also knows he needs to work out regularly to help keep his weight down.
He added: "I must say if I didn't train as much I'd be a different size but I work out every day except Saturdays and Sundays. I'm a cardio man, I do tennis, I do Pilates. I've never done yoga."