Craig Colton sheds a stone in a week

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Craig Colton

Craig Colton

X Factor's Craig Colton has shed a stone in a week after following a strict diet set by mentor Gary Barlow.

X Factor's Craig Colton has shed a stone in a week after following a strict diet set by mentor Gary Barlow.

The 22-year-old hopeful - who is joined in the Boys category by Frankie Cocozza, Marcus Collins and James Michael - is working alongside a nutritionist and sticking to a high-protein meal plan.

Meanwhile, Gary is encouraging his contestants to visit the gym on a regular basis to ensure they are in the best possible shape for when the Live Finals of the ITV1 talent show kick off this Saturday (08.10.11).

Craig said: "I mentioned to Gary that I wanted to lose weight so he put me on this diet. I've lost a stone in a week and more than a stone since being at the judge's house stage in Los Angeles.

"I am on this very strict diet, but it's full of energy. It is pure protein and nutrition, there are no carbs. I wasn't a big eater before, but ate at the wrong times."

However, Louis Walsh - who is mentoring the Over 25s - isn't adopting the same strategy, and has told curvy contestant Sami Brookes not to lose weight.

She explained: "Louis called me up and told me not to go losing any weight. He said I'm real and people like me because of that. I'd rather eat a Curly Wurly than go down to the gym, anyway. I'm a size 20, I'm never going to be stick thin."

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