Romesh Ranganathan storms out of Play To The Whistle
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Funnyman Romesh Ranganathan is the new host of British favourite TV show Weakest Link. He is looking noticeably slimmer on the small screen.
On an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Romesh was fat shamed by none other than his mother.
She asked her son: “Are you going to lose some weight?
“Have you seen that video of you running? It’s like a bouncy castle.”
In 2017, the comedian jokingly stormed out of Play To The Whistle when Bradley Walsh quipped: “I remember training once at football and the punishment was four laps around Romesh.”
It is no secret that the star has battled with his weight throughout his life, in fact his main difficulty is keeping the weight off.
“I have fallen so hard off the weight-loss wagon that I fear if I get back on I might be so heavy that I’ll break it.
“I was on a good run of spin-biking and eating sensibly, then I had an injury that meant I couldn’t exercise for a day and I have allowed this to throw me completely off course,” he penned in a column for The Guardian in 2019.
Romesh’s father died of a heart attack in 2019, and he pledged to do something to curtail his own weight gain and ill health.
“My body shape ticked all the boxes of someone headed the same way,” he admitted.
But his weight loss journey wasn’t just about health; being in the public eye, Romesh was constantly subject to the harsh realities of social media.
He explained: “Social media is brutal. Whenever a photo is posted of me alongside my slimmer and more handsome co-stars, people make comments such as, ‘Oh my God, they look so good, obviously not Romesh, bless him!’ or, ‘Gosh, I’m getting all hot and flustered, had to look at Romesh to calm down’.”
Like many, Romesh struggled with keeping the weight off and maintaining a disciplined attitude towards fat loss: “The truth is, I deserve to be overweight. I am so greedy. I promise myself I’m not going to eat crap, but then I get home from a gig and think, ‘You deserve a treat,’ and eat like a man who thinks his treat should be type 2 diabetes.”
Restrictive eating did not work for the comedian, as he fell off the bandwagon, “before eating the wagon in its entirety”.
“I have done 1,200-calorie days and hit the gym hard, and you get results quickly; but I also quickly feel miserable (for me, usually around day two),” he said.
Instead, he enlisted an “Adonis” personal trainer, who put him through his paces with 6am workouts and circuit training that challenged his “pathetically low” self-discipline.
When Romesh realised he could cancel the sessions and stay in bed longer, he tried running, boxing, and even going to the gym on his own, but none of these felt “sustainable” to him, as he either felt bored or over exhausted.
“Then I discovered my saviour: a spin bike with a screen that lets you do classes online.”
Despite its supreme expense, this method of exercise stuck, as “it is difficult to find an excuse not to exercise in your own house”.
He added: “Plus my wife has threatened to leave me if I stop using it.”
As for diet, Romesh tried intermittent fasting, which requires dieters to fast for 16 hours of the day, and spend the remaining eight hours fasting, sticking to zero-calorie drinks such as water or black coffee.
He stated: “I definitely benefited from reducing the number of hours in which I was allowed to take in calories.”
However, despite this realisation, his hectic touring lifestyle made it exceedingly difficult to stick to these healthy habits.
Ultimately, his new mindset is that balance and being mindful is key.
“I have become much more conscious of my choices. When I make bad ones, I try to make some good ones for a while. I no longer see eating sticky toffee pudding at 2am as a terrible failure; it just means I need to balance that afterwards.
“I am by no means an exercise beast, but I do try to look for opportunities to work out when I can.”
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