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Gary Barlow has confessed he "lost control of himself" after gaining weight during a "rough period".
The 49 year old, who recently delighted fans as he reunited with Robbie Williams to virtually sing Shame 10 years on, spoke out about his "serious" weight gain while speaking to James Corden for The Sun.
Seeking help with his own weight James, 42, asked for dieting tips after finding out that Gary's history with food.
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"I had a rough period with food that I’m not proud of, where I really lost control of myself," the singer explained. "I remember one particular day just thinking: 'How have I got here?' I was just so disappointed with myself."
The Forever Love star went on to detail his love for Chinese, chips, crisps, explaining that he would go into a food coma after eating them.
He said: "So coming back from somewhere like that is a bit more serious than: 'Oh, I want to lose a couple of stone here.' It was more of a condition that just couldn’t continue.
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"So it started there for me and I turned my brain on to sorting out what I ate. The trouble is the food I love — Chinese, chips, crisps. They were giving me a couple minutes of a food coma, taking me out of the real world. It’s just not good, that.
"So I decided not to have cheat days, and just stay away from those foods. I’d love to have the odd cigarette now and then but I can’t. I can’t start smoking again.
"I’ve just not got the personality where I can't tease myself every so often with something I love because I just end up going down that road again.
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"So I’ve been very strong-minded about how I live and what I eat, and in general I work on a 90/10 — 90 per cent sensible-choice food and ten per cent fun choices. For me, something bad is a piece of sourdough."
He then gave James a little piece of advice on how to help him lose weight as he said: "I’ll give you one piece of advice – a thing that now and again I come back to and it’s surprising how helpful it is.
"Buy a nice little writing book, one you’ll feel good about holding and keeping on you at all times. Do a food diary for every day, and look down and you’ll see what you’re doing wrong.
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"It’ll also make you go: 'Oh, I could eat a Cadbury’s but I’ve got to write it in the diary if I do.'
Gary, who recently performed an impromptu virtual duet with Ronan Keating, added: "It’s a good way of making you think before you do something, but also looking back to see: 'Where have I made mistakes today?'"
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