James Martin: Saturday Morning host opens up on shocking moment ‘Hasn’t always been easy’

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Chef James Martin, 47, said he was surprised to see how he looked on television after purchasing a bigger TV set due to eyesight problems recently.

If I stopped eating butter and using cream and cut out all the good stuff, I’d be miserable

James Martin

He revealed: “My eyesight is starting to go, so I bought a bigger TV for my bedroom, 85 inches big, and I accidentally caught myself on my Saturday morning show.

“I looked at myself and thought, ‘Jesus, I look massive! Oh… I am massive!’

“When I’m working a lot, the weight comes off naturally – I’ve lost a stone and a half in the last six weeks.”

James is no stranger to loving products which can be deemed unhealthy, such as the likes of butter and cakes.


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In the same interview with Prima Magazine, the chef said he’s been asked countless times to do a “wellness show” or a “health cookbook” but has turned them down.

He explained: “It hasn’t always been easy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to do a wellness show or a health cookbook where I stand on the scales and six months later I’ve lost five stone.

“They all say, ‘You’re the prime candidate.’ Er, thanks!

“But the truth is, if I stopped eating butter and using cream and cut out all the good stuff, I’d be miserable – and I wouldn’t believe in what I was doing.

“It’s not who I am or who I’ve ever been.”

Last month, James shared a relatable post about having an irregular sleeping pattern during lockdown.

The ITV star joked he had “lost it” as he told fans he had decided to bake a cake in the early hours of the morning.

“Morning think I’ve lost it up at this time baking a cake,” he wrote in the caption.

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Many of his 385,000 followers flocked to his post to comment, with one writing: “At least you’re being productive…I’m just having a cup of tea!”

A second wrote: “I’ve been awake since 3am ! Never thought of baking though.”

Another cheekily commented: “Morning James I can’t sleep either. Is it for my birthday by any chance.”

Earlier this week, James shared a throwback of himself tucking into an ice cream at a young age.


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The unearthed snap shows the chef with long hair in a checkered shirt biting his way into an ice cream cone.

James captioned the picture: “You could tell back then I always liked food.”

James Martin’s Saturday Morning continues today at 9.25am on ITV.

James Martin’s Islands to Highlands airs today at 12.35pm on ITV.

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