EastEnders Ian Beale star Adam Woodyatt shed three stone after ditching one thing

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EastEnders icon Adam Woodyatt wowed fans by dropping a whopping three stone, and it's all down to cutting out one thing from his diet.

The 55 year old actor, who's been a fixture on the show as Ian Beale since its inception in 1985, has seen his fair share of drama both on and off-screen. With over 3,000 episodes under his belt, he's not only the longest-serving member of the EastEnders family but also a beloved character among viewers.

Adam took a break from the soap in 2021 and during that time, he embarked on an incredible weight loss journey, losing three stone. Speaking about his secret to success, he shared: "Basically I gave up alcohol. That was the biggest change I made."

He continued, explaining the positive snowball effect his decision had: "With giving up alcohol, the weight drops off and because the weight dropped it was easier to cycle. So it was easier to stay fit. But at this point in my life, yeah, I'm quite happy not drinking. And the result is I've lost about three stone in weight."

Previously, on The Nightcap podcast, Adam delved into the health scare that prompted his lifestyle change, saying: "It was a health thing," reports the Daily Star.

"I went into the hospital with a stomach issue and they pointed out my liver was probably taking a bit of a hammering. They said, 'Look, give your liver a rest for six weeks, we'll do some tests.' Then Covid happened and six weeks became 12 weeks. And I thought, 'Do you know what - I've cracked this, I don't miss it, I'm better off without it' and I thought, 'That's it!'"

He added: "I'm not going to say never again, but at the moment no alcohol and it's fine. But I still like smelling it, especially rum. I'm not so good on whisky."

In 1985, aged 16 and working in his local butcher's shop, Adam won his breakthrough role of Ian Beale.

The character has had a slew of relationship dramas in the 39 years he has been in the soap. That includes six marriages to five women, Cindy Williams, Mel Healy, Laura Dunn, twice to Jane Collins and Sharon Watts, as well as two aborted engagements to Mandy Salter and Denise Fox.

"I was thinking that if EastEnders didn't work out, then at least I could go back to cutting meat," he recently revealed to Radio Times. Adam added: "I just wanted to earn money, which does sound very Ian Beale, doesn't it?"