Jason Manford sheds three stone after making New Year's resolution to lose weight

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Jason Manford has lost almost three stone in six months after making a New Year's resolution to shed some weight.

The comedian set the goal when he stepped onto the scales on New York's Day and discovered he was 17st 5lb (243 pounds), and in an interview with the Daily Mirror, he revealed that after recording his weight every day, counting calories, walking more and going to the gym twice a week, he now weighs 14st 10lb (206 pounds).

Admitting he gets "a bit of a buzz out of" seeing the decreasing numbers on the scale, Jason explained that he has thought about his weight every day of his life.

"You get to the point where you go, 'Am I getting enough joy out of life if I'm thinking about my weight?" he shared. "I think I've thought about my weight every day of my adult life.

"Not crying about it, but gone upstairs and tried to put something on that doesn't fit, or got out of breath chasing the kids. To get to a point where I'm thinking about it in a positive way feels good."

The 40-year-old has tried "every diet" over the years in a bid to lose weight but the pounds would soon creep back up, and his doctor warned him a few years ago that he was obese.

Sharing his diet attempts, he said, "One year it (was) just milkshakes - I lost weight but felt rotten. One awful one (was) a 10-day fast with water with maple syrup, lemon, cayenne pepper. It was awful - you couldn't be more than two doors away from a toilet."

The former 8 Out of 10 Cats star has poked fun at his size as part of his stand-up comedy routine for years and he wonders if he'll still be as entertaining with his slimmer frame.

"You think 'Will I still be funny if I'm slim?' I had a routine about getting stuck in a water slide as someone was coming down behind me," he said. "Only time will tell. I'm not worried about going on tour and looking like an Adonis, that is never going to happen."

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