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    STEPHEN FRY: How I lost six stones in just six months

    By Tim Oglethorpe

    Last updated at 9:31 AM on 19th June 2009
    source: STEPHEN FRY: How I lost six stones in just six months | Mail Online
    Stephen Fry is a shadow of his former self. He has lost almost six stone since December and can at last bear to look at himself in the mirror again.

    He has gone from 'appallingly corpulent' - which is how he describes his 21 stone pre-diet appearance - to become leaner, fitter and almost hyper-energetic.

    His new regime has also helped in his long battle against manic depression, and he says life now has many more ups than downs for him.


    New man: Stephen Fry seen in his new promotional shot for show Kingdom unveils the slimline figure he has recaptured through diet and exercise


    He has walked more than five miles from his home in London's West Hampstead to meet me, and will walk all the way back.

    'And when I get indoors, I'll be wishing I still had another five miles to go,' he says. 'It's actually rather exciting to have reinvented myself.'
    Looking at him today - he weighs 15st 7lb - and comparing it with his appearance in the new series of Kingdom, in which he plays a solicitor, he looks like a man who has had a fat suit removed.
    Kingdom, back on ITV1 on Sunday nights, was filmed last year - well before the weight loss.

    Larger than life: An overweight Fry seen in October 2006 at his heaviest


    'I knew something had to be done. I'm 6ft 5in tall, but 21st is too heavy. For the first month, I did without bread, potatoes and sugar, and the weight rolled off.

    'Since then, I've stopped eating other types of food, such as red meat. I've continued to lose weight and feel much better for it.

    'And I never thought I would say this, but I genuinely enjoy going to the gym. I spent years mocking them, but now I'm one of the converts.

    'What has helped enormously has been the audio books I listen to while I'm walking. I've written myself a list of great novels and am slowly working my way through them.

    'Too heavy': The actor felt overweight when he filmed TV series Kingdom in Norfolk last year

    'At the moment it's Tim West reading Anthony Trollope. It's sheer pleasure, and largely uninterrupted. I've discovered that wearing white earphones means that people can see what I'm doing and usually don't disturb me.'
    Inevitably, there is talk - not least from Fry himself - about penning a book based on his remarkable weight loss. 'Don't rule it out,' he grins.

    The only backward look he is taking these days is the sequel he plans to his autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, which covered his life up to the age of 18, when he spent three months on remand in prison for credit card fraud.

    In the new book, Fry, 51, will tell how, at Cambridge, he became friends with fellow students Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Ben Elton and Tony Slattery, and, abandoning his ambition to become a don, took up acting instead.

    Fry acknowledges that his life changed when he met Hugh Laurie. 'I knew he had this amazing comedy acting talent and would go far, but I could never have dreamed that we'd have a working partnership and lifelong friendship.

    Double act: Stephen found fame and success with Hugh Laurie

    'Hugh would pull funny faces and make us laugh, but all he wanted to do was to graduate and join the Hong Kong police. I suspect he rather liked the mental picture of himself in freshly ironed white shorts and shirts.
    'Because of that, he didn't take acting seriously, but preferred to be the English silly ass rather than a cool James Bond type. We got deeper into the university's Footlights revue, went on to do Blackadder and Saturday Night Live - and before we knew it, it was too late to turn back.'

    If Fry does write the book, it will join a long list of commitments. His cult TV quiz QI is set to continue, mainly because of his encyclopaedic displays of knowledge.

    'I am cursed with big feet and blessed with a big memory,' he shrugs. 'I wouldn't call myself an intellectual, but I do like to collect learning.'

    He is writing a script for a movie remake of The Dambusters. American TV wants him to reprise his role as British psychiatrist Dr Gordon Wyatt in the hit drama Bones, and Fry himself is keen to appear as a British doctor alongside Hugh Laurie in the U.S. medical drama House.

    He also finds time to put his everyday thoughts on Twitter, which has given him a surprise worldwide following.

    For three weeks earlier this year, only the Twitterings of President Barack Obama had more hits than Fry's.

    All this has to be slotted in between filming further episodes of Kingdom, which is made in Swaffham and Wells-next- the-Sea, close to his Norfolk home.
    Cult TV: QI is set to continue with Stephen at the helm

    The appeal to its 7million viewers, he believes, lies in its scenery and eccentric characters.
    'It's a glorious place to be. The countryside and coast can match anywhere in the world. But it's about English life. The town is a microcosm of England, a celebration of Englishness.

    'There is a whole range of society, from tramps to dotty old ladies and oddball upper-crust gentlemen. It's so very English, isn't it, that rich people who behave oddly are indulged as eccentric, but poor people who behave strangely are avoided as mad?

    'When I was growing up in Norfolk, one man would stand by the road and throw things at Japanese cars. Another went around in a pony and trap, and always wore a dressing gown.

    'Nobody thought much about it because he was rich. But if a poor person had been going around in pyjamas, they'd have been carted off to hospital.'

    It is ironic that the character he plays, Peter Kingdom, is a solicitor because Fry's mother, Marianne, had always wanted him to take up law.

    But his first real contact with the law was on the wrong side of it, when he spent three months on remand in prison near Bristol for credit card fraud (he absconded with a family friend's card) and was put on two years' probation. He had already been expelled, too, from a number of schools.

    Now Fry is a different man - his own person. After 16 years of personal turmoil, much of his newfound self-confidence comes from his relationship with his partner Daniel Cohen, who is 12 years younger.

    'I am very happy in a way I did not expect,' Fry says poignantly. 'John Cleese once told me I would never be happy unless I stopped "being so f***ing polite all the time".

    'Like Peter Kingdom, I have spent much of my life trying to please people, trying to be what they wanted me to be rather than what I actually wanted to be.
    'What he meant was that I needed to stand up for myself. So I have done that, and now I consider I have reached the point where - to use my friend's immortal words - I am no longer quite as f***ing nice as I used to be. 'Without being rude, of course.'

    No, of course not. That would never do.

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    Great. Now do something with that frightening nose.

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    ^^^^
    no way. i love stephen fry, he's hilarious and i've enjoyed his books too. i'm glad he's healthier.
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    Now can you please do something to that unfortunate looking face of yours!!
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    Hell no! He better not change a thing.
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    I like that nose. He seems like fun, I would enjoy having tea with him.

    Oh... and good for him to lose some weight, he better take care of himself because we don't want to lose him.
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    Oh my god he looks amazing!!!

    I love him!

    Edit: He literally looks like a completely different person!

    He NEEDS to do a guest spot on House ASAP!

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    He's turned into Richard Madely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belt Up View Post
    He's turned into Richard Madely
    Ah! that's it! I knew he looked like someone else but couldn't think of the name!

    It's good to see him looking happy for a change. But he really doesn't look like himself anymore (maybe it's the hairdo that's throwing me?)

    All hail Stephen the god of QI!
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    I think he looks like Michael Parkinson now. It's the eyes. Good for him - it shows that the No White Food Diet (bread, potatoes, sugar, rice, pasta) really does work.
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    He is so cool, love him fat or thinner. The Richard Madeley comment is spot on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    I think he looks like Michael Parkinson now. It's the eyes. Good for him - it shows that the No White Food Diet (bread, potatoes, sugar, rice, pasta) really does work.

    Does that the sugar in that No White Food include a glass or 2 of wine a day? I needs my wine to get to sleep!


    I love Stephen Fry. I own every audiobook he has ever read...fantastic voice, and he makes amazing stories even better. I'd read a diet book by him, since he is funny and "real". His documentary on depression helped me quite a bit.
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    Yeah, sorry but alcohol counts as 'sugar'. It's a bugger eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Yeah, sorry but alcohol counts as 'sugar'. It's a bugger eh?

    *sigh* I knew it.

    You're going to have to post some links or a book list of where you get your diet knowledge. You seem to know your business, and I need to get my shit together soon.
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    LOL I wouldn't call it "knowledge". Just years of experience fighting - and sometimes failing - to stay a healthy weight. I used to resent the fact that I can't eat what I want, when I want but neither can a diabetic so I now look on my propensity to gain weight even thinking about a bagel as a chronic medical problem that I can control by being very aware of what I am eating.

    I am NOT a dietician or medically qualified but I have tried most 'diets' out there over the years and the only one that works FOR ME is a low carb/high protein diet that follows the Atkins principle. The science of how protein "burns" fat and carbos "store" it makes sense. If you want to read about that side of it then get The Atkins Diet book which explains it very clearly. Once you understand the principles it's easy to eat accordingly although it's counter-intuitive at first to be able to eat a large plate of ham and eggs (no toast!) and not feel guilty. Most modern diet plans follow the same basic principles once you get past the hype. Dear old Weight Watchers are slowly moving towards the same idea but still cling to their calorie counting/low fat system which does work for some people but didn't for me. I found I was spending my days thinking about food, planning meals, working out ways to award myself 'treats' and generally living to eat, instead of eating to live. WW works very well for some people, it depends a lot on your particular metabolism and what motivates you. Personally I find groups and meetings a turn off but some people need that reassurance and inspiration.

    The best thing about the NWF (No White Food) regime is that you can easily incorporate it into your daily life and you don't need special ingredients or cooking skills. Just prepare your normal meals but skip the potato, rice or whatever. You can go out to restaurants and order almost anything off the menu apart from the White food. I've been to several places where they are happy to leave out the pasta or whatever if you ask them because so many people avoid White food/carbs these days. In fact I've noticed a lot of places don't serve carbs as part of the dish at all so you have to specifically order rice or pasta or potato as a side dish if necessary.
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