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Phillip Schofield suffered significant weight loss several years ago, which he attributes to a popular diet.

The Dancing On Ice host revealed in 2014 that he had lost more than a stone and a half due to the approach.

However, according to reports, This Morning star Phillip also admitted the change in his diet has left him “really hungry”.

Phillip Schofield, seen here with DOI co-host Holly Willoughby, opened up about his weight loss eight years ago (ITV)

Phillip Schofield weight loss

It was first reported that Phillip was following the 5:2 diet in April 2013.

He reportedly told audience members during a break from filming Mrs & Mrs that he had lost 9 pounds from the plan.

Phillip reportedly said, “I’ve been doing this for about three weeks and I’m really hungry.”

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The 5:2 was particularly popular at the time and received extensive media coverage.

This involves those who follow it fasting two days a week and reducing their calorie intake to 600 (men) or 500 (women).

Phliip, pictured with his wife Stephanie Lowe ahead of his release, quickly lost weight
Phliip, pictured with his wife Stephanie Lowe ahead of his release, lost weight rapidly. (Splashnews.com)

“I can’t keep the weight off”

The following year, Phillip had lost even more weight and addressed the issue during an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

It was reported in June 2014 that 5:2 led him down from 12½ stones to under 11 stones.

Phillip explained to host Alan: “I saw a picture and thought, you look a little piggy.

I wanted to be 11 stone. It took nine or 10 months and now I am.

“I wanted to be 11 stone. It took nine or 10 months and now I am.

Phillip also noted how the dramatic weight loss meant others sometimes wondered if he was sick.

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“My stomach is now so small that I have practically no appetite and I can’t keep weight off,” he said.

“People say, ‘Are you okay, are you okay?'”

Phillip also joked that he endured hallucinations during his mission to lose weight.

Dancing On Ice airs on ITV on Sunday February 20 at 6 p.m.

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