Ricky Gervais reveals his diet struggles
Ricky Gervais is finding it tough to lose weight because he can’t stop drinking wine.
The 55-year-old comedian made a conscious effort to live more healthily after he hit his mid-40s, but has admitted his weight-loss efforts have been hampered by his love of wine.
Ricky shared: "I was always thin growing up until I’m 30, and those were my eating years, and then at 40 I remember it was one Christmas I ate 11 sausages and I was saying to Jane [his girlfriend], ‘I’m having a heart attack’.
"I decided to get fit and I lost about 20 pounds at about 48 or 49, and now it’s steadily going back on again."
Ricky confessed that his old fitness regime is no longer working for him.
He told ‘Live! with Kelly’: "I still eat what I want. I drink wine every night and I work out like Rocky the next day, but now my body won’t let me do that anymore.
"My knees have gone, I can’t run like I used to, but I’m still not giving up the food and drink, and so it’s steadily going back on."
And although he has successfully cut certain foods out of his diet, Ricky hasn’t been able to quit drinking wine.
The ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ actor said: "I sort of gave up meat to try to be healthier, but with me it’s the wine. I don’t want to stop drinking wine."
In fact, Ricky admitted he would love nothing more than to spend his spare time drinking wine while watching TV.
He said: "I’d be quite happy [if you] just put me in a bucket full of wine just there, just watching [TV]."