I’m A Celeb stars before and after infamous rice and beans diet including one who lost 17lbs

Every year, a group of celebs head to the Australian outback to fight for the title of King or Queen of the jungle in I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

But amongst the harmless bushtucker trials and Dingo Dollar challenges, the heavily restricted diet has been something that has caused concern in the past, with many celebrities shrinking down during their time in the jungle.

From Jacqueline Jossa’s transformation to the former Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson’s weight loss, for three weeks, the campmates endure nothing but rice and beans and the occasional kangaroo anus – or in Boy George’s case, fermented seaweed.

This year, we’ve seen Hollyoaks star Owen Warner struggle to adapt to the food portions, but he’s only the latest on the long list of celebs who have found it hard over the years. Former rugby player James Haskell opened up about the lack of food in 2019, admitting that he “was so hungry," he was “unable to get off [his] bed and move.”

"I had physical ailments from where I went from 4,000 calories to 250 calories. That was the biggest shock,” he added.

The infamous rice and beans diet has been labelled as unsustainable and unhealthy by nutritional advisors previously.

Speaking to Sun Online, Annabel Wray and Victoria Knight said: “The reason the contestants lose weight is because they experience a daily calorie deficit, rather than the fact they are surviving purely on rice and beans.”

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Nick Knowles

DIY SOS star Nick Knowles came sixth place in 2018, and lost a whopping 2.2 stone during his 19 days in camp.

Speaking on This Morning the same year, he described the physical exercise that contributed to him shedding the pounds, never mind the lack of food.

“You have to go all the way down to the bottom of a very steep hill to get wood for the fire, which you have to do about ten times a day," he said.

"You also have to bring the water up the hill, 30 kilos worth when it's full, then you're going off doing trials with such little food.”

"To give you an idea, I was in there something like 19 days and I've lost 14 kilos," he added.

Amir Khan

Bolton-born former world champion boxer Amir Khan looked a lot leaner when he left the jungle in 2017.

The 35 year old – who famously ate the strawberries and cream dessert meant for the whole camp with comedian Iain Lee – was quick to show off his muscles when he entered the jungle.

Stanley Johnson

Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson also took part in the series in 2017, and lost a stone and a half during the process.

"I haven’t been that weight since 1954 and I want to keep it that way," the 82 year old said.

"Mind you, it’s a complicated way of losing weight."

Michael Buerk

Michael Buerk was one of the most famous jungle weight loss cases. The broadcaster entered the jungle in 2014 and went on to lose 17lbs over the course of his stay.

The 76 year old’s wife, Chrsitine spoke to MailOnline at the time, confessing that she had been worried about how much weight her husband had lost.

"I was quite horrified to realise that they only get 500 calories a day in the jungle,” she said. “It’s not that he dislikes rice and beans, but the rations are quite low."

Dennis Wise

Former footballer Dennis Wise was the 6th person to be eliminated in 2017 – the year Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo – or Toff – won the series.

But the Chelsea legend made headlines for different reasons, specifically for his dramatic weight loss.

Speaking to Ant and Dec on leaving the jungle, he said: "I've shedded so much weight, people don't realise the rations you get — I mean they are rations!

"And if you miss a group of stars, and if you don't get any, you go for a whole day all the way through to the next night and it's not nice and it's really hardcore."

Scarlett Moffatt

Gogglebox star turned presenter Scarlett Moffatt was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2016.

Scarlett revealed she had lost three stone before she headed into the jungle, and she shared a host of transformation photographs on Instagram at the time.

Katie Price

Who can forget Katie Price's (or Jordan back then) appearance on I’m a Celeb? The 2004 series was where she met her future husband and father to her kids, Peter Andre.

But aside from the sparks flying in the jungle at the time, Katie left the camp revealing she was like "two different people".

Emily Atack

Emily Atack revealed she lost just under a stone when she left the jungle as runner-up of the 18th series after being beaten to Harry Redknapp.

When talking about her weight loss at the time, she said: “I’m feeling good and healthy. I’ve had a good detox.”

Georgia Toffolo (Toff)

After being crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2017, Made in Chelsea’s Toff revealed she lost 9lbs.

She said at the time: "I feel really skinny. I had small boobies anyway and [now] I [look] down and I [am] completely flat!"

Rebekah Vardy

Before the days of the Wagatha scandal, Rebekah Vardy appeared in the same series as winner Toff.

The WAG lost a stone during her time in the jungle, and revealed that she hadn’t been that weight "since before she had kids".

Jacqueline Jossa

The former Eastenders star and 2019 winner, who recently turned 30, also underwent a weight loss transformation during her time in the jungle. The 30 year old was of course on the very bland diet of rice and beans, and revealed she was consuming around 500 calories – less than half of the recommended daily amount.


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