'I've got a fast metabolism so I need to eat a lot and often': Under the microscope with Gareth Malone
01:09 GMT, 4 December 2012
The Choir star, 36, on pumping iron, what makes people attractive, his biggest food weakness and how he avoids a hangover
'I follow a low-GI diet which regulates your body sugar and energy levels,' said Gareth Malone
HOW DO YOU KEEP THOSE LUNGS SO HEALTHY
I kid you not, but I love going to the gym and pumping iron. I’ve got a brilliant trainer who used to be in the Army and has all these wonderful names for the exercises he does, like ‘the full Arnie’, ‘the punisher’ and ‘the pump’. You need energy for my job.
EVER LOST YOUR VOICE
Yes. I had pleurisy (an infection of the lining of the lung) when I was 11. I felt like I was struggling to breathe and there was a real scraping sound in my chest. I was prescribed antibiotics and during my fortnight’s recovery I lost all my puppy fat and became the beanpole I am today.
SO YOU’VE NEVER HAD TO DIET
Not in the faddy sense, but I’ve got a very fast metabolism so I need to eat a lot and often. I follow a low-GI diet which regulates your body sugar and energy levels. I start the day with oats, like porridge or oatcakes, and an egg because it sets me up for the day. I’m 5 ft 10 in and weigh about 10-10 st.
I’m definitely a savoury person. Beautiful cupcakes just leave me cold. I would much rather have a bit of Stinking Bishop cheese, or a steak and frites with a glass of wine. Oysters are another weakness.
I take an Alka Seltzer or a Resolve when I get in and try to drink as much water as I can before going to bed like a bloated whale, with multiple glasses of water lined up for when I need them during the night. If I wake up with a hangover, I know I’m going to be useless until the middle of the afternoon.
POP ANY PILLS
I think it’s a bit potty when people take lots of vitamins and supplements and then stuff their face with fast food. However, I have started taking a good quality fish oil to help keep me sharp.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER 'If I could be this age with this energy and zest for life, but I'd want everyone else to be there, too,' said Gareth
When I was 18 I got glandular fever, which was hideous. It wiped me out for almost 18 months. I’ve never known tiredness like it: getting from the bedroom to the loo and back was like climbing Everest. Once you’ve had it, you’re susceptible to recurrences. Thankfully, I haven’t had a bout for almost 15 years.
EVER GOOGLED YOUR SYMPTOMS
All the time! When I was about to have my wisdom teeth out a couple of years ago, I wanted to see in advance if there was anything I could do to kill the pain. I wished I hadn’t, as there were loads of horrifying stories about operations that had gone wrong.
WOULD YOU HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY
Confidence is what breeds attractiveness. I don’t see myself ever going under the knife.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
If I could be this age with this energy and zest for life, but I’d want everyone else to be there, too.
Choir, a book about the series, by Gareth Malone, is on sale now (Collins, 20).