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Ore Oduba loses 11lbs on Strictly Come Dancing

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Ore Oduba loses 11lbs on Strictly Come Dancing

Ore Oduba has lost 11lbs since he started 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The BBC sports presenter can't believe how much his waistline has shrunk since he started training for the ballroom and latin show last month because, in between rehearsals, he's been gorging on calorific treats and tucking into meat feast butties.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "A lot of people mentioned weight loss before I started doing it, so I started eating early in anticipation of the dancing.

"So I put on a little extra. I've lost nearly a stone in the time since I got back from the Olympics [in Rio in August] - from just being active, and dancing. Practising for jive week, it just fell off. It was the most we'd sweated and the most we worked.

"(But one day I got through) three bags of Haribo [sweets], two bacon and egg sandwiches, a chicken and bacon sandwich and an entire Thai meal for one."

And it seems the 29-year-old hunk's bad habits are rubbing off on his professional partner Joanne Clifton because she's also been demolishing high-carb grub.

The blonde star - who is a former world ballroom champion - explained: "When I used to complete I was on a strict sports diet, but when you're training for eight hours a day you burn it off anyway."

However, her parents - former world champions Keith and Judy Clifton - aren't impressed with her diet and gave her a telling off after she admitted live on air on the show's spin-off 'It Takes Two' that she regularly munches on sausage and mash.

She said: "I got told off by my parents. One of the questions was: 'What do you eat before a performance?' As a professional athlete, I should be saying: 'I don't eat much, a little bit of pasta.' But I said: 'Sausage and mash.' "

But it's no wonder the pair - who have sat at the top of the leader board for three weeks in a row - are craving hearty meals as they've been training 15 hours a day.

Joanne, 32, told BANG Showbiz recently: "He's been working this week as well as rehearsing so we've been dancing until 10 and 11 o'clock at night so we're quite tired but today it all came together and we are really happy."