Strictly’s Dan Walker debuts impressive weight loss and shows off ‘loose pants’

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has shown that his Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals have already begun to pay off, as he debuted his impressive weight loss transformation on social media.

The former Football Focus presenter will take to the dance floor on Saturday (September 25) for the first live Strictly show after being paired with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova last weekend.

And it appears the rigorous rehearsals sessions are having an effect on more than his dancing prowess.

It was his BBC Breakfast co-host Sally Nugent who first noticed Dan’s transformation and pointed it out on Wednesday’s programme to compliment Dan on his new look.

Turning to her co-host, Sally said: "Before we do anything else, I have to ask you – you look a little bit different to me today."

Clearly confused, Dan asked: "What do you mean?"

And Sally responded: "Well, a little bit more tanned. And a little bit thinner!"

"I haven’t had any tan – maybe it’s the head injury from last week!" Dan quipped, referencing an incident which saw him in a hospital dash for a CT scan after whacking his head on a glass window.

"I have actually lost, with this dancing business, I’ve lost a third of a stone already," he told Sally, straightening his tie for effect.

"A third of a stone?!" Sally asked, impressed.

Dan responded: "My trousers are a little bit looser in the waist-based area."

But Dan explained that he hadn’t been restricting calories in any way – and is in fact eating more food than ever before in an attempt to keep in peak fitness for Strictly.

He continued: "But I’ve been eating more food than I’ve probably ever eaten before. Yesterday I must have had four flapjacks! I’m like Flapjack Fred!"

Sally asked: "On top of the rest of your normal food?"

"Yeah, and all the normal meals," Dan explained.

Referring to his pro dance partner, Sally said: "I did say to Nadiya the other day, food is key. She’s obviously been paying attention."

Dan added: "She did say that yesterday, she handed me a flapjack and said, ‘Sally said I needed to feed you!’ So it’s working."

Sally giggled and instructed Dan to keep eating, as he quipped in the style of Strictly hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly’s traditional catchphrase: "Keeeep eating!"

Later, Dan followed up the news of his transformation with a sweet Instagram post of him and Sally, as he pulled his back into the perfect posture to show off his navy blue suit and tie, with trousers that were a little loose in the waist.

Captioning the sweet snap, Dan wrote: "Working on my new dancey posture with @sallynugenttv on the #BBCBreakfast this morning.

"Also noticed that my trousers were a bit loosey-goosey. Turns out I’ve lost a third of a stone already dancing with @nadiyabychkova!"

Fans quickly hopped into the comments section to share their love for Dan’s new look, as one wrote: "Excellent posture! A good reminder for us all!"

"You’re gonna be a whippet by the time you’ve finished, c’mon Dan lots of carbs and high energy foods!" someone else advised.

As another echoed: "Well done!"

"Wow, go Dan!" another social media user penned.

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