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Susanna Reid gained ‘a stone’ in lockdown after raiding the breadbin

Susanna Reid has confessed she’s trying to shed weight after overindulging on bread during lockdown.

The Good Morning Britain presenter, who turns 52 this month, said she’d gained a stone and has ramped up her exercise regime and is cutting out snacking.

Speaking to OK!, Susanna said: “During lockdown I put on a stone. Unrestricted access to the bread bin was my downfall and not doing enough exercise, so I’m back on the Peloton bike and trying to cut out snacking again.”

Susanna has openly documented her weight loss journey after learning in 2018 that her weight meant she was at the top end of her BMI.

She previously managed to drop a stone and a half after quitting booze, which has now become part of her healthy lifestyle.

She added: “I stopped enjoying it. “I prefer life completely alcohol-free – it’s tiring and the hangxiety got to me. I don’t feel like I can plough on after pints of Guinness the night before. Spending time with the kids is my release.”

She told in 2020 how she quit booze after a doctor warned she was at risk of damaging her body permanently. Susanna said her GP warned that her face could end up scarred for life after blood vessels started to burst.

She told The Sunday Times Magazine: “I was concerned because my skin was flushed, I kept getting flare-ups and blemishes, and they were leaving red scars.

“I’d tried all manner of creams and washes, but I knew deep down that what was happening to my skin was probably a manifestation of what I was putting into my body."

Before she stopped, Susanna said she “loved drinking” and admitted some of her favourite memories were fuelled by alcohol.

She said: “My favourite nights were spent at the Groucho sipping crisp, cold, dry white wine, and ending with vodka shots in dark corners of clubs in Soho."

This week, Susanna has joined her colleagues Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard to launch a project close to her heart – Good Morning Britain’s award-winning 1 Million Minutes campaign. Now in its seventh year, it encourages viewers to pledge their time to charities and connect with those that feel alone or isolated. To date, people have donated over 404 million minutes to the campaign.

“It’s terrible to feel loneliness, particularly at Christmas,” Susanna said. “This campaign encourages people to volunteer their time to make sure somebody isn’t lonely. We are also going to be in your living rooms on Christmas Day and it’s our great honour. TV is sometimes the only thing people have and I take that very seriously. I’m glad we can be company for people who are not able to be with their families.”

Watch 1 Million Minutes every weekday in December on Good Morning from 6am on ITV1 & ITV Hub

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