Jungle diet hits the spot
THE jungle diet is a winner.
Basic daily rations of beans and rice has seen the remaining nine I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! contestants lose 77kgs or more than 10 per cent of their total body weight in just five weeks.
Singer Casey Donovan has lost the most, dropping from 149kgs to 132kgs. That represents a drop of more than 11 per cent of her pre-jungle weight.
"I didn't expect 17kgs, I was maybe thinking five or eight," Donovan said.
"I'm happy. I'm never confident about weight, it is something that I don't like to stand on scales.
"I kind of just go by clothes and if I go by clothes, yeah there has been some weight loss."
Collingwood AFL great Dane Swan wasn't far behind Donovan, dropping 14kgs from a starting weight of 101kgs five weeks ago when he said he'd been eating and drinking non-stop since he retired from football last year.
"I'm fading away," he smiled.
"If I had of lost six or seven I would have been really happy but to lose 14 is amazing."
Before going into the jungle, Swan told News Corp: "If I come out putting on weight, something has gone horribly wrong in there."
Three-time Olympian Lisa Curry and comedian Nazeem Hussain both lost nine kilograms while Natalie Bassingthwaighte dropped six kilograms and shock jock Steve Price is down 10kgs.
"That can't be serious. Who knows, there might be a stage for mature age models," he joked.
Beauty queen Tegan Martin and former My Kitchen Rules star Ash Pollard are both down four kilograms while series intruder Carson Kressley has also shed that amount in the two weeks he's been in the jungle.
"There are a billion different diets out there in the real world but I would have to say this jungle diet has just totally hit the spot," Pollard said.
Celebrities have just one week left until the series finale when one of them is crowned king or queen of the jungle.
Celebrities live off daily basic diet rations of 25 grams of oats, 45 grams of beans, 50 grams of rice, 200 grams of vegetables and two tablespoons of oil.
They compete in various Tucker Trials and challenges to obtain extra food for the camp.
"It is a pretty hectic diet and a hectic lifestyle in there so this result is not unexpected and it is nothing to be worried about," doctor Riesa Jansen van Rensburg told News Corp.
"You start losing your fat first, which is why we've seen the ones who had more to lose are losing the most. With the smaller girls that went in, they would start breaking down muscles to use as protein."
*The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten