IS THAT RE­ALLY YOU, HUW?

Daily Express - - Front Page - By News Re­porter

BBC news an­chor Huw Edwards can help him­self to an ex­tra mince pie or two this Christ­mas with­out a twinge of guilt thanks to his im­pres­sive three stone weight loss.

The Welsh jour­nal­ist, 57, took up box­ing in his bid to beat the bulge and his new slim­line fig­ure and chis­elled cheek­bones have seen him at­tract a new le­gion of ador­ing fans.

He dis­played his lean physique in a jolly red jumper along­side Queen of Bak­ing Mary Berry, Poldark star Eleanor Tom­lin­son, Olympian Dina Asher-Smith and co­me­dian Joe Lycett.

For­mer Bake Off judge Mary, 83, in­vited the four to join her in her kitchen to help cre­ate a fab­u­lous fes­tive feast for her Christ­mas Party, which airs on BBC1 on De­cem­ber 17 at 8.30pm. De­spite claims he “never cooks”, Mary will put Huw’s culi­nary skills to the test as they pre­pare some of her mouth-wa­ter­ing Yule­tide recipes in­clud­ing crispy sal­mon and dill filo parcels, chicken and mush­room suet pie and a hazel­nut meringue roulade with white cho­co­late and clemen­tines.

Huw wowed view­ers back in May when he pre­sented the Beeb’s cov­er­age of Meghan and Harry’s Royal Wed­ding, and de­buted his in­spir­ing trans­for­ma­tion. The fa­mil­iar portly fig­ure with mid­dleaged spread and dou­ble chin had been re­placed with a newly de­fined jaw­bone and a trim fig­ure.

His ath­letic look was en­hanced by a glow­ing tan and crown­ing glory of coiffed sil­ver hair.

It emerged that Huw, who is mar­ried to TV pro­ducer Vicky Flind, had lost three stone af­ter sub­mit­ting him­self to a box­ing­cen­tred fit­ness regime un­der the su­per­vi­sion of for­mer pro Clin­ton McKen­zie.

He has said of his fit­ness drive: “I don’t have any beauty se­crets but I have taken up box­ing. I’ve al­ways bat­tled with my weight un­til I found box­ing. Now I do three ses­sions a week and feel great.”

Huw, who was 16 stone be­fore his makeover, says: “I feel bet­ter than I have for years and it’s great get­ting so many com­pli­ments.”

Pic­tures: JEFF OVERS, RICHARD LEWISJOHN/BBC; DAVID JENSEN/PA

Huw Edwards be­fore his weight loss and, right, look­ing svelte with Eleanor Tom­lin­son and Mary Berry

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