Eamonn Holmes blames being on breakfast television for his weight gain over the years.

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

The 'This Morning' presenter is used to getting up early to appear on the ITV show and he has confessed he would eat six meals before he would even stop for lunch.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I did 26 years on breakfast TV. It’s very ageing. I didn’t realise how much it changed my life, your habit and how you are. I was three stone heavier when I was on GMTV than I am now. The pictures of me in my 30s and 40s, I just can’t look at."

The 61-year-old star joined GMTV in 1993 before moving to Sky News in 2005 and he admitted the early morning starts meant he was "running on adrenaline" and had to refuel regularly.

He shared: "You eat more. You get up early and have a bowl of cornflakes at 4am, you get to work and you have a bacon roll then you might eat something on air like a doughnut then you finish at 9am and someone says ‘you fancy some breakfast?’ Then you have elevenses and you’ve had six or seven meals before lunch. You are running on adrenaline."

However, despite his weight gain, Eamonn loved fronting the early morning shows.

He said: "You are nought to 60, five days a week. But all that is not good for you especially being stressed and angry and confrontational with politicians.

"It was quite tense but a dream job to wake the county up with news they hadn’t known from the night before ... I was probably far too involved and cared about what I was doing and trebled my workload. Then I would finish it and do other things so I had very little me time."

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