Hairy Bikers health: Dave Myers and Si Kings wake up call from doctor

Hairy Biker Si King reveals Dave Myers is 'not well' with Covid

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The Hairy Bikers Go North returns for its fourth leg tonight on BBC Two at 8pm.  Dave and Si’s tour of northern England takes them to North Yorkshire, where the TV stars will explore the moors and the amazing producers that call the National Park their home. The pair meet the youngest ever chef to receive a Michelin star and a former hairdresser now looking after a rare breed of woolly pigs, whipping up a series of delicious meals on their merry way.

Their journey across different parts of the world trying different cuisines has earned them an iconic brand and an unbreakable bond.

But it hasn’t always been an easy ride for them both. Si revealed on a solo appearance on The One Show last week that Dave is currently unwell with coronavirus, and said on Tuesday his co-star is “doing as well as can be expected”.

Dave, 64, and Si, 54, received a frightening wake-up call in 2012 from a friend who was also a doctor. He told them both that their weight was out of control and needed to do something about their expanding waistlines.

Dave said: “A friend who is a doctor told us, ‘Look lads, you are middle-aged and morbidly obese. You need to do something about it.

“I was something like 40 percent fat, my blood sugar was borderline for Type 2 diabetes and my cholesterol and blood pressure were way too high.”

He added: “For me it was incremental. I probably put on a stone a decade which I think a lot of people do.”

It’s hardly surprising that Dave and Si were by each other’s side the whole time as the Hairy Bikers became the Hairy Dieters.

“We helped each other,” Dave said. “It’s easier if there’s an element of competition.”

In August 2012, the BBC aired Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight which saw the pair embark on a weight loss mission whilst staying true to their love of good food.

Dave dropped from 19 stone (120 kg) to 15 stone (95kg) in a year, as the pair shed more than seven stone between them.

He told the Mirror in 2018 that calorie counting and cutting alcohol out of his diet saw the weight drop off.

He explained: “As the diet kicked in, in week two I lost over four kilos, nearly ten pounds.

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“My clothes started to fit better. I have always loved clothes and have lots of clothing I bought without trying on, and had to leave in the wardrobe.” His proudest achievement on his weight loss journey, he explained, was “walking into a posh shop and buying a well-fitting designer suit off the peg”.

Si, meanwhile, is convinced that losing weight is the reason he is still alive today. After four consecutive days of headaches in March 2014, he recalled watching a rugby match on TV.

He said: “The players started sliding off the screen, it was bizarre. I knew I was in real trouble.”

He called the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and a taxi to take him there. He was hardly conscious by the time he arrived, and struggled to look at light.

A lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, confirmed there was blood in his spinal fluid. 

He was rushed into surgery to stop an aneurysm bleeding into his brain.

Si said he was “incredibly lucky” to escape without any permanent damage.

He added: “I don’t think I would have survived if I had been at my full weight.”

Their respective experiences of losing weight inspired them to help others follow in their footsteps.

They launched the Hairy Bikers Diet Club in January 2014, which includes recipes and tips to help people lead a healthier lifestyle. Dave, however, stressed the need for balance when speaking to the Mirror.

He said: “I still want a curry on a Friday night and maybe a steak and kidney pudding at the weekend, but not all the time.”

They released a recipe book titled ‘The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight’ which shows readers how to cook the nation’s favourite takeaways while still watching the calorie count.

The Hairy Bikers Go North airs tonight at 8pm on BBC Two. It will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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