“I don’t really watch the programmes that I do because you get critical of yourself,” he admitted.
James’ weight has fluctuated during his time on the small screen, with him losing four stone during his stint on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing back in 2005.
In the past, after taking part on Strictly, he revealed that he found cutting butter out of his diet helped him shift the pounds.
James, who is famous for his calorie-leaden dishes, said, “I’m determined to stay healthy and fit,
“It’s hard work because I’m a big bloke so I’ve really got to watch what I eat and drink, and make sure I exercise regularly.”
He continued, “I feel more focused, alert and confident, and my skin’s much better. People say they think I’ve actually got taller, which is ridiculous of course, but I suppose it reflects the fact that I do feel more comfortable in myself.”
The Yorkshireman, who now presents a Saturday morning cookery show for ITV, was spotted cooking up a storm at the Chesneys London stand at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.