Strictly Come Dancing star Tyler West has revealed he’s had a secret battle with his body image which has made him obsessed with the gym and constantly comparing his appearance to others.
The Kiss FM presenter, 26, said: “I used to compare myself to others on Instagram and look at myself and say ‘that’s not good enough’ so my gym obsession before n It wasn’t necessarily just for health and fitness.
“It was because I wanted to look a certain way. It got a little out of control.”
West, who is currently on the BBC One ballroom series with dance partner Dianne Buswell, 31, said performing on the show left him feeling the ‘happiest’ he has ever been with his body.
He credits his new found happiness to losing weight and eating right during intense nine-hour rehearsals.
He added to MailOnline: “Before I started competing I was 104kg and now I’m around 97kg. I’m lighter on my toes, lighter all around. I feel like a whippet.
“The show is so intense and there is so much work in every routine. It made me think differently about body image.
“I had body image issues.”
He continued: “So now coming onto the show, I’m going to be honest with you, there have been days where I literally can’t eat enough calories.
“It taught me not to take things too seriously and to relax a bit because I’m probably the happiest I’ve ever been about it.”
He said of professional dancer Buswell: “Dianne is Australian and says she is nurturing.
“She always feeds me and brings a little snack to every workout, which I love.”
He added: “Sometimes we have healthy snacks, but we also have our little sweet treats, but she’s been a huge influence with all of that because when it comes to social media.
“I just need to relax and learn not to take everything seriously.”
Wise, who also ran the London Marathon last month, performs the Tango to the Doctor Who theme on Saturday night to celebrate 100 years of the BBC.
The other contestants will also take to the dance floor to iconic BBC themed tunes, including Tony Adams performing the Cha Cha to the Grandstand theme.
Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton performs a Charleston to the children’s show’s theme song.