ANY star taking part in I’m A Celebrity knows they won’t be treated to the usual slap-up meals they are used to in the real world in camp.
But it’s been revealed that they have to exist on just 700 calories a day.
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I’m A Celebrity campmates live on just 700 calories a dayCredit: Rex Features
Last night some of the campmates revealed the toll the diet of rice and beans had taken on them.
Many have already experienced weightloss since staying at the castle, with Vernon Kay revealing how his stomach was “a lot flatter” following the rations they receive.
Not only do campmates eat just rice and beans, their evening meals are sometimes hard to stomach too – which has included squirrel, pigeon and eels.
The I’m A Celeb food rations are famously stingy, and while this year’s can hardly be classed as a feast, the campmates are actually taking on more calories than previous series’.
The campmates live off basic rationsCredit: Rex Features
Bosses have introduced 100 calories extra per day, per person, to account for the fuel their bodies will need in the colder conditions.
A source told us: “This year the food in camp will be carefully worked out by nutritionists to make sure campmates are getting enough calories in the cold so they don’t burn through it and grind to a halt – which could be possible with the expected huge drop in temperature in Wales.”
Many of the options on the menu this year are less exotic than previous offerings.
Out have gone Aussie specialities and in have come homegrown produce such as Welsh lamb and hare.
The campmates are getting homegrown produce like hare and Welsh lambCredit: Rex Features
An insider said: “Producers are keen to celebrate British delicacies in the Bushtucker trials – both good and bad, from rough and ready tripe and trotters to traditions, like Black Pudding and rich, Welsh lamb, which non veggie contestants will found mouth-watering after starving on rations for weeks.”
Supermarkets and restaurants are more diverse than ever with their menus these days, and I’m A Celebrity is no different.
Meanwhile, some viewers have been scratching their heads as to how the dinner routine works.
As the show is now filmed in a Welsh castle, this has removed the huge time difference that was in play when the show was in Australia, and has made things more difficult for the crew and cast.
Vernon Kay revealed the small rations had caused him to lose wightCredit: Rex Features
Celebs were always told to be up for trials bright and early, giving them the morning to win stars, ready for a regular tea time.
However, they’re now forced to eat their main meal of the day close to midnight, with trials taking place in the evenings.
In Wales, hosts Ant and Dec deliver the vote results around 10pm, with the chosen celeb(s) then going to carry out the trial.
Meal times are always a highlight of the dayCredit: Rex Features
Food is swiftly delivered afterwards, and the stars prep their rewards under moonlight to eat on the wrong side of midnight.
It means the stars don’t end up hitting the hay until around 3am.
Savvy AJ Pritchard had planned for the change prior to entering the castle.
Beverley Callard is getting vegan foodCredit: Rex Features
He told brother Curtis’s podcast: “I’ve shifted all my times. We’ve been told to go to bed about 3am and wake up about 11am, because the trials will be filmed quite late at night due to having enough time to edit and you’ll find out who left maybe 11pm.”
The show is ensuring Sir Mo Farah is fed halal meat, while Beverley Callard is following a vegan diet.
An insider previously told us: “Mo told producers a long time ago about his food preferences, so they were prepared.
“He can’t eat certain food unless it’s prepared in the correct way according to his religion.”
Beverley only turned vegan in March, and there has been allegations from fans that she’s only pretending to avoid eating nasties in trials, while others claimed she’s been eating the meat products in camp.
However, her daughter Danielle and hosts Ant and Dec have taken to social media to clarify that Beverley has been given vegan alternatives.
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