The Grand Tour's James May reveals surprising truth behind weight gain in blunt chat about 'tubby' new look | The Sun

THE Grand Tour star James May was candid about his weight struggles while filming for his new Amazon Prime series Our Man in Italy.

After the success of Our Man in Japan, James travelled across the pond where he explored Italy.

The 59-year-old revealed he put on weight after eating Italian food.

He told "The food in Italy is very nice, two, there is always tonnes of it wherever you go, and they talk about it constantly.

"That is a cliché, but it's a perfectly valid one… and the third one is when I was at home, especially over the pandemic period and so on, I did quite a lot of exercise and I'd go cycling every day.

"Once we'd got to Italy, I did take a folding bike with me but I didn't get that much [of a] chance to ride it so I did about a 20th of the exercise I'd normally be doing.

"Yeah, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I did get a bit tubby towards the end and I still am."

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James also admitted how he refused to take part in some challenges the producers put forward.

He added: "I always say 'I'd like to do this, this and this' and they rather begrudgingly allow me to do those things, but then the crew and producers come up with some surprises.

"It just makes better tele if I don't know what is coming up.

"If I was left to my own devices I would do craft, art, I'd look at some famous buildings and I would explore some spas.

"The crew and producers basically want me to be uncomfortable, dress, up have a terrible time and hurt myself."

James May: Our Man in Italy is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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