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The Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food And Lose Weight

Making this series is going to be a real challenge for us both, and we each have our own very personal reasons for wanting to change our eating habits, which will become evident in the programme." The Hairy Bikers
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The Hairy Bikers are back with a brand new mission. Si King and Dave Myers have made their names cooking real food for real people, creating mouth-watering dishes big on flavour and calories and their bodies have taken the toll after many years of good cooking.

Now all that has to stop. The problem is they’re not prepared to live on salads and compromise on taste. Loving the food they eat is a cornerstone of their lives and they know they won’t succeed in shedding the pounds if the food they eat is dull and repetitive. Their plan: to try to create some delicious healthy recipes to help them on their way and so persuade Britain to lose weight with them.

Getting trimmer starts at home, so the boys seek their families’ support as they’ll have to come along for the ride too. Then as Si and Dave set out to change the way they eat they conclude it’s not just the food that’s got to be different; their lifestyles will have to change too. It’s time, they decide, to garage their beloved motorbikes and take up pedal power in their quest to lose weight.

On their journey the boys will join forces with the men and women of Britain to find ways of creating food that satisfies their lust for tasty cooking and answers the demands of the doctors and nutritionists who want them to make less of themselves. The boys hope that what starts with a mighty weigh-in will end in triumph, lessons learned and trousers taken in.

Calling on viewers to help build an online cookbook of low-cal delights, the Bikers set out to discover how to enjoy the best Great British food at home, when entertaining friends and menu in hand at the restaurant and still lose weight. Creating new dishes and adapting some culinary treasures to make them and us fitter for life, Si and Dave deliver laughter and tears on an emotional and great-tasting odyssey.

The Hairy Bikers say: "We're two blokes who love food.  As we've always said, 'We're not this shape for nowt.'  Last year we spent four months sampling the finest patisseries in Europe.  We had a blinding good time, but it has left both of us with a bit of a spare tyre.  It's time to get that punctured in a way that is sensible and sustainable.  

"Making this series is going to be a real challenge for us both, and we each have our own very personal reasons for wanting to change our eating habits, which will become evident in the programme.  

"It's our way of being responsible and aware of the problems so many people have with health and diet, and the first stop is ourselves.  But it's not a U-turn, it's more of a detour and we hope lots of viewers will join us in our journey to shed those extra pounds that make our waistlines strain sometimes..."

The series (4x60) was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two and Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats BBC One and Two. The Commissioning Executive at the BBC is Lisa Edwards and Nicola Moody is executive producing for Optomen.

Lisa Edwards says: "I'm delighted to be working on such an exciting project with The Hairy Bikers and particularly one which is so personal to them. It is testament to their range and appeal as BBC Two talent that the British public are joining them on their journey to radically change their lifestyles whilst still focusing ultimately on their love of great food."