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Lose A Stone In 21 Days viewers thank controversial Channel 4 show

The final episode aired last night

Lose A Stone In 21 Days viewers have thanked the makers of the divisive programme for helping them drops the pounds.

The final episode of the controversial Channel 4 diet show, which saw Dr Michael Mosley aim to help five volunteers lose 14lbs in just three weeks, aired on Wednesday (August 19) evening.

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The final episode of Lose A Stone In 21 Days aired last night (Credit: Channel 4)

What happened on Lose A Stone in 21 Days?

At the end of the programme, Dr Michael revealed the participants’ collective results.

Between them, they shed over five stone after following a carefully controlled diet of just 800 calories per day.

Dr Michael said on the show: “People say to me all the time, ‘Surely rapid weight loss is not healthy?’ And the reality is, if you do it properly it can be.

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Dr Michael Mosley helped the volunteers lose over 5 stone between them (Credit: Channel 4)

To one of the volunteers, he added: “By every marker, you are healthier than you were three weeks ago.”

“It was never really about the weight,” Dr Michael continued. “It was about all the other things which we have come across on the way, whether it is the heart disease risk, the raised cholesterol.

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“Between them our five volunteers have lost over five stone and set their bodies on track for a healthier future.”

One of the participants reflected afterwards: “It was the diabetes that really made me worry, and made me feel concerned. And it made me think about the future, and my boys and my family. So knowing that I’m going in the right direction, rather than the wrong direction… I think that’s why I got emotional.”

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One of the contestants, Katie, feared she was prediabetic (Credit: Channel 4)

What did viewers say?

On Twitter, a number of viewers said the documentary series helped them lose weight too.

One wrote: “#loseastonein21days @DrMichaelMosley thank you for your series and all you’ve put into it. I’ve made more progress with my weight in the last two to three weeks than I have in the last year.

“It’s wonderful at last to have an intelligent guideline which is already offering genuine hope.”

Practical, no-nonsense approach.

Another said: “@DrMichaelMosley thank you for your great programme #loseastonein21days it inspired me to join the fast800 community and already 9lbs lighter after a week and a half.

“Here’s to a healthier future.”

A third tweeted: “Thank you @DrMichaelMosley and Dr Clare Bailey for a wonderful series and inspiring us to #loseweight. Practical, no-nonsense approach to health. #loseastonein21days #fast800.”

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It follows a slew criticism levelled at the programme, with some viewers fearing the dietary advice on it was “dangerous”.

Channel 4’s response to the backlash is available to read in full here.

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