I’m A Celeb stars’ gruelling 700-calorie daily rations that leave them starving

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Stars know that when signing up to appear on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! they won't be dining on culinary delights.

Instead, the campmates are forced to exist on a restrictive diet of rice and beans that totals just 700 calories a day.

If they are lucky enough to scoop up stars in Bushtucker Trials, they're able to supplement the basic rations – but the menu is often full of delicacies they are not used to picking up at their local supermarket.

Usually – when the show is filmed in the Australian jungle – the celebs get to taste kangaroo tail and alligator steaks but since this year's series had to relocate to north Wales, the famous faces have been treated to eel, hare and ox tail.

Another change to this year's show is that producers have had to boost the number of calories they feed the contestants due to the chilly climes of the camp's new home in Gwyrch Castle.

I'm A Celeb stars are given food rations when on the show
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And to ensure the stars can battle the cold weather, they are being given an extra 100 calories a day more than campmates have been in past series.

Dishing on the calorie boost, a TV insider told The Sun: "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."

In previous series, viewers have watched campmates shrink before their eyes due to the measly meals provided to them on the ITV show – and their hunger is not faked for TV.

The stars are genuinely hungry, which means sometimes they get given electrolyte drinks and glucose to keep them going.

Show icon Medic Bob told the Mirror in 2017: “I mean there's been a couple, I can't mention it medically, but there's been a couple that have had a few dizzy spells and we've given them some electrolyte drinks and some glucose.”

Usually, the stars are given 700 calories a day but this year they get 100 extra due to being in chilly Waled
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Confirming what little food the celebs get, he revealed: “They're very hungry, really hungry. They're very hungry at the moment, they haven't done quite so well at the trials lately.

“If you could see how much rice and beans they get per person, per day, I think you'd be quite shocked. The little bit of rice is quite tiny and the little bit of beans is quite tiny.”

Last year, The Sun reported that show bosses estimate that each of the initial ten contestants who took part lost at least half a stone — more than three kilograms – when on the show.

Campmates tend to rapidly lose weight
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In 2019 a nutritionist slammed the portion size of food offered to the camp and said it's not enough to keep the celebs' strength up.

Speaking to OK! Online, registered nutritionist Lara Baudains explained: “Although a diet of just rice and beans may be sustained in the short term with just enough carbs to keep their energy levels up, another three weeks and they certainly would start to see the early signs of certain nutrient deficiencies.

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“As most of us can relate to those all to familiar mid-afternoon hunger pangs, three weeks of these you’d be pretty much ready to eat your own arm.

"Eating just rice and beans is quite a drastic change from what the celebrities were eating before they entered the jungle and with a drastic decrease in overall calorie intake comes a drop in overall body fat."

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