Coronation Street actor Colson Smith – who plays copper Craig Tinker – has lost a whopping 10 stone after adopting a healthier lifestyle, but is worried he’ll always struggle with his weight
Coronation Street star Colson Smith has admitted he will probably struggle with his weight “for the rest of my life”.
The actor, 23, who plays Craig Tinker, has taken to running in the last few years and looks around half the size he was at his heaviest.
He declines to say how many stones he has lost but the change is substantial.
However, Colson said he will find it difficult to shrug off the emotional toll of being overweight as a child.
In an interview about his change in lifestyle, he said: “That fat kid is the kid that I’ve looked at every day in the mirror and I still see him now.
“It’s a battle I’m probably going to carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Colson explained how his first few months of running in lockdown were focused on shedding pounds.
But he now enjoys exercising and no longer hides by hitting the streets at night.
He said: “Every run until at least May was for the benefit of losing weight but something clicked and it wasn’t about that any more.
“I became more interested in what running actually was. My first runs were in the witching hour, pitch black.
“I had a snood and a cap on. I did not want to be seen.
“But then you see other people who look like you, in the same position as you, and the inhibitions start to run off.
“Running does give you confidence. You’re not doing it for anyone else and no one else is going to do it for you.
“Once you have that idea in your head, you’re on to a winner.”
Referring to how he is now more self-assure and has changed the way he exercises, Colson told Runner’s World: “Doing that morning run meant I had achieved something every day, even when work wasn’t happening [due to Covid].
“I had 40 minutes to an hour to talk to myself, go over my to-do list. Then you’re on a buzz because you’ve done a run and you’re one step ahead of yourself.”
In June, he released Bored Of Being The Fat Kid, a film about his new figure.
In an interview at the time, he said he had been “self-harming with food” before his weight loss.
Colson added: “I was always the fat kid. It’s kind of the identity I ended up with.
“I was ready to kind of change that and move on from it.
“I’ve learned to like myself and trust myself. I’ve learned to believe in myself and I’m now really enjoying life.
“It’s changed my entire outlook and a lot of that is down to running and the routine and being healthy.”
* Read the full Colson Smith interview in the November issue of Runner’s World UK, on sale from today.