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Oti Mabuse now follows a keto diet thanks to dance partner Bill Bailey

The keto diet is very low carb but high fat and protein much like the Atkins and other low carb diets. Actress Vanessa Hudgens, the Kardashian sisters and sportsman LeBron James are famous fans of the lifestyle.

While competing on Strictly last year, Bailey lost over a stone thanks to it.

South African-born Mabuse, 30, who is working with food subscription box The Green Chef, said: “The Keto thing, we started doing it.

The pair on the dancefloor last year

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“I was introduced to it by Bill actually. He is really healthy. Well it was more his wife, but when we were working together she was making all these healthy meals and she would bring them in for us, so I kept it up. I felt much better about myself. It is really good for me.”

She said: “Strictly is that thing that you know, after summer it’s Strictly. It is a highlight. We all have to abide by government rules but we don’t know [what they will be] yet [ahead of the next series]. What has happened is we have made sure it is a show that can happen in any situation.”

Oti in the kitchen

/ Green Chef

Mabuse is also a judge on upcoming ITV series The Masked Dancer. The show follows a similar format to the Masked Singer where celebrities perform in costume to conceal their identity and a panel have to establish who they are.

The star joked she “wasn’t sure” what she would do if former dance partner Bailey appeared on the show.

“I am obsessed with masked dancer. I am having too much fun on the panel. Like I am supposed to be an expert and I am just laughing. I have been asked: ‘What are going to do if its Bill and you didn’t realise.’ I mean I don’t know what I am going to do, can you imagine?”

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