Take That star Gary Barlow has revealed that he had to make ''big changes'' to lose weight and get himself into better shape.

The 42-year-old Shine singer has opened up about how he focused on his fitness and managed to get himself down to 12 stone.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Gary said: ''I've made big changes. I take exercise more seriously now and I'm big on well-being.

''I eat well, do an acupuncture session a week and I try to sleep well and do things to aid good sleep.

''I don't eat sugar, I don't eat fried foods and I stay away from McDonald's and chips and things like that.''

Barlow added: ''I've just not got the sort of body where I can pick and choose what I eat.

''I've got to go for one thing and sticky by. So I've tried not to have sugar and caffeine, etc, and it's boring, it's really boring. But it works for me. The result is that I feel good.''

He further pitched in: ''I do maybe four or five runs a week, perhaps every other day.

''I'll do a 6k on one of them and I'll do a sprint thing in the park on another day. Six or seven uphill sprints and I'm absolutely knackered by the end.

''I do high heart-rate stuff and try to be active in the morning. I'll walk Daisy to school in the morning and if I'm doing a phone interview I walk around at the same time.''