Trim Tom lost a stone for Games
Tom Daley has revealed he lost over a stone in weight in the lead-up to the Olympics after being told he was too fat by one of his coaches.
Daley claimed a bronze medal on Saturday night in emotional scenes following one of the most dramatic Olympic 10-metre platform finals in history.
The 18-year-old celebrated by immediately jumping into the diving pool with his team-mates and coaches, including British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov who delivered his weight warning in December.
The Russian has often been an outspoken presence since taking charge three years ago and hit the headlines in February when he claimed Daley was jeopardising his Olympic dream by focusing on his media commitments.
Evangulov drew widespread criticism for his comments, which including likening Daley to former tennis player Anna Kournikova, whose media coverage far outweighed her sporting achievements.
But in the wake of his medal success, Daley revealed Evangulov's warning to ignore the sweets may have booked his place on the podium last night.
"At the beginning of the year Alexei wanted me to lose a lot of weight," he said.
"Since December I've lost seven-and-a-half kilos (1.2 stone) in total, which is quite a lot of weight. I've slimmed down quite a bit after Alexei's recommendation that I was getting a bit sluggish.
"I lost the weight in time for the World Series and dived well there so Alexei's point was proven."
Daley revealed a sweet tooth for ice cream had been at the root of his problems.
"I love ice cream generally although I don't like strawberry. I'm a classic vanilla or chocolate man," he said.
"I used to have one every weekend and then I cut it out and said I'd only have one after each competition.
"It got to a stage where I need to cut out the sweets, cut out the not-so-good stuff.
"I had to have healthy balanced meals, which I was anyway, but just cut out the snacks in between and cut down on portion sizes so that I got to my fighting weight.
"It's worked out for me so I'm glad I did it."
Daley revealed he had rewarded himself with an ice cream when he returned to the Athletes' Village on Saturday though.
"I got back at around 1.30 in the morning and I went and got an ice cream from the food hall straight away," he said.
"It was quite nice. It was chocolate."
Daley is now set to take a fortnight off and will on Thursday get results for his Spanish A levels.
While the teenager would like to do some TV work before he returns to school in September, he is then set to refocus on his diving after already admitting attentions had turned to Rio 2016.
"The peak age for a diver is between 22 and 24. So for me Rio 2016 is going to be the peak-performance Olympics," he said.
"I've already been doing my dives for two years and going into Rio six years and then the one after that, wherever it may be, I will have been doing them for 10 years. Hopefully after 10 years of doing the same dives I should be pretty consistent and accurate."
Daley believes he and the rest of the world will have caught up with China by the next Games after boldly forecasting the beginning of the decline of their diving dominance.
World champion Qiu Bo had been expected to coast to victory last night only to falter under pressure from Daley and shock winner David Boudia from the United States.
And while China still won six of the eight gold medals in the diving pool at the Olympics, Daley believes cracks are starting to show.
"Definitely the Chinese divers don't necessarily like pressure," he said.
"If you constantly apply that pressure they sometimes falter. That's what happened in Rome in 2009 when I won the world Championships.
"The Chinese domination is slowly coming to an end. Qiu Bo this year has been unstoppable and that's why it was such a surprise for him not to win. That was a big shock.
"With myself and David challenging him, that is great for the sport.
"Hopefully the Chinese domination will go away into the future. Now everyone is catching them up they don't have anywhere to run. They don't have many more somersaults that they can fit in."