Tom Kerridge, 45, has transformed his figure in recent years, dropping an impressive 12 stone. After turning his life around, Tom continues to encourage others to lose weight and eat healthier, with his latest venture being his BBC Two programme, Fresh Start. The programme will see Tom helping eight families to adopt healthier lifestyles with his six-step plan. But how did Tom overhaul his diet himself? And just how did he drop 12 stone?
Michelin-starred chef Tom cut out alcohol, carbs, and refined sugar to kickstart his diet, after snacking and grazing during his career led him to pile on the pounds.
He told GQ: “As a chef, I was grazing and snacking throughout service. Or I’d be eating cheese on toast and packets of crisps because they were quick and there and ready to go.
“And I was a big one to skip breakfast. I didn’t have any.”
But he is now able to find balance in his diet, adding: “There is nothing wrong with a flapjack in the afternoon when you get that 4pm lull if everything else is in place.
“Look at Anthony Joshua. He shows himself in the gym and then eating a burger in a fast food joint, but the point is he’s showing balance – the burger is a treat and he’s done an epic workout and kids are getting that now. They understand it.”
Tom dropped an astounding 12 stone in three years, after realising he was obese at almost 30 stone.
He now weighs just under 18 stone.
The Masterchef star also improved his fitness levels and told Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine he can now “swim a mile in 36 minutes and race up six floors two stairs at a time.”
He added: “In our business it becomes an obsession to party, play hard, drink hard, eat rubbish food.
“You start drinking after the last bill’s been paid and then it will go right through until two or three in the morning.
“It’s a release from the pressures of working hard. But there’s a point where you get fed up. You think, ‘I’ve got to make a change’.”
He also regularly credits the ‘dopamine diet’ for his weight loss and in an interview with Bloomsbury Publishing, Tom revealed his favourite “dopamine-rich” foods, that helped him shed 12 stone and maintain his new slimmed-down physique.
Foods include vegetables, hot sauce, tinned beans, herbs and spices, cream alternatives, cornflour, sweeteners, spray oil, stock cubes and eggs.
Tom uses hot sauce, herbs, cream alternatives and stock cubes to add extra flavour or a creamy texture to his low-carb, high-protein meals.
The chef also credits swimming for helping him shed the pounds, telling Lauren Laverne during the BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs: “Exercise is big, so I started off by swimming. I’d swim a mile and I’d swim it really slowly and I wouldn’t give up.”
He added: “Swimming is very good because you become isolated,” he adds. “No one can talk to you, your phone doesn’t ring. You’re on your own.”
However, he also regularly trains in the gym too, to keep him in shape.