Inside Tom Kerridge’s weight loss journey – and how TV chef dropped 12st


With a career based around food, it’s understandable for TV chefs to find it hard to keep in shape at times.

Over the years, Tom Kerridge, 47, has opened up about his incredible weight loss journey where he lost 12st.

Before he embarked on his transformation, the Michelin-starred chef weighed 30st where he’d go on massive drinking sessions.

He soon realised booze and hangovers were contributing to his weight, so Tom decided to ditch alcohol for good.

In recent years, the TV star has spoken out about the secrets to his impressive transformation.

Not only did he cut booze and add exercise to his routine, Tom made a number of changes to his diet.

Tom Kerridge before his weight loss journey
The TV chef used to drink a lot before his journey

He decided to cut down on the amount of carbs he was consuming and started following a dopamine diet.

A dopamine diet is where you eat foods that boost the levels of “happy hormones” so it’s easier to stick to it.

Tom told the Mirror in 2017: “It’s impossible to lose weight and keep the weight off for good if you don’t enjoy what you’re eating.

“The NHS offers really sound advice about how to lose weight so I’ve taken this as the starting point for creating delicious low-calorie dishes people will want to eat every day.”

Tom Kerridge after his weight loss journey
Tom lost an impressive 12st during his weight loss

Tom added: “The cooking techniques mean there’s no compromise on flavour and you’re promised a generous plate of food!

“I’m hoping this will help more people to lose weight and still love what they eat.”

Dopamine impacts the reward and pleasure centres in the brain and activation occurs for a number of reasons.

Rather than an overnight fix, the chef realised he would have to plan what he was eating to really make a difference.

Tom Kerridge after his weight loss journey
He dropped an impressive 12st during his journey

The chef 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. I was a big one to skip breakfast. I didn’t have any.”

It successfully took Tom 12 weeks to make the change after working out which recipes he would use and ban.

His diet included vegetables, tinned beans and eggs, but he did still have a treat every now and again.

Tom described dairy products his “dopamine heroes” and continued using full-fat cheese, milk, yoghurt and double cream in his recipes.

But one of the biggest challenges for the culinary mastermind was cutting booze.

And with gyms closed across the country, Tom has been running 20-25km a week to stay in shape.

He concluded: “Some days are really, really hard and some days are easy. Most of the time it’s not relevant in my life.”





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