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How celebrity chefs like John Torode and Gregg Wallace managed to lose weight

TV chefs are surrounded by delicious ingredients all day long, which makes for an enticing job, but some of them have managed to lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles

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Celebrity chefs often grace our screens, aiming to make our mouths water on shows like MasterChef – which just returned for a new series last month.

Being surrounded by tasty morsels all day means people like John Torode, 56, can pack on the pounds while working on their culinary projects.

It’s no surprise, then, that a number of TV chefs have changed their eating habits and exercise routines to lose weight, including Nigella Lawson, 62.

With that in mind, James Moore has explored how celebrity chefs have managed to regain a healthy weight despite the temptation to work with food.

John Torod







John Torode reportedly lost three stones
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weight loss: 3

How he did it: As MasterChef returned to our screens last month, the 56-year-old judge – who is married to actress Lisa Faulkner – revealed he usually puts on a rock while filming the show.

But he recently lost 3rd place by going to the gym and cycling and made sure he stopped skipping breakfast.

Why it works: A high-protein breakfast can actually help speed up your metabolism.

A healthy morning feast also curbs hunger pangs throughout the day and helps control blood sugar levels, allowing you to avoid crashes and the temptation to reach for the unhealthy
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Gregg Wallace







Gregg Wallace feels “fitter” than ever after losing weight
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weight loss: 4

How he did it: The MasterChef host and former greengrocer, 57, feels “fitter and healthier than ever” after losing weight and toning up.

Wallace says he didn’t go on a diet, instead cutting down on takeout and alcohol, eating healthy homemade food and going to the gym five days a week.

Why it works: Takeaways have sky-high calorie and fat counts.

According to a study in the Journal Of The Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics, adults who prepare their family meals at home are 26 percent less obese.

Paul Hollywood







Paul Hollywood lost weight through activities like bicycling
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weight loss: 1

How he did it: After gaining weight during lockdown, the 56-year-old Bake Off star lost a stone while running and cycling.

He also ate lots of eggs for breakfast and soup in the evening, while cutting out alcohol and consuming just 1,100 calories a day.

Why it works: A US study showed that eating breakfast with eggs resulted in 65 percent greater weight loss over eight weeks.

Limiting your calories can lead to weight loss due to deficit with the daily allowance, but you should seek medical advice before following a restricted calorie diet.

The NHS recommends consuming 2,500 calories a day if you’re a man and 2,000 a day if you’re a woman.

Jacob Martin







James Martin lost a significant amount of weight
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weight loss: 5

How he did it: The popular TV chef, 49, has dropped from 5th place in just two months by cutting down on fatty foods, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and exercising, particularly by incorporating walking into his daily routine.

Why it works: According to a British study, people who walk regularly and briskly have smaller waists than those who do other forms of exercise, such as walking. B. Going to the gym or playing football or rugby.

Nigella Lawson







Nigella Lawson previously lost two stones
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weight loss: 2

How she did it: The TV chef has spoken out about how her weight fluctuates but says she avoids crash dieting.

Instead, the 62-year-old lost 2nd place by simply reducing her portion sizes at meals to put her body in a calorie deficit.

She also does yoga regularly, which can reduce belly fat.

Why it works: A study from the University of Colorado found that as little as 100 calories per day — about three bites from a burger — curbed weight gain.

Tom Kerridge







Tom Kerridge changed his diet at 40
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weight loss: 12

How he did it: By the time the chef turned 40, he took drastic measures to shed his belly by cutting out alcohol, refined sugar and carbohydrates while following what’s known as a dopamine diet — chewing things like dairy, which stimulate the “happy hormones” in the body increase brain. The 48-year-old also swam a lot.

Why it works: Reducing carbohydrates and alcohol reduces calories, and the feel-good dopamine diet is designed to help you stick to your weight-loss program. Swimming burns 600 calories an hour – the equivalent of three bars of chocolate.

MasterChef can be seen on BBC1 on Wednesdays at 8pm.

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