Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge has lost a staggering 12 stone in the past three years – or as the blurb for his book, ‘Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight’ points out, the equivalent of 70 bags of sugar.
Following a dopamine diet has been one of the main keys to Tom’s success: ‘The recipes feature ingredients that trigger the release of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine in your brain, so it’s a diet that will make you feel good!’, the publishers of the title explain.
‘Tom’s ‘dopamine heroes’ include dairy products such as double cream and yoghurt, good-quality meats including beef, chicken and turkey, and even chocolate,’ – which doesn’t sounds like a bad diet plan, if you ask us.
Speaking during an appearance on This Morning earlier this year, Tom explained that a milestone birthday proved all the motivation he needed to stay on top of his weight loss goals.
‘I’ve lost over 10 stone in two and a half years. It’s been a lifestyle change, a process,’ he said at the time.
‘I was approaching my 40th birthday and that’s the point you look at what you’ve achieved and start analysing where you’re going and where you wanna be in the future and you start thinking… so yeah, I made a big lifestyle change.’
Rather sadly, but also obviously, he never allowed himself to eat any of the cake! You read that right – none of the delicious cakes, pastries, pies, puddings or breads featured on the show, and we’re just as baffled as you as to how he managed it.
‘I was very well behaved,’ he admitted. ‘I wasn’t a judge, they were the guys who had to judge it and eat it and test it.’
Tom, now 42, also revealed that he’d given up alcohol and cut back on carbs as part of his new regime.
‘Carbs are a big thing,’ he explained to the Radio Times. ‘The more you understand it and the more you look into it, you see that there are so many carbohydrates involved in sugar as well.’
Following on from his amazing weight loss journey, Tom will be hosting a new show on BBC2 – Tom Kerridge: Lose Weight For Good – helping others to lose weight.
Tom earned his Michelin stars through his pub the Hand and Flowers, and explained that as well as sweet treats and carbs he also cut alcohol from his diet to ditch the pounds.
‘I own pubs and, you know, I’m quite good at tasting,’ he detailed. ‘So I knocked all booze on the head. Stopped drinking, went completely teetotal.’
‘I went, right, I’m not drinking. That’s it. No more. Then for Christmas my wife Beth bought me tickets to go and see a live band once a month. So I said, I’ll have a drink on those nights. But it petered out pretty much after that and now I don’t miss it.’
‘Every now and then I think, “I could have a drink,” and then I just think, “There’s no point; I won’t have one”.’
Ditching sweets and alcohol aren’t the only dramatic changes that Tom’s made, either – he now incorporates regular exercise into his healthy routine.
He told the Telegraph: ‘My alarm wakes me up at 6.15 every morning and I go to the swimming pool at a hotel up the road. On a busy day I swim a kilometre, on a relaxed one I’ll do a mile.’