Tom Kerridge recalls ‘five-day bender’ on 40th birthday
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Tom Kerridge, 48, will appear on British screens tonight, hosting the BBC programme Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start. The show focuses on flavoursome recipes found in Tom’s book, Fresh Start.
Tom has presented a slew of cooking shows in the past, including Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge and Top of the Shop.
He has also appeared on the Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen, among others.
Fans of the chef will have noticed how different Tom has looked over the years, but some will be surprised to know that he has lost a huge 12 stone since the start of his weight loss journey.
Tom decided to do something about his weight a few years ago when, at aged 40, he was diagnosed as obese.
At the time, the chef weighed an unhealthy 30 stone.
He was motivated to kick start his weight loss journey by his wife, sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge, and their child, Acey.
Tom said he wanted to be around to see Acey grow up, which meant doing something about his weight to become healthier.
He did this by making changes to his diet and adding regular exercise to his routine.
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In July 2020, Tom told the Mirror: “I stopped drinking all by myself.
“I knew what I wanted to do and then I got on with it. It was all about mental strength. I have an addictive personality.
“People ask me whether I’m an alcoholic, but I think it could have been anything, it’s just that alcohol was the thing I found. Maybe I am an alcoholic, I don’t know.
“Some days are really, really hard and some days are easy.
“Most of the time it’s not relevant in my life. I channel all that old drinking energy into work now.”
Reducing his alcohol intake helped Tom lose weight.
As well as this effective lifestyle change, the chef focused on his diet, choosing to follow the dopamine diet, also called the “happy” diet because it allows slimmers to eat what they want – as long as the foods are low in carbohydrates.
This means the diet is easier to stick to and, as a result, dieters will be more consistent and lose weight quicker and more easily.
Tom also released a book in 2017 on the diet, entitled Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My Low-carb, Stay-happy Way to Lose Weight.
Speaking about the recipe book at the time of its publication, the chef told the Mirror: “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.
“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.”
As well as eating low-carb foods, Tom cut sugars from his diet too.
However, he stressed that it is okay for slimmers to enjoy a treat or two once in a while.
He added: “There is nothing wrong with a flapjack in the afternoon when you get that 4pm lull if everything else is in place.”
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