As a chef, Jamie Oliver is constantly surrounded by food and when cooking up delicious meals it can be hard not to give into temptation. Having spoken about his fluctuating weight over the years, the TV cook shared what he did to drop two stone quickly, and it might come as a surprise to many.
Jamie revealed he began to “eat more” than he used to and dropped the weight fast.
As a nutritional expert, he explained it’s about what a person eats rather than how much they eat.
He said: “I pushed meat down, pushed veggie up, got more sleep and more movement.
“I lost 12 kilos (two stone) quite quickly and I didn’t do it through not eating. I ate a lot, more than I used to!”
While eating more greens is a healthy step forward, Jamie warned that by dropping meat it’s important people find protein in other foods so as to ensure they are still getting the right intake of the important micronutrient.
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“I thought seaweed was hippy, globetrotting stuff but our ancestors ate seaweed. It’s the most nutritious vegetable in the world,” the chef told the Daily Mail.
Of his transformation, the celebrity chef explained he decided he needed to make a change after spending his career neglecting his own health but was still changing the lives of so many with his numerous cookbooks and TV shows highlighting the importance of good, healthy food.
“I realised I hadn’t spent much time looking after myself,” he told Loose Women previously.
“I went back to school and started studying nutrition, started travelling to parts of the world to where people live the longest lives and started looking at their lifestyles.
“That was the journey and it’s been amazing.”
He revealed he cut back on alcohol and now only drinks at the weekend.
Several studies have revealed that excess alcohol consumption is linked to weight gain, as it contains lots of hidden calories and is renowned for can tricking people into feeling hungry.
But Jamie also overhauled his exercise regime, finally finding one that works for him and his busy lifestyle.
“I was getting three hours sleep a night, putting on weight and not really getting it,” he said.
“I’d always gone to a trainer but I just hated it. It was really boring.
“What I finally worked out was that it’s important for you to do it on your terms.”
He explained that he “shifted” his workout time so that he did it on the way to work and it slowly became part of his working day.
“The minute I did that I got really good at it. It’s totally mental,” he beamed.
“It’s not about getting it right all the time, in fact, it’s absolutely vital that you don’t get it right all of the time. You’ve just got to get it right most of the time,” he told Men’s Health.