Gregg Wallace has said that shedding several stone “wasn’t a struggle” after he rejected extreme diets and cut out takeaways and alcohol in favour of healthy meals.
The Masterchef and Eat Well For Less? star, who is 5ft 8in, said that he “wasn’t happy” with his previous weight of 16st 7lb, and initially resorted to restrictive diets in an attempt to shed the pounds. But after trying everything from fasting to cutting out carbs, Gregg admitted that he was left “horribly hungry and miserable all the time”.
The 57-year-old then switched up his methods to instead embrace healthy home cooking and regular exercise, taking alcohol, snacks and takeaways out of his diet, The Express reports . The changes resulted in Gregg losing 4.5st, and he regularly shares updates from his gym workouts over on his Instagram page.
Gregg told The Sun that losing weight “honestly wasn’t a struggle” – and despite initially being motivated by wanting to “look better on the telly”, the presenter now wants to get as fit as he can so that he can have “the body of a 20-year-old at 60”. He continues to run his own fitness brand, ShowMe.Fit, to help motivate others to lose weight by offering recipes, nutritional advice and workout routines.
“I learnt that it’s far better to wean yourself off the crap diet slowly and cook proper, healthy meals, as you are far more likely to succeed and enjoy the change,” Gregg advised. “I’m not talking about lettuce leaves here, I’m talking about foods you want to eat.”
He added: All you’ve got to do is change habits. That fun [over-indulging] can cost you your health, can keep you overweight and unhappy. You have to change.”