Tom Kerridge weight loss: Chef shares 12st transformation with diet of ‘dopamine heroes’

Tom Kerridge recalls ‘five-day bender’ on 40th birthday

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Tom Kerridge will host Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start on the BBC tonight, January 10, at 7pm. Viewers of the show will be reminded of the chef’s recent weight loss journey and transformation.

Tom Kerridge, 48, has opened up about his weight in the past, having struggled with his appearance.

Fans of the chef will have noticed his transformation over the years, but some people may be surprised to know that Tom has reportedly lost a whopping 12 stone since the beginning of his journey.

When he was 40 years old, Tom was diagnosed as obese, weighing 30 stone at the time.

He decided he needed to do something about it.

Tom revealed that his wife, sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge, and his son, were the main motivators behind his weight loss.

Beth gave birth to baby boy Acey in 2015 and Tom said he wanted to be there when he grew up.

That meant getting healthier and fitter.

In just five years, Tom lost a huge 12 stone.

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How did he do it?

Tom began to cut alcohol from his diet and started to do more exercise.

He told the Mirror in 2020: “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.”

Tom also credited the dopamine diet for his weight loss, and even released a recipe book based on his personal food journey in 2017, entitled Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My Low-carb, Stay-happy Way to Lose Weight.

The diet involves increasing levels of the “happy hormone” dopamine in the brain, while helping slimmers to lose weight at the same time.

There are many foods that can increase dopamine, some of which are dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yoghurt, unprocessed meats like beef, chicken, and turkey, fatty fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dark chocolate.

Most versions of the diet recommend avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and processed sugar.

For Tom, enjoying what he ate was a huge help when losing weight.

Speaking to the Mirror in 2017, he said: “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.”

Tom decided to cut down on snacks too to shed the pounds. He told GQ magazine in 2017: “As a chef, I was grazing and snacking throughout service.

“Or I’d be eating cheese on toast and packets of crisps because they were quick and there and ready to go.

“I was a big one to skip breakfast. I didn’t have any.”

Tom added foods that are high in protein to his diet and stuck to healthy ingredients such as vegetables, tinned beans, and eggs.

He also cut sugar from his diet, but stressed that one can enjoy some treats once in a while.

“There is nothing wrong with a flapjack in the afternoon when you get that 4pm lull if everything else is in place,” Tom added.

The chef has also continued to use full-fat cheese, milk, yoghurt, and double cream while cooking, calling these foods his “dopamine heroes”.

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