Gordon Ramsay Reveals the Secrets Behind His 50 Pound Weight Loss

The fast-paced food industry isn’t the best environment for making your own health a priority. Gordon Ramsay may be a celebrity chef, but even he has fallen victim to the stress of his career. He opened up about how certain factors may have led to weight gain, but he managed to turn his life around.

The Hell’s Kitchen star has been looking better than ever, and now we know why. He’s down 50 pounds, and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Here are his secrets to weight loss, including the biggest motivating aspects in his life.

1. He lost weight to save his marriage

Disappointed Gordan Ramsay

He hated the way he looked. | FOX

One of Ramsay’s biggest motivators to start his weight loss journey was fear that his wife, Tana, would leave him. He told Daily Mail, “Tana was not impressed with the way I was. I was overweight … I looked like a sack of s***. I look at the pictures and think, ‘How did Tana stay around?’”

He explained that his wife is a fan of fitness, and that she approached him about his weight. He recalled, “It was painful. I used to look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘Holy s***!’ So it was a big wake-up call.”

Next: This sad loss helped him get his life on track.

2. He lost his father due to a heart attack

Gordon Ramsay critiquing food on Hell's Kitchen

His father died of a heart attack. | Food Network

Ramsay’s father passed away at only 53 due to a heart attack, which has motivated the MasterChef judge to make serious changes to his health. Considering Ramsay is only 51 years old, he pointed out, “That’s only a couple of years’ time.”

“I’ve got this reminder to get fit, it’s scary,” he added. “I get the fear on a daily basis. I may have not got on with him, but I still miss him. I miss everything I could have had from him if he was still alive in his 70s.”

Next: You won’t believe his insane workout regime.

3. He’s on a military-style regime with his personal trainer

Gordon Ramsay poses for a photo prior to signing copies of his new book 'Bread Street Kitchen' at Selfridges

His trainer is a former army captain. | Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Ramsay went all-in when he decided to make his health a priority. He’s working with Will Usher as his personal trainer, who’s a former army captain and member of the Royal Protection Squad.

Usher put Ramsay on a military-style regime, which includes “long-distance swimming, rowing, core strength work, three hour-long workouts on a gym bike every week and a strength-sapping Sunday race over the Surrey hills,” according to London Evening Standard.

Next: His workouts are clearly paying off.

4. He’s training for an Ironman race

Can he finish an Ironman race? | Harry Engels/Getty Images for Ironman

The regime is clearly working for Ramsay, as he’s reportedly training for an Ironman race. It includes a grueling 13.1-mile run, 1.2-mile swim, and a 56-mile bike ride.

This won’t be his first challenging race, either. In July 2017, he competed in the London Triathlon along with his family.

Next: This is how he fell off the wagon.

5. His work schedule was encouraging bad habits

Gordon Ramsay on Hell's Kitchen

He was snacking too much. | Food Network

As a celebrity chef, Ramsay has a hectic work life with drastic working hours, which inevitably led to bad habits. According to London Evening Standard, it was “leaving him little time to eat full meals and instead left him relying on snacking.”

Ramsay admitted, “You get consumed by the work. You get sucked up. You get drawn in. All of a sudden your ‘me time’ is zero.”

Next: These simple changes made a major impact on his diet.

6. He made major changes to his diet

Dairy is out, almond milk is in. | iStock

According to Us Weekly, Ramsay didn’t hire a dietitian to restructure his diet. Instead, he made simple changes with major impact on his own. “No milk. Just because it’s sluggish,” he explained.

“Almond milk with Weetabix for breakfast. Smoothie with frozen berries, yogurts. Dropping milk and cheese has made a massive difference.”

Next: These aspects of the food industry are life-threatening.

7. He doesn’t want his industry to kill him

Gordon Ramsay poses at the Trianon palace restaurant

The food industry is incredibly stressful. | Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Making it to the top in the food industry undoubtedly leads to an insurmountable amount of stress. Ramsay confessed, “I don’t want my industry to kill me. I know how unhealthy chefs are at the top level. Stress. Suicide.”

He continued, “There’s a big downside to cooking loads for a living. It’s lethal: from obesity to heart attacks to cocaine habits. I was scared for my life.”

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