After being confronted by his wife, the 51-year-old celebrity chef put a healthy diet at the front and center of his life.
Being pushy and blunt is Gordon Ramsay's signature approach, but the 51-year-old celebrity chef got a taste of his own medicine when his wife, Tana, confronted him about his diet and lifestyle.
The duo appeared on NBC's Today to talk about his diet and exercise regimen after the larger-than-life television star revealed he's lost 50 pounds since embarking on a recent weight loss journey and releasing a new health cookbook this January. Ramsay sat down with Natalie Morales to explain how a new approach to diet and staying active has helped him stay fit. (You can watch the entire segment right here.)
"My father passed [of a heart attack] at 53," Ramsay says. He explained that he was 30 years old at the time. "That man never ever ate in my restaurant, and it pains me today to think that."
But Tana Ramsay revealed it was her that finally got her husband to bring his weight down to 220 pounds, from 270 earlier this year. She teased him with a newfound expression—"Little pickers wear bigger knickers"—that helped him realize that eating three large meals a day, plus all the food that a celebrity chef tests on the job, was not the best approach to a healthy life.
"I'm very good now at eating five times a day, but [in] small amounts as opposed to a big breakfast, big lunch... and a big dinner," he says.
Eating smaller amounts at an increased frequency is controversial: There is conflicting research on its effectiveness. In some cases, a bigger meal in the morning can be more beneficial—but eating five to six meals a day may be able to help some dieters increase metabolism, reduce cravings, and control appetites overall.
Ramsay also now exercises daily, and has even started training for triathlons, which is quite a change for someone who's built his public persona around being unwavering in his outlook—as we've seen previously on shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.
Viewers and fans will get a chance to see the new and improved Ramsay later this June when his new show, 24 Hours to Hell and Back, debuts on Fox. Ramsay will be broaching the subject of healthy eating on his new show, he says. And fans as well as those who are interested in learning more about Ramsay's new approach to healthy eating can now buy his most recent cookbook, Ultimate Fit Food: Mouthwatering Recipes to Fuel You for Life, in stores and online.
"If we toned down the sort of quantity and honed in on the quality, you'd feel so much better," Ramsay says. "So it's about sort of eating better, but eating less at the same time."