JAMIE OLIVER is a world renowned British chef, famous for his casual approach to cooking. The self-proclaimed foodie lost an impressive amount of weight, but how?
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Jamie Oliver, MBE, who was recognised as the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry in 2005, dropped two stone by overhauling his lifestyle.
Jamie Oliver lost two stone by eating more vegetables and less meat (Image: Getty)
The 46-year-old told Radio Times: “I pushed meat down, pushed veggie up, got more sleep and more movement.”
Jamie recognised the benefit of plant-based goodness in his 2019 title Veg, and decided to take a leaf out of his own book.
He encouraged people to snack on healthy nuts, to help them meet their protein and fat requirements without having to reach for unhealthy food.
“They make you half as likely to have a heart attack. Feed them to your kids as well.”
Health Line reported that in a study of overweight women, women who snacked on almonds lost almost three times as much weight than the control group.
As well as snacking on healthy nuts, Jamie reduced his meat intake.
Red meat in particular is very calorie dense, and studies undertaken in 2006 and 2011 found that those who ate a lot of it were more likely to be overweight than those who did not.
Additionally, he decided to minimise his alcohol intake.
He continued to Radio Times: “Your average Brit drinks booze. I’m not telling you what to do, but my rhythm now is only to drink at the weekend.”
Making a decision to refrain from alcohol only on weekdays meant that he could enjoy drinking in moderation, and as a treat rather than a lifestyle.
He told Men’s Health earlier this year: “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.”
Jamie Oliver drops two stone after making simple change in his diet
Healthier meals and halving food portions had an immediate effect on the chef’s weight
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has dropped two stone in weight after making a simple change to his daily meals.
Jamie – who is best known for his popular cooking shows on Channel 4 – revealed that choosing healthier meals and halving portion sizes had an immediate effect on his weight.
He said dropping meat from his meals had helped him to unintentionally shift around 28 pounds, reports the MEN.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the 46-year-old explained: “I pushed meat down, pushed veggie up, got more sleep and more movement.
“I lost 12 kilos quite quickly and I didn’t do it through not eating.”
Along with swapping meat for large portions of vegetables, Jamie also recommended people start snacking on nuts as they’re beneficial for heart health.
The award-winning chef also said Seaweed was “the most nutritious vegetable in the world.”
Jamie shares five kids – Poppy, 19, Daisy, 18, Petal, 12, Buddy, 11, and five-year-old River – with wife Jools Oliver.
In the interview, which took place last year, the popular chef urged people to “feed them to your kids as well” when talking about upping his portions of veg.
He released a cookbook in August 2019 called Ultimate Veg where he showed his love for veggies, as the book was full of plant-based recipes.
Jamie also revealed he had cut back on booze and only drinks on a weekend – after banning alcohol during the weekdays – and tried to get more sleep at night.
He said the changes to his diet have made him “more mindful” and he has a positive “consciousness”.
Jamie shared his wife Jools’ recipe for granola on his website calling it the “perfect portable breakfast” too.
He wrote: “Granola is a great way to enjoy all the different types of dried fruits, nuts and seeds that you might not otherwise get in your diet.”
Speaking to panellists on Loose Women in 2015, Jamie said he had been inspired to lose weight after he realised he hadn’t spent any time looking after himself.
He said: “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.”