Tom Kerridge’s weight has changed drastically over the last few years.
Now the chef is back on our screens with his new series Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge.
Here’s everything you need to know about his life, his new show and the dopamine diet.
Who is Tom and what is he famous for?
Tom Kerridge, 47, is a Michelin-starred chef from Salisbury, England.
After initially appearing in several small TV parts as a child actor, he decided to attend culinary school at the age of 18.
He has since worked at a variety of British restaurants, including the Michelin starred Rhodes in the Square and Adlards.
He opened the world-famous pub The Hand & Flowers with his wife Beth Cullen-Kerridge in 2005.
Within a year, he had gained his first Michelin star.
In the 2012 list, he won a second Michelin star, the first time a pub had ever done so.
Tom has also fronted his own series Saving Britain’s Pubs with Tom Kerridge and Top of the Shop, both for BBC.
Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge: what is it about?
In this new series, the chef and a group of volunteers from Gloucester embark on an eight-week weight loss and fitness journey.
Together they will be doing regular exercise and eating low-calorie meals in an effort to get in shape and reach their health and fitness goals.
In the first episode tonight, Tom calls the group to a sports faculty at a local university to reveal what they have signed up to for the next two months.
How did he lose weight?
Working as a chef food was always a temptation in the kitchen.
At 40 years old, he was obese at 30 stone and realised he had to do something about it before it was too late.
Tom Kerridge’s weight loss was down to a number of factors.
He quit booze, took up swimming and started following the dopamine diet and lost a whopping 12 stone in five years.
At 18 stone, 6ft2 Tom was still very overweight.
In 2017, he released a recipe book based on the diet entitled Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight.
What is the dopamine diet?
The dopamine diet is based around the idea of increasing levels of the ‘happy hormone’, as well as losing weight.
There are many foods that claim to boost dopamine, such as fruit and vegetables, nuts, dark chocolate and eggs.
Tom’s ‘dopamine heroes’ also include dairy products such as double cream and yoghurt, good-quality meats including beef, chicken and turkey, and chocolate – in moderation!
Did he put the weight back on?
Tom Kerridge’s weight loss was not permanent.
He recently admitted that he has put some of the weight back on.
The chef now weighs 22 stone, which he says is too much.
The percentage of body fat around his organs was double what it should be.
A few years ago I lost a load of weight but lately, it’s started creeping back on again.
Tom said: “I did not think I was in danger.
“A few years ago I lost a load of weight but lately, it’s started creeping back on again.
“We can make all the excuses in the world but the scales don’t lie. I’ve been eating all the pies!”
Is he married with kids?
Tom is married to sculptor Beth Cullen-Kerridge, with whom he opened Michelin-starred pub The Hand & Flowers.
On December 21 2015, Tom and Beth welcomed their first child, a baby boy they named Acey.
Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge starts tonight (Monday January 4) at 7pm on BBC Two.
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