Over the last few years, fans of MasterChef will have noticed some real changes in judge Gregg Wallace.
Over the course of his body transformation, Gregg was sure to document his progress on Instagram. He regularly posts before and after shots of his weight loss and in one recent post he revealed: “I lost 4 stone – didn’t diet – still have a drink – eat carbs – it’s possible- I’m the proof.”
His followers have been quick to congratulate him as well, with one user saying ‘Crikey Gregg well done 👍’ and another commented, ‘Mate, that’s incredible for a guy in his 50’s that loves food.. Well done @greggawallace.. #incredible’.
How did Gregg Wallace lose weight?
Previously weighing in at around 16 and a half stone at his heaviest, the MasterChef judge lost the weight thanks to a diet plan combination of cutting down on fatty, sugary foods and ‘retraining his tastebuds’ in order to enjoy healthier meals.
He also reduced the amount of alcohol he consumed every week, swapping his regular five pints a night to only drinking a couple of nights a few. Giving up alcohol and swapping fried foods and pizzas for healthy home cooked meals all helped aid Gregg’s weight loss, alongside his workout regime.
Speaking about his weight loss journey recently on Instagram, Gregg explained that the changes he made we small and made slowly over time, rather than making one big change to his lifestyle and diet overnight: “It’s too difficult to completely change your life overnight – that’s why so many fail – small regular changes will get you where you wanna be.”
To help others along their weight-loss journey, the TV chef then went on to launch his own wellness platform and fitness plan – Show Me.Fit with Gregg Wallace.
The website costs £7 per month to subscribe to and alongside workouts from fitness experts and advice from nutritionists, Gregg offers recipes and suggestions for tasty meals that can also help you to lose weight. There’s also lots of motivational advice to help you stay on track.
On his website, Gregg says that the one problem those looking to lose weight have is that no one has showed them how to do it.
As it says, ‘This is not a diet; it is not a quick fix. But you will lose weight and get fitter.
‘I don’t believe in diets, that is not how I lost weight. I don’t agree with doing something extreme for a short period. I believe if you can’t see yourself doing something all of your life, then don’t start it.
‘Again, this is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change, a gradual, comfortable process into a long lasting healthier, slimmer you.’
How much weight has Gregg Wallace lost?
Gregg revealed that he’d continued exercising and eating healthily during the coronavirus lockdown and had maintained his weight loss, weighing in at just under 12 stone.
He shared with his followers on Instagram: ‘Just under 12 stone. Being at home 24/7 means good choices easier’,
Gregg revealed that he’d lost over four stone since starting his weight loss diet plan.
Appearing on Lorraine last year, Gregg said: “I just taught myself healthy habits bit by bit. What I’ve learnt is it’s okay to indulge now and again. You can take 10 steps forward and four steps back – you’ll still be 6 steps better off.”
But what exactly did Gregg Wallace do to lose the four stone?
What’s the secret to Gregg Wallace’s weight loss diet?
Swapping takeaways for homemade meals
Speaking to The Sun, Gregg revealed that he upturned his diet, saying that he’d gradually reduced his intake of takeaways and alcohol, and had turned to homemade versions of takeaways instead.
So while Gregg hasn’t revealed that he stuck to one particular diet plan, it seems that he opted for healthier choices and cut out food items high in fat.
“I’m a huge fan of curries, chillies and stews and it is still possible to lose weight and eat hearty meals,” he explained.
“Think about cooking with meats such as chicken and pork — all the things that don’t have much fat. Use lean mince to make chillies, fill up with tasty stews stuffed full of healthy, low-calorie veg.”
What else did he do?
Eating a big breakfast
One of the traditional ways of keeping hunger pangs down while restricting calories, Gregg says that he always has a big breakfast to make sure he stays full through the morning.
Speaking to the Radio Times, he said, “I always eat breakfast as I’ve just come out of gym and I’m ravenous for protein.”
And what does he eat?
“I have boiled eggs, brown bread with chicken sausages or smoked fish on Ryvita with horseradish.” Gregg adds.
Upping the exercise
However, in addition to overhauling his diet, Gregg also upped his exercise regime, and posted videos of himself on social media lifting weights – even in lockdown.
Previously he told the Express newspaper, “Fitness is at the centre of my working week, my gym sessions are the first things that go into my diary. Getting fit has made a big difference to my energy levels and helps me physically and mentally.
“I’ve realised that how you feel about yourself on a day-to-day basis may be the most important thing ever.”
Tracking fitness through apps
While calorie counting might not be for everyone, Gregg says that for him it’s been a huge help throughout his weight loss journey.
“I log all calories I eat and log the units of alcohol I drink,” he told to the Express. “I use the app MyFitnessPal, which monitors how much I eat and exercise and I try to consume no more than 1,800 calories a day.
While it’s not part of a weight loss diet, Gregg Wallace says it also helps for learning about nutrition and keeping himself on track.
Gregg has been candid about the fact that he still loves a good pint (or two or three) and he certainly hasn’t ditched the booze completely. However, he has definitely seen and felt the benefits of not drinking alcohol and credits cutting back on booze as one of the ways he lost weight and got in such good shape.