Tom Kerridge says portion control is ‘vital’
Tom Kerridge has managed to lose an impressive amount of weight over the last three years. The professional English chef, who has appeared on the Great British Menu, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen, used to weigh around 30 stone. Rather than completely cutting out his favourite food, Tom simply decided to make healthier alternatives of his favourite meals.
Cutting back on alcohol and carbohydrates and following the “dopamine diet” has seen Tom undergo an impressive transformation.
The dopamine diet is also known as the “happy” weight loss plan.
It reportedly helps boost dieter’s moods and is all about increasing levels of dopamine in the brain at the same time as losing weight.
Last week, Tom shared his “top hero dopamine ingredients”.
He said on Instagram: “Dopamine or ‘the happy hormone’ can help to boost your mood…
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“And I think we could all do with a bit of cheering up after the year we’ve had.”
Tom’s first list of ingredients were “dairy products” which included full-fat cheese, cottage cheese, while milk yoghurt and double cream.
Next, Tom recommended eating eggs.
He said: “I always buy organise or free-range eggs.
“The eggs from chickens raised organically are preferable.”
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Another ingredient Tom recommended was eating lots of fish.
“Oily fish such as salmon, sea bass, trout, tuna, sardines and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D,” he explained.
While many diets say to avoid eating fruit which can be high in natural sugars, Tom says eating fruit is “better than reaching for a bar of chocolate”.
His “favourites” included apples, bananas, blueberries, grapes, oranges, papaya, strawberries and watermelon.
Tom also recommended eating nuts with his favourites being “almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts”.
Another of Tom’s recommendations includes eating your greens.
Vegetables aren’t to everyone’s taste but Tom said the iron in them “increase dopamine levels”.
The celebrity chef also recommended buying well-sourced meat.
He said: “I buy grass-fed beef and lamb and free-range pork, chicken and turkey.”
Lastly, Tom recommended adding chillies and spices to recipes.
According to Tom they don’t actually increase dopamine levels but “help to release endorphins”.
Tom Kerridge’s book, The Dopamine Diet is now out in paperback.
Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge airs tonight on BBC Two at 7pm.
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