Gordon Ramsay lost four stone and got ripped because he was scared his wife would leave him
Ramsay's wife changed Ramsay's life and here's how!
Gordon Ramsay admits to the Daily Mail that he was faced with the choice of either losing weight and getting fit or risking losing his wife. "I was so fat, I had to shape up or risk losing Tana," he told the publication recently.
All of 51, the celebrity chef and businessman reveals how he lost four stone when he grew to 18 stone to secure his marriage and be with his wife. He embarked on an unreal fitness regime to slim down and strengthen his core.
Ramsay looks somewhat like an iron man these days — and here's the story behind his new look. The superstar renowned chef is not only good in the kitchen but also in the gym and says his father's early death and his wife's pointing out that he had become fat, motivated him to do something about his physique.
"Tana was not impressed with the way I was," says the same man who ran his first London Marathon back in 2000. "I was overweight, 18 stone. I looked like a sack of s***. I look at the pictures and think, 'How did Tana stay around?' Because Tana has got better-looking and more gorgeous. And there she is, getting in bed with a fat f***."
He realized that his hectic work life — with never-ending hours and bad food habits — resulted in him becoming increasingly unhealthy. "It was painful. I used to look at myself in the mirror and think, 'Holy s***!' So it was a big wake-up call," he says.
His workload increased with the originating of the TV shows such as Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and The F-Word but that did not stop him from achieving his health goals. He hired a personal trainer and began pushing himself harder to become fit.
He explains: "I started focusing on getting super-fit five or six years ago when my life got super-busy. You get consumed by the work. You get sucked up. You get drawn in. All of a sudden your 'me time' is zero. There was no breathing space, no downtime, no time to even think straight. It all started hitting me hard. I didn't panic, but my head was not in the game."
When Ramsay and his wife started going on family holidays with David and Victoria Beckham and their children, the chef realized how physically unfit he looked. In front of the former England football captain, he began feeling uncomfortable in his own body and skin. He wasn't able to sit in his swimming trunks by the pool with Beckham, when he decided he would do something about it.
"I didn't have a figure. I didn't feel that good. After working my a*** off and achieving a lot, I wanted to get in serious shape."
All it took for Ramsay was his decision to reply to an email from Will Usher, a former Army captain and member of the Royal protection squad who was also a champion triathlete and coach. He wanted to dive straight for the 70:3 Ironman competition — which includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. His coach, Usher, told him that with his current status he would end up killing himself, but Ramsay was determined to work however hard it took to achieve his goal.
Usher, however, believes that one doesn't need to go to such an extent to get into shape — maintaining a good balance and keeping up with it is all the commitment one needs to stay fit. Nevertheless, on Ramsay's request, his coach introduced him to a military-style regime with "long-distance swimming, rowing, core strength work, three dizzying hour-long workouts on a gym bike every week and a strength-sapping Sunday race over the Surrey hills," enabling him to participate in Ironman.
"I asked my wife if she wanted to go on holiday," Ramsay narrates. Tana responded with excitement thinking of an exotic day by the beach. "I said, 'Great. How about Staffordshire? I've got a great way for us to spend more time together. Let's do an Ironman!" Ramsay's wife at first responded with a "F*** off!" but later got convinced by her husband and the coach. Ramsay said, "She was like this thoroughbred that just didn't stop."
The second more powerful reason behind his commitment to physical exercise was his father's heart attack at 53. "That's only a couple of years' time. I've got this reminder to get fit, it's scary. I get the fear on a daily basis. I may have not got on with him, but I still miss him. I miss everything I could have had from him if he was still alive in his 70s."
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The chef definitely does not want to follow his dad's footsteps when it comes to this — and be around for his children Megan, 19, twins Holly and Jack, both 18, and Tilly, 16. "I just have to stop and think for two minutes about why I'm doing this and there it is. I don't want my industry to kill me. I know how unhealthy chefs are at the top level. Stress. Suicide. There's a big downside to cooking loads for a living. It's lethal: from obesity to heart attacks to cocaine habits."
In regards to maintaining a diet, he says, "No milk. Just because it's sluggish. Almond milk with Weetabix for breakfast. Smoothie with frozen berries, yogurts. Dropping milk and cheese has made a massive difference. I haven't got a dietician, my a***! Do you know what my dietician is? Standing stark b****** naked on the scales every day. That's my dietician right there."
"It's the rawness of going out with a friend who is your trainer and getting down and dirty. Soaked through to the skin in the rain, with 30 miles an hour gales and idiot drivers about to kill you on the road. The more I train, the more normal I am, the more I feel that I'm still unchanged. It's just another little reminder of who I really am."
His top dietary advice is to load up on water. He says, "Take a couple of glasses before you eat, it just stops you eating a third more. You feel better but eat less." He also believes in treating yourself every now and then after a good work out session - "Give yourself a buzz. Mine would be a Dairy Milk chocolate."
The parents have groomed their children also into being fitness freaks and nowadays the family together go on bike rides for hours every Sunday. The children, in fact, are getting geared up to compete with his dad in marathons and fitness tests. Ramsay says, "I already got warned that Jack's going to kick my a*** in my marathon because he wants to go under 3hrs 30mins on his first one [which would beat dad's personal best from 2004]."
He concludes saying, "It's hard, what we're doing. It hurts. But the benefits are extraordinary."
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