Gordon Ramsay's wife motivated him to lose weight — or lose her for good. In an interview with The Times, he said that his wife Tana, the mother of his four children, implored him to take better care of himself, as cited in Daily Mail and other media. And that, coupled with losing his father early to a heart attack at age 53, got him on the move.
'Tana was not impressed with the way I was," he said in the revealing interview. "I was overweight, 18 stone [about 252 pounds]. 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---."
As usual, the fiery chef did not mince words to describe the situation — which he admitted was quite worrisome across multiple levels.
At the time his weight was a concern, he had just won his third Michelin star — of course, an enormous accomplishment. But his work schedule was unrelenting, allowed for no sense of balance, and instead of eating healthfully, he snacked indiscriminately.
To turn it all around, he loooked to a former army captain for boot camp-style exercises. He's now down nearly 60 pounds to 192 pounds and does Ironman competitions with Tana: swimming for 1.2 miles, 56 miles of bike riding, and a 13.1-mile run.
“I don’t want my industry to kill me," he told the publication. "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."
Beyond that, he misses his dad and wants to be there for his own kids: "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."
Gordon, now 51, has improved the possibilities of living a longer life while still indulging in the kitchen.
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