Gordon Ramsay has a very personal reason for his weight loss and he is sharing what inspired him into transforming his body.
The 51-year-old celebrity chef came clean in an interview with The Times about his weight loss journey.
Ramsay and his wife, Tana, have been married for 12-years and have four children together. They share a 19-year-old daughter Megan, 18-year-old twins Holly and Jack, and a 16-year-old daughter Matilda.
But according to the Hell's Kitchen host his weight was putting both his marriage and family in jeopardy.
Ramsay was pushed to lose over 50 lbs after his wife told him that he needed to take better care of his body or risk ending their marriage.
“Tana was not impressed with the way I was,” the Kitchen Nightmares host said. “I was overweight, [252 lbs]. 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—.”
Ramsay attributed his weight gain to snacking during his long work hours and busy schedule.
"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 down time, no time to even think straight. It all started hitting me hard. I didn't panic, but my head was not in the game," he admitted.
That's when he and his wife started to take family holidays with David and Victoria Beckham.
Few men would feel comfortable sitting next to the former football captain in a pool, but for Ramsay the comparisons went beyond that with his friend.
“I didn’t have a figure. I didn’t feel that good,” he said. “‘It was painful. I used to look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘Holy s—!’ So it was a big wake-up call.’
That's when Ramsay took up cycling and training for triathlons.
He ended up dropping 56 lbs and currently weighs 196 lbs and is in much better shape.
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His wife's warning was echoed by the reminder that Ramsay lost his father to a heart attack at the age of 53.
“That’s only a couple of years’ time. I’ve got this reminder to get fit, it’s scary,” he said. “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.”