I’ve lost a lot of weight but I still eat out two or three times a week...
You’ve been very open about your weight loss. What’s your top weight loss tip?
My top tip would be to cut down the booze and increase the amount of exercise you’re doing. I now go to the gym six times a week and I don’t drink nearly as much as I used to. Those two things combined have made a huge difference for me.
How often do you eat out at restaurants?
I used to go out for dinner up to five times a week and now it’s about two or three. Do you know what my ex-wife liked making for dinner? A reservation!
Do you think it’s possible to keep up a healthy eating regime if you’re eating out at restaurants?
I would actually say it’s easier to eat healthily in restaurants in some respects. Restaurants tend to have so many healthy food options on the menu, you’ll never struggle for choice, in fact, you’ll probably feel a bit inspired instead! The only thing you have to be very careful of is hidden ingredients, like butter on your vegetables or such like. Some people look at eating in restaurants as a treat, but actually I just eat out because I’m hungry. I’m lucky as I’ve lost a lot of weight and I still enjoy eating out a lot.
What are your top tips for healthy cooking?
I cook a lot at home now. I would say the best way to cook healthily is to cut down the fat, it can be really hard to do, but you just have to cut it down completely. There’s absolutely no miracle when it comes to losing weight – you just have to make the decision to live a healthier life. I don’t think you can just change your lifestyle dramatically, but you can do it gradually and teach yourself to enjoy new meals, foods and flavours. If you find a healthy meal you enjoy, try not to eat it all the time or you’ll become a bit bored of it.
What is the best cooking advice you can offer someone?
It might sound a bit cliché, but I would recommend getting a decent cookbook and just working your way through it and enjoying yourself. Try not to view cooking as a chore! Instead, get in the kitchen, pour a glass of wine, play some music and just enjoy learning new recipes. Cooking should be an enjoyable task for everyone.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
My absolute guilty pleasure is Angel Delight – I bet people think that’s a weird choice, but it’s really not! It’s honestly so good.