Celebrity Chef Graham Elliot spills the beans on his 150 pound weight loss
With all that he’s accomplished as a famous chef and reality TV cooking judge, Graham Elliot feels most proud about his 150-pound weight loss. At 400 pounds, the celebrity cook and MasterChef judge had fought to lose weight before. Now that he’s reached his goal with surgery and a low carb diet, Elliot proudly discussed how his take on food has changed in a recent interview.
Graham is a father to 3 boys, and he admits that his desire to be a good role model led him to his decision.
“I have three boys — 2, 4 and 7 — and I got to 400 pounds and just realized I literally couldn’t keep going on like that. I realized how it affected my family emotionally and socially and what people think about you. I was just wanting to not be selfish anymore and live for the bigger picture.”
Realising that his size was impacting every aspect of his life, Elliot tried various ways to shed his excess weight. He recognized the need to alter his lifestyle and his diet. But it was only after attempting numerous weight loss plans that he considered surgery. Now Graham defends his decision to those who think it’s easy.
“I needed that steppingstone because I’d tried like a million trainers and gyms and programs and diets and didn’t get the results. People thought, ‘It’s the easy way out,’ but the easy way out is to not do anything and continue laying on the couch and getting a bunch of burgers.”
Elliot stresses that weight loss surgery made the difference he needed to maintain his career as a chef and MasterChef judge. For Graham, being able to taste defines who he is as a professional.
“With my stomach, 80 percent of it was removed. They didn’t redo any kind of plumbing, it’s literally just a small stomach pouch so I get full quicker. But I can still eat and taste everything as a chef.”
Having weight loss surgery doesn’t mean that Elliot can eat what he likes. Vivek Prachand, director of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Chicago, explained that Graham now follows a low carb diet. The type of surgery that underwent is called a gastric sleeve, according to the Daily Mail.
“I now look at food as fuel and focus on my protein intake. I’m in love with “pure” flavours, things that are natural and delicious, minimally fussed with, that showcase the season. I combine that with portion control,” said Graham about his low carb diet.