Jamie Oliver reveals simple diet swap he made to lose two stone

Jamie's Easy Christmas Countdown aired last night on Channel 4 at 8pm

Updated on 16 December 2019

Jamie Oliver reveals simple diet swap he made to lose two stone

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed the simple diet trick he used to successfully lose two stone.

In an interview with Radio Times magazine, the chef and restaurateur revealed that the secret to his weight loss was cutting out one major food group. Oliver confessed that he has given up meat for the most part, as well as making sure he was moving around more: “I pushed meat down, pushed veggie up, got more sleep and more movement.”

To ensure that he was making better choices when it comes to food, Oliver swapped out meat for nuts: “They make you half as likely to have a heart attack. Feed them to your kids as well.”

The chef, who suffered the collapse of his UK restaurant empire earlier this year, has been on a weight loss journey for a while, but isn’t quite finished yet. In the interview, he revealed that he is still overweight. “I am four kilos… six kilos…heavier than I should be” said the chef. “I will get rid of it in the next couple of months.”

The TV star also explained how he gained weight in the first place. “I was always active as a kid and in pretty good nick until maybe the beginning of my 30s… and then I started to get just a little bit too chunky.”

In a further bid to remain healthy, the Jamie’s Italian founder has also cut back on his alcohol intake, now only drinking booze on weekends, rather than throughout the week.

Oliver’s dietary revelations were made ahead of his new one-off Christmas special, Jamie's Easy Christmas Countdown. The programme aired last night (15 December) at 8pm on Channel 4 and saw the famous chef ditch his new meat-lite diet to whip up classic festive fare such as a turkey with herb butter and crispy skin, alongside the likes of smoked salmon paté, and pork stuffing with leeks, peaches and roasted chestnuts.

Want more from Jamie Oliver? The chef also recently revealed that he uses an iPad to hypnotise his son into eating.