Celebrity chef and father-of-four Gordon Ramsay has opened up about his weight-loss, sharing that he shed 22kg to help save his marriage.
"Tana was not impressed with the way I was," the 51-year-old told The Daily Mail of his wife of 22 years. "I was overweight, 18 stone [114 kgs]. 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."
When the 41-year-old told Ramsay he was putting on weight, it was "painful".
"I used to look at myself in the mirror and think, 'Holy s***!' So it was a big wake-up call,'" he said. "I didn't have a figure. I didn't feel that good. After working my a*** off and achieving a lot, I wanted to get in serious shape."
Ramsay began overhauling his busy schedule, finding time to exercise and concentrate on his health. "I started focusing on getting super-fit five or six years ago when my life got super-busy," he said, adding that he was consumed by 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."
He began a gruelling exercise regime with athlete and coach Will Usher, who shares updates about his celebrity client's progress on Instagram.
"'It's hard, what we're doing. It hurts. But the benefits are extraordinary," Ramsay said.
Getting fit even became a family affair, with he and his wife completing a marathon together in 2015.
But saving his marriage wasn't the only reason behind the Kitchen Nightmare host's lifestyle change. Ramsay's father, also Gordon, died at just 53 years old, after suffering from a heart attack. "That's only a couple of years' time," Ramsay said. "I've got this reminder to get fit, it's scary. 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."
Being there for his own children, 19-year-old Megan, 18-year-old twins Holly and Jack, and 16-year-old Tilly, is a constant driving force. "I just have to stop and think for two minutes about why I'm doing this and there it is."
Ramsay made headlines last year when he shared that he won't be leaving the bulk of his fortune to his kids.
"I've never been really turned on about the money," he told The UK Telegraph. "That's not my number one objective, and that's reflected in the way the kids are brought up."
That includes not sitting at the front of the place when they travel as a family. "They don't sit with us in first class. They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you're telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We're really strict on that," Ramsay said at the time.
"I turn left with Tana and they turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, 'Make sure those little f***ers don't come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane,'" he says. "I worked my f***ing arse off to sit that close to the pilot and you appreciate it more when you've grafted for it."