Before Masaharu Morimoto was an Iron Chef, he was a baseball player in Japan. But when an injury sidelined him at age 18, he turned to his other passion – cooking – and put his exercise routine on the backburner.
The chef admits his eating habits were bad: loading up on carbs and skipping the gym. It’s the most efficient way to gain weight, he jokes.
He made five changes recently and lost 40 pounds in just three months.
First things first: Cut calories. The chef slashed his calorie intake 35 percent by eating smaller meals and taste-testing less while cooking. He also added more fruits and vegetables to his diet.
Take a walk. Between filming Iron Chef America and running restaurants around the world, Morimoto doesn’t have a lot of free time. But now, he puts in about an hour on the treadmill every day and walks to work; it all adds up to three to five miles a day.
Sweat it out. The chef wears a long-sleeve shirt while exercising. I try to do things that make me sweat, he says.
Skip the booze. He still enjoys his favorites – beer, vodka and shochu – but in moderation.
Cook at home. Morimoto’s wife, Keiko, cooks healthful Japanese dishes for the chef most nights.