Rachael Ray is one of the most popular celebrity chefs in the United States of America. With no culinary school degree to show, Rachael picked up a knack for cooking delicious food by spending a lot of time helping her mother manage 3 restaurants.
But, she rose to new heights of popularity after her ‘30 minute meals’ concept really took off. Rachael would share quick and easy-to-cook recipes on a small local TV channel, but her recipes and her style got her huge gigs over the next few years.
She was only in her 30s and landing multiple cookbook deals and hosting her own show on the Food Network, called the Rachael Ray Show. As she got busier and busier in her interviews, TV show recordings, cookbook promotions, and all sorts of ventures related to cooking, she started to gain weight. It’s natural to gain weight when you get a bit too busy with work and ignore your physical health.
However, Rachael’s body had other plans. Just as she was hitting new peaks in popularity, she got sick. But, that sickness will prove to be a blessing in disguise as it kick-started the Rachael Ray weight loss journey.
Rachael Ray’s Tonsil Cyst
Rachael Ray was getting busy in the culinary world, recording show, giving interviews- in other words talking a lot all day long. All that talking eventually took a hit on Rachael’s throat, as it triggered a cyst on her tonsils.
Once she was diagnosed, doctors told her that she needed surgery. The surgery was a success, but Rachael was told to rest her throat by the doctors. And by rest, doctors meant that Rachael shouldn’t talk for at least 3 weeks. That’s nearly a month of complete silence, and for someone who is used to talking 10-12 hours a week non-stop, it wasn’t easy.
Then, Rachael decided to focus that energy on achieving a better physical shape. She started a diet, joined the gym, and started hitting the park for long runs on a daily basis.
Rachael Ray’s Weight Loss Diet Plan
The first thing Rachael did was switch to a Mediterranean diet. Her whole diet was based on fresh vegetables and fruits. She would only eat salads as much as possible and only use extra virgin olive oil. But, she didn’t shun meat completely because she need proteins as well and she loves eating all types of food.
The good thing is that Rachael has been very open about her weight loss transformation. Unlike other celebs, she has shared a complete diet plan that she followed to lose weight and still follows to maintain that weight.
Rachael starts her day with a cup of coffee only, no heavy breakfast or anything. Then for lunch, she mostly eats a vegetable toss salad. Evening snacks include canned tuna or acai berries, but mostly she eats vegetables with a yogurt dip. And to finish off a hectic day, Rachael treats herself to pasta or a juicy steak with a glass of red wine.
It doesn’t look that healthy, but it is a mighty effective diet plan as the results are there for everyone to see.
Rachael Ray Before and After
Rachael Ray’s Weight Loss Workouts
Rachael told in an interview, ‘The gym used to be my adversary, but that has all changed. Now I look forward to it every morning.’ All this was the aftermath of her throat surgery. Rachael started running almost 4 miles every morning, and after that, she went straight to the gym. In the gym, Rachael’s focus was on cardio and strength training.
Rachael also shared that she does all of her workouts herself and doesn’t have a trainer. She just hits the gym and works with machines. Rachael said that the machines at the gym remind her of the monkey bars at the playground. She works on biceps, triceps, and crunch machines for an hour every day.
Rachael said that you should do whatever suits your body and pleases you, not your trainer. When you work out every day, you just feel more energized and get through a hectic day with utmost peace of mind.
So, in short, Rachael does cardio and strength workouts in the gym, but there are no specific sets and repetitions. An hour in the gym and a 4-mile run is her workout and it has been paying dividends.
And that’s all there is to know about the Rachael Ray weight loss story. Rachael was not worried about her physical appearance at all, and if it wasn’t for the surgery, Rachael might not have undergone such a transformation. But, we are happy she did because she looks fit and happy, which means more recipes for us.