How Celebrity Chefs Lose Weight Despite Temptations

Paula Deen

Think it's hard to lose weight? Imagine being a celebrity chef and trying to take off the pounds! But that's just what the famous cooks described here succeeded in doing. Get the dish on their success below.

MasterChef Graham Elliot
A judge on the cooking show "MasterChef," Graham chose weight loss surgery. Since that operation, he has lost 56 pounds, reports Parade magazine.

“I started [weighing] 396 and now I’m at 340,” Graham said proudly. “That’s even better than expected…I feel amazing. I have a lot more energy. I’m able to play tag with my 6-year-old son.” And he admits that temptation is sometimes hard to resist. “If friends are eating fast food or baking fresh chocolate chip cookies, it’s difficult not to grab even a tiny piece,” he said. “Mentally, I’ve got to start thinking of that stuff as the enemy.”

Exercise also plays a role in his new regimen. He even hopes to run the Chicago Marathon. “I’m going to lose the weight and start training,” he promised. “MasterChef cojudge Joe Bastianich says he’ll join me. Maybe we’ll get Gordon (another judge on the show) out here as well.”


Rocco DiSpirito
After losing 40 pounds, Rocco improved his health in recent years. A guest judge on Top Chef and host of "Now Eat This! With Rocco DiSpirito," he also faces temptation. He discussed his weight loss success with DASH magazine and admitted that he did not take action until his doctor told him that he had both high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Faced with a laundry list of prescription drugs to take, Rocco challenged himself.

“I wanted to see if I could [improve my numbers] on my own,” he said. After losing those 40 pounds, Rocco has completed more than a dozen triathlons, including an Ironman in 2009. His message to others: “Stay away from processed food, whether it’s premade pasta sauce or frozen pizza,” he told Dash. “It’s easier than you’d think to make your own, and it will not only taste better, it’ll be healthier, too.”

Art Smith
Here's a story that can stop you from thinking that weight loss is impossible as you get older: Celebrity chef Art Smith lost 120 pounds after being told that he had diabetes! A Top Chef Masters star, Art explained to DASH magazine that his biggest change came in shifting to healthier snacks.

“I like to get really good, sweet fresh fruit and pair it with delicious Greek yogurt. That’s like the best snack ever, and it is high in protein," he said.

Paula Deen
Although it's gotten hot in her cooking empire from all the controversy, Paula has succeeded in losing weight and keeping it off. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, she lost 45 pounds.

"My message has always been the same: We have to use moderation,” Paula defended herself to Parade. “I don’t want a person who suffers from diabetes to think that they can never have that piece of pie or have something that tastes good. That’s something my family and I are working on — recipes that are diabetic-friendly without sacrificing the taste and the flavor."