Celebrity chef Rick Stein, 74, is known for his seafood dishes and is a regular on British television. He is quite possibly one of the most well-travelled chefs in the world.
His cookery shows – such as Secret France, Road to Mexico, Venice to Istanbul, and India – take hungry viewers on journeys across the globe as he cooks up a range of delicious treats along the way. But staying healthy whilst traveling on the road isn’t always possible and may cause weight gain over a period of time.
Now the friendly chef is sharing a secret tip that he says has helped him lose weight. As reported by ExpressStein starts his day with… a spicy pho.
What is Pho?
Pronounced “Fuh”, the Vietnamese dish is a broth-based meal packed with noodles, fresh herbs and protein usually in the form of meat, tofu or vegetables. It is also quite hot, as not only is the broth-base spicy, it is usually garnished with sliced chillies too.
Stein said: “I find that the heat from chilli counteracts hunger pangs, which I believe is why it’s so popular in the developing world. So I have a very spicy Vietnamese pho for breakfast.”
The experimental chef started eating chilli first thing in the morning, after realizing he had put on holiday weight. It was the four-kilogram weight gain that prompted him to try something different in his diet and shake up his morning routine.
In addition to his chilli trick, Stein also diets regularly to keep his weight down. He has lowered his carbohydrate intake, eats plenty of meat and vegetables and continues to be active.
The health-conscious chef says he frequently hits his five-a-day fruit and vegetable target. He said: “If you cook regularly at home, you naturally bring lots of fruit and veg into your diet.
“I love English apples, so at this time of the year, I’m in heaven. I don’t avoid much, but I used to find pumpkins boring until I discovered sweeter varieties.”
He makes exercise a key feature of his lifestyle and is a keen swimmer. Stein’s other tip on getting to move more is to never take escalators and use the stairs instead.
He said: “I make a point of not using escalators. I don’t go to the gym, but swim virtually every day in the sea in Cornwall, winter and summer.”
Despite lowering his carb intake, Stein’s love for bread doesn’t always guarantee a consistently low carbohydrate consumption. He said: “I love bread, it’s just about eating less.”
Another passion of the chef is wine. He admitted: “I drink too much wine – on an average week about 40 units, double what it should be.
“I know I drink too much, but God, life’s too bloody short and wine’s too nice.”