Gordon Ramsay is in the best shape of his life at 46 after losing 30 pounds on a high-protein, dairy-free diet.
Ramsay's superior conditioning enabled him to complete the 2013 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in an impressive 14 hours. The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride and then a 26.2-mile run.
“I look like a bloody piece of asparagus!” Gordon told Triathlete magazine Oct. 21, adding that he won't allow his weight to drop below 190 pounds.
The 6-foot-2 Ramsay slimmed down from 226 pounds to 196 pounds by following a high-protein, dairy-free diet and consuming lots of vegetables and vegan shakes.
"My pre-race meal [consisted of] a lot of fish, a lot of iron, a lot of spinach, not a week before, but a month out," he said.
Ramsay, who previously ran a dozen marathons and ultra-marathons, said he wanted to challenge himself by completing the grueling Ironman Triathlon. His training included working out three to four days a week, doing 70-mile bike rides, 25-mile runs, and daily two-hour swim sessions at 4:30 a.m.
Gordon's triathlon diet included breakfasts of oatmeal or muesli. For lunch and dinner, he consumed high-protein meals such as poached fish and chicken. The "Hell's Kitchen" star also cut down on his coffee intake to just one cup every two days and drastically limited dairy intake.
The Scottish restaurateur is thrilled to have completed his first triathlon. While the training was tough, he enjoyed the meditative aspects of rigorous exercise. “My biggest training motivator is time to myself,” he said. “I see it as a way of a rest. I’m away from everyone.”