Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver lost 26 pounds recently without going on a drastic diet. Instead, Oliver made two simple dietary changes, according to UK outlet, Express.
“I lost 12 kilos quite quickly and I didn’t do it through not eating,” he explained in the outlet.
First, he traded meat for nuts to meet his fat and protein intake.
“They make you half as likely to have a heart attack. Feed them to your kids as well,” he explained in a radio interview, according to Express.
Oliver may be onto something: nuts contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein, a mix that helps keep you full for longer periods of time. Plus, the nutritious food can help decrease risk of heart disease.
Of course, you can overdo it, so it’s important to be mindful of portion size if weight loss is your goal. Generally, a handful of nuts per day is a reasonable amount.
Recently, Oliver has encouraged people to eat eat more plant-based meals. The chef released a new cookbook, Veg, which is dedicated to making meat-free meals that even the most devout steak lovers will enjoy. Oliver also hosts a cooking show, Meat-Free Meals, in the United Kingdom.
And his second major change? Cutting back on alcohol.
“Your average Brit drinks booze. I’m not telling you what to do, but my rhythm now is only to drink at the weekend,” he said.
Even moderate drinking can increase your daily caloric intake by up to 400 calories.
Although these strategies worked for Oliver, it’s always best to do what works for you.
“It’s about a consciousness and knowing you’re doing something and being more mindful,” said Oliver.