American chef Gregory Gourdet is sharing the results of his weight loss journey.
Gourdet, the former finalist on the 12th and 17th seasons of Bravo’s American reality television series, Top Chef, revealed that he lost 40 pounds in the second half of 2021. He said he lost weight after giving his body a “health reset.”
The 46-year-old restaurateur shared a pic of before and after side-by-sides, ending with a final after photo as he opened up about his “pandemic weight journey” on Instagram.
He captioned the snap, “212# to 172# This was hard! Between gyms closing, a running injury (I have a torn meniscus), and survival eating at work, I gained a good amount of weight in 2020.”
He also opened up about his experience with weight gain, adding that he “pressed the health reset button in July” when he was at his “highest weight ever,” but he quickly discovered that previously successful methods like intermittent fasting and yoga were not working.
Gourdet said, “I power walked on a treadmill for months until my therapist told me I could run again. I went keto for the first time and extended my fasting to 20 to 24 hours a few days a week and finally started losing the extra weight. Spent hours diving deeper into the health benefits of fasting and keto.”
He thanked all who helped him throughout his journey, including his physical therapist and personal trainer.
Gourdet told his followers that “health isn’t measured by weight. Thick or thin, always love yourself,” encouraging them to “live in whatever body you feel comfortable in and don’t compare yourself to people on the internet. We all come in different shapes and sizes and can all do different things in our bodies.”
He concluded the post by sharing that he has “a very long road to recovery.” He said he wants to “be in shape” for the opening of his wood-fired Haitian restaurant Kann, which is set to open in late spring.