How Did Nigella Lawson Lose Weight?

Nigella Lawson Before and After Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, she doesn't mince words.

Nigella Lawson is an English food writer and television chef who reintroduced sexiness to television cooking by not being afraid to get her hands filthy. 

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She has her own website where she posts recipes from various cuisines, as well as tips, advice, books, and products. In an interview with The New Yorker, she voiced that she used to feel that cooking was just something people did for other people, and that cooking for oneself was a rare and wonderful exception. Instead, she now believes that cooking for oneself is an authentic experience, whereas cooking for others is corrupting.

“It has to be just you and the pan, and, when you taste it, you ought not be worrying about judging it as an achievement or not an achievement,” her statement began.

“Mostly, I’m cooking for one other friend or a couple of friends. So, I feel a bit that, when you cook yourself, you’re concentrating on what you want it to taste like.”

“And yet, when you cook for other people, suddenly you’re in view of the judging eye; however, you guard against it. When I tell people, in my books, that they mustn’t be like that, I’m also telling that to myself because it is hard,” she concluded.

Nigella is also not ashamed to share her personal weight-loss recipe. Her supporters first noticed her weight decrease in 2017. In recent years, she has talked about how she dropped from a size 16 to a size 12 in 2019 and how she has maintained her weight loss since then. She even shed two stones in two years by sticking to her weight loss plan.

Nigella Lawson's Weight Loss Tricks

The main keys to Nigella’s successful weight loss:

  • She shed pounds by working out and limiting her calorie intake
  • Some of her favorite foods are kale and avocado
  • Her favorite fitness activity is yoga

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What kind of workout did Nigella Lawson use to lose weight?

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Nigella shed pounds by working out and limiting her caloric intake. In terms of the specific exercise that helped her, the television chef stated in an interview with GoodHousing Keeping that yoga is her favorite fitness activity.

“I do yoga three times a week. I have to do something I enjoy; otherwise, I wouldn’t do it,” she said. “The older I get, the more I realize I have got to do lots of stretching. So even if I’m not doing yoga, I make myself do lots of stretching.”

“I am doing a rather slow form of yoga now called Iyengar,” she continued. “The yoga is certainly a motivation for it (looking good). As you get on in life, you value feeling well as opposed to looking well. Yoga certainly makes you feel great, and you want to carry on feeling great. I just do a bit in a very slow way. Sometimes, lying down!”

Nigella dislikes the words "clean eating" and "healthy food."

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Nigella didn’t always stick to a rigid diet, and she despises the terms “clean eating” and “healthy food.” In the same interview with GoodHousing Keeping, she explained: “No one should be put on this earth to go on a diet! No one should be put on this earth to eat themselves ill, either.”

“I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on chia seed pudding, just as I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on eggs Benedict or steak and chips… You can guarantee that what people think will be good for you this year; they won’t next year,” she added.

Nonetheless, as much as she enjoys sweets and despises the term, she equally enjoys eating and incorporating vegetables into her diet. Kale and avocado are two of her favorite foods.

“I have never been on a diet to try to lose weight. I feel like I haven’t lost weight, but I’m possibly in better shape.”

Whenever the television personality has a hectic day, she shared that her go-to meal to Hello Magazine is “a big jar of Andy’s Fairfield Granola or make a batch of Breakfast Bars at the weekend, and then you will have a perfect breakfast on the go.”

On the other hand, she commented on weekends: “For me, the weekend cries out for American Breakfast Pancakes – and if you want to make your life even easier, try my Home Made Instant Pancake Mix – or French toast (either Orange French Toast or Doughnut French Toast, you choose).”

In a separate talk, she additionally enunciated: “Why not just eat less of something, rather than having a low-fat version?”

“The girlfriends I have who are on permanent diets come straight into my kitchen, open cupboards, open cookie tins, and eat ice cream. When I want a bit of chocolate, I have a bit of chocolate. And then I don’t have to eat 10 bars of it! I’m not denying myself, so I don’t get that obsessive craving.”

She concluded her statement by noting that food should be enjoyable and that different types of foods may be enjoyed without going overboard.

“I don’t like extremes. I think that’s the real truth. I think that food should not be used as a way of persecuting oneself, and I think really one should look to get pleasure about what’s good.”

Nigella Lawson went under the knife.

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Aside from conducting yoga and minding what she eats, she dropped weight as a result of a procedure that kept her off her feet for several months, but it wasn’t on purpose.

“I had a very glamorous operation – a double bunionisation. I couldn’t walk to the fridge afterwards and, actually, it’s quite a good diet,” she disclosed in an interview with The Telegraph in 2015.

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“Not because I stopped eating but because you can say to someone, ‘Can you get me a slice of cake?’ but it’s kind of embarrassing to say, ‘And now could you get me a second slice?”

The publication mentions three more things in the interview mentioned above that may have helped Nigella lose weight: Pilates lessons, hiring a personal trainer and reducing alcohol intake.

Nigella Lawson's statement on her weight loss journey.

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Lastly, she counted in another interview with Health and Nutrition on her weight loss journey, “You must not strive for perfection but, rather, acknowledge your mistakes and work out how you can rectify them. So, if you want to lose weight, do it the Nigella way! Take care.’’

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