Friday, November 5, 2010

Pounds Off Profile: Iron Chef Morimoto

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As you read on Wednesday, I have joined the "Throwdown! with Rae and Katie" challenge. It's inspired by their mutual admiration of Bobby Flay, which caused me to inquire as to whether any Food Network personalities would qualify for a Pounds Off Profile.

Enter Iron Chef Morimoto.  My wife and I had a brief phase of watching Iron Chef on a regular basis.  It was fun and irreverent and a great premise: two chefs compete in a one-hour contest using a single ingredient as the focus.  A contestant, usually an up and coming chef, takes on one of three "Iron Chefs". There's great drama as they try to beat the clock and their foe, all while trying to figure out how to make a dessert out of mushrooms or duck or whatever the secret ingredient turns out to be.

I've always wondered how those in the food industry deal with the temptations of delicious food all around them.  I mean, nobody's going to tell Morimoto that he has to pay for those scallops he downed while making a sorbet or something.  It must be a challenge, and indeed the Iron Chef got to the point that he felt he needed to lose weight.  Amazingly, he lost 40 pounds in three months.

A common theme of these Pounds Off Profile posts is that many celebrities lose weight the old fashioned way - consuming less and moving more - and that their methods are available to all of us.  An article on the Food Network's web site shares the lessons of Morimoto's weight loss:

1. Cut calories
2. Take a walk
3. Sweat it out
4. Alcohol only in moderation
5. Cook at home

You can RTWA for the details.  And if you're into healthy recipes, here are a few from Morimoto and other chefs who have lost weight.

It works folks.  The jury has voted, and the winner again is the Iron Chef!


Ann (-25 lbs in -60 lb challenge) said...

Holy cow, Alan! I haven't seen Chef M in a while, and I had no idea he dropped weight! The guy looks amazing, I almost didn't recognize him!! The lessons are good ones, and (for me, as always) the photo(s) are inspirational.

Thanks for posting this!

Big Clyde said...

Agreed. I love hearing about the celebs that you have profiled, where they lost it by doing the same stuff that we are doing.

Great post.

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

I never watched that show much, but he does look amazing. Good for him. And, great advice for all of us.

Raegun said...

Morimoto is one of my faves. Thanks for the link to the recipes!

The Mission said...

I tagged you in my Day #159 post. Please check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

- The Heavy Man

Michele said...

I, too, like your celebrity profiles. How about a profile on a musician, like classical or opera, to mix them up a little? Good advice, too. To live by. Michele

The Traveler said...

I wanted to thank you for your great idea about the Throwdown Challenge. Travis and I following your lead. Check it out here: