Rachael Ray’s Weight Loss Secrets – How Did The Celeb Chef Lose 40 Pounds?

Inspiring you to take the healthy route to get your mind and body back in shape.

By Charushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist

The two-time Emmy-winning celebrity chef Rachel Ray’s weight loss has stunned her fans. She does not look a day over 30 in her 50s. And now, with 40 lb down and her dazzling smile, it looks like she is on a mission. But the question is, how did she lose 40 lb? More importantly, can you lose a few excess pounds the same way? Scroll down to know more!

Rachael Ray’s Weight Gain – Where It All Began

Rachael Ray’s career as a chef kick-started before she could even let her new job sink in. She started making 30-minute meal recipes to encourage people to cook at home and have delicious food. When she was about 40, she started gaining weight. It could be due to stress or the fact that her life revolved around food. But then, this happened…

Throat Surgery


While business was booming and Rachael Ray was perhaps on 10 different cookbooks, shows, and magazines, her throat was taking a hit. She would talk non-stop for 12-16 hours a day – and that triggered a cyst in her throat.

She underwent throat surgery and was asked by her doctors to give three weeks’ rest to her throat. This meant she could not speak for three weeks! Imagine her plight. Someone who is so used to talking every day has to be completely silent for about a month! However, she took this opportunity and started releasing her frustration at the gym.

At the gym, she started training with her husband and began to lose weight. Here’s her workout routine.

Rachael Ray’s Workout Routine

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Rachael Ray does a mix of cardio and strength training. She said, “I started running 3 ½ miles every morning after throat surgery to remove a cyst last year. The gym used to be my adversary. But that has all changed. Now, I look forward to it every morning.”

In an interview with Women’s Health Magazine, she said, “I do strength work on the machines: biceps, triceps, the twisty one (I call it the twist and shout) where you hold on to the handles, the thing that looks like a chair without a seat that you hold yourself up on, and my personal favorite, the crunch machine. I really dig the machines—they’re like the monkey bars at the playground. Then I do what I call my bendy-stretchy and go home. That hour at the gym is my recess from being Rachael Ray. Between my daytime show, the Food Network shows, my magazine, and my books, I’m always go, go, go! But working out is my time. That’s why I don’t use a trainer. I’d feel like it was about making the trainer happy, not making me happy. Plus, trainers want you to listen to them. I like listening to my music.”

Rachael also pointed out one of the best benefits of working out regularly. She said that exercising regularly has helped her mentally. She said, “It really makes me feel mentally so much more on point, so much more even. I don’t lose my temper. I don’t get lost in the middle of the day, I just have a much cleaner, clearer vision every day and I can get so much more accomplished mentally by moving physically every day.”

Apart from working out, Rachael Ray also followed a balanced diet to whittle the extra inches. Here’s all you need to know about her diet.

Rachael Ray’s Diet

Rachael Ray follows a Mediterranean diet. She consumes a lot of veggies, extra virgin olive oil, and salads. She also makes sure to keep herself hydrated by drinking at least 8 ounces of water per day.

When asked about diet, Rachael said, “I don’t categorize food as bad or a guilty pleasure.” She loves food and enjoys eating toss-salad and a good dinner. Here’s her diet plan.

MealsWhat She Eats
LunchVegetable toss-salad
SnackAcai berries or canned tuna or veggies with Greek yogurt dip
DinnerSteak or pasta with a glass of wine

Rachael also emphasizes the importance of following a healthy lifestyle. Check out what she has got to say about it.



  • “I care about my general health,” she said and added, “we’d stay up late having an extra bit of wine and deal with stuff at work. Now we go to bed at 10:30 or 11. We sleep better and psychologically feel like we can deal with our days better.”

And this is true! Sleeping early will help you get up early. You will have time in the morning to fix yourself breakfast, the first meal of the day. That, in turn, will set the tone of your day. Your brain will work better, and you will not feel fatigued and drowsy all day long.

  • You must also work out regularly – just like Rachael does. Working out will help improve cell function, blood circulation, brain activity, and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Eat smaller portions frequently to keep your metabolism active.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Add dietary fiber to your diet to increase satiety levels.
  • Consume a plant-based or animal source of protein to improve muscle mass and allow muscle recovery.
  • Add healthy fats like avocado, nuts, nut butter, olive oil, rice bran oil, flax seeds, melon seeds, and sunflower seeds to your diet to reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Avoid late night snacking.
  • Avoid sugary and salty foods.
  • Avoid fried, canned, packaged, and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook your meals at home most of the times.
  • Avoid consuming mayonnaise dressing and other readymade salad dressings.

Rachael ray’s weight loss stunned her fans. Her throat surgery was the start of her fitness journey. She has followed a Mediterranean diet. It consists of many vegetables, salads, and healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil. Adequate hydration and getting enough sleep also greatly impacted her weight loss journey. Rachael’s workout routine majorly included strength training and cardio. Hence, eating healthy food and a regular workout routine helps one stick to their weight loss goals.

Key Takeaways

  • Rachael Ray does a mix of cardio workouts and strength training to lose weight.
  • She mainly follows the Mediterranean diet to maintain a healthy weight.
  • She also emphasizes the importance of working out regularly, staying hydrated, and eating home-cooked meals to stay healthy.

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Charushila is an ISSA certified Fitness Nutritionist and a Physical Exercise Therapist. Over a span of 5 years, she has... more