The future is looking at lot brighter - and a lot lighter - for "Top Chef Masters" star Art Smith: He's lost 120 pounds!
"You can change your life with a salad," Smith told People of how he changed his diet from fried chicken to healthier fare. "I found that no food tastes as good as what it feels like to be healthy."
He celebrated his weight loss by appearing on the show in a Speedo on Wednesday night's episode.
"I'd never worn a Speedo in my life!" Smith told the magazine. "When you feel fit, you don't want to wear any clothes and let it all hang out."
The talented chef is following an increasing trend in the celebrity chef world. Several once-portly chefs have started dropping the pounds for health - and have gained a zest for life.
Paula Deen surprised no one when she admitted her Type-2 diabetes diagnosis earlier this year. The southern chef is known for her high-fat, high-calorie creations laced with lots of butter, but she's switched that out for daily walks and more vegetables.
"It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel," she told People earlier this year of her 35 lb. weight loss.
"Top Chef" veteran chef Nikki Cascone was never morbidly obsese, but she did have about 50 lbs. of weight to lose after having her children. The owner of Octavia's Porch in NYC dropped the weight by largely avoiding refined sugars and planning meals.
She does make sure to enjoy her favorite foods from time to time, though.
"I commit to having two full pieces of fruit every day. They curb my appetite and keep my sweet tooth in check," Cascone said in 2011. "When I'm hungry and I'm craving a scoop of ice cream but know I haven't had my apple yet, I opt for the apple first, then ultimately end up reserving the ice cream for another day."
Chef Alton Brown was inspired to lose weight after seeing his 213-lb. frame on television. Well, that and he felt a sense of responsibility for the obesity rate in America.
"Celebrity chefs are the high priests of the food craze that is partly responsible for the fattening of America," Brown told Time in 2009. "We helped people get into this mess. I don't see why we shouldn't help get them out."
The "Good Eats" host eventually lost more than 50 lbs. and ran the New York City Marathon. No easy feat for even naturally athletic people!
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