Tom Jones, 78, underwent a lifestyle overhaul in 2011 after realising the impact his diet was having on his health. The Voice UK coach successfully shed two stone by switching to a healthier diet, ditching unhealthy treats and getting help from a dietician. The pop star also consulted a US diet book named Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance. He also quit drinking for a few months after his dietician was shocked to discover the pop star was drinking a bottle of red wine each night with his dinner.
Taking on the paleo diet – also known as the caveman diet – Will.i.am’s co-star began to fill his diet with fresh, raw foods instead of processed.
During an interview on Radio 2 in 2011, Tom said: “I was putting too much weight on.
“I didn’t think I was going to and I left the working out for a bit, thought I’d keep a check on it.
“But with the Christmas puddings and cakes, before I knew it I was 230lb (16.4 stone) which was 30lb more than I should be.”
Tom added: “I couldn’t get into my suits. That’s when I thought, ’this has got to stop’.”
The pop star got help from a dietician and a US diet book named Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance, overhauling his diet and upping his intake of fresh foods.
Tom explained: “I’d recommend it to anybody. It tells you to get back to what we used to eat when we were hunters and gatherers. Eat anything that’s natural – meat, fish, veg.”
“What I didn’t tell him was I’d started off with a martini, had a cognac and a bottle of champagne too,” he added.
Tom lost 2st 7lb in just five months on the paleo diet.
What is the paleo diet?
The Paleo diet is named after the Palaeolithic era, as it is inspired by the diet of early man.
Proponents of the diet eschew foods made abundant by agriculture, such as bread.
A number of studies have shown that the diet an contribute to weight loss. In fact, it may help diets to shed fat faster than other weight loss diets.
On the paleo diet more calories comes from fat and protein than from carbs.
Sugar and grains are not allowed on the diet, and diary is also to be avoided.
One study found that those who ate according to the paleo diet lost 2.5 time for weight after six months than those on a low fat diet.
Another study found those who ate a paleo diet followed then by a diabetes diet lost more on the paleo diet.