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Keeping in good shape as a Chef

post #1 of 20
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Is it hard to stay in good figure as a chef or is the cliche "never trust a skinny chef" true? I want to try and lose a few pounds as a chef but am curious to see how most of you are... Are you all in good shape or could you afford to drop a few?
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post #2 of 20
actually, i'm at my skinnniest working. 10-12hr+ days, 6+ days a week on your feet. I taste a lot, but don't sit down for a real meal. Same with most folks i know, eat on the fly cuz there's always something to be done. Course it's not the healthiest diet....;)
post #3 of 20
I am definately not a skinny chef, but I still like to think, that below all my fat, I am in shape. :D Seriously, I may be overweight, but long, hard hours keep me pretty healthy. OK, I can't run a marathon, but I would challenge most people to keep up with me. I think if was more concious about what and when I eat I would be in much better shape though. It's not the constant tasting of food that kills you, it's the late night "dinner" (especially pizza for me) after a day of eating nothing.
post #4 of 20
Not a Chef, but I'm a cook in a fine-dining establishment. I'm definitely not as fit as I used to be (used to have 9% body fat, very built), but I'm still in very good shape compared to most people, and most cooks...
post #5 of 20
One long day in the kitchen and my meals would be something like this:

4 scrambled eggs, 6-8 slices bacon
4 pieces fried chicken thighs
2 pieces cheesecake
bunch of fruit from cutting up fruit trays (no I didn't eat while cutting)
1/4-1/3# spaghetti with whatever sauce was there
Coupla beers at the bar after dinner service

Oh yeah, with probably half a gallon of Coca-cola thrown in

I still never gained weight.

Once I stopped working I put on twenty pounds. I've shed about 10 of those, I'm gonna try lose another 10 this summer. :)
post #6 of 20
Maybe it's also moreso genetics and keeping healthy. I'm still new to culinary, but I taste things all day long in the kitchen, and I've kept my weight around 120 the whole time, plus or minus a few pounds.
post #7 of 20
I think I'm as unhealthy as I have ever been since I started working in kitchens. I pretty much work 14-17 hours a day 5-6 days a week, and all I do is snack on crap all day long. A few pieces of bacon in the morning, some fried chicken around lunch, and a bag of chips when I get home. Plus I'm tasting stuff all day long. :D I rarely sit down to eat a full meal. When I do I get full halfway through. Most of the people I work w/ seem to be the same way. I guess I should work on eating a little more healthy. Oh yea, and a LOT of coca-cola, and a beer after everything.
post #8 of 20
My shape is great!! Just like a boule that is proofed and waiting to be scored.
30 yrs of eating on the go and not digesting properly finally caught up with me. I now sit for each meal. I sometimes go off property if it's hectic, even for 10 min.
Being healthy and being in shape are really two different things. I carry weight but BP norm,Cholesteral 138,no sugar etc. my PCPhy. gave up on getting me to lose weight, he says I'll pass from old age. :D
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post #9 of 20
I'm in High School right as a sophmore. I do track and field and cross country :cool: , also weight room 3 times a week. I guess I'm in pretty good shape. Once I get a job and jump into college im probably gonna lose it :p
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post #10 of 20
As I work alone all day in the kitchen I barely have time to eat, so I'd probably be really skinny if only it wasn't for all the S&V crisps I pig out on once I get home!
post #11 of 20
They say if you work with sweets all day long, you don't want to eat them. It's been 21 years of working with sweets, and I'm still waiting.
It's always a race between the two obsessions- working out and eating- to see which will win. I'm not skinny, but I'm very fit! :bounce:
post #12 of 20

The big question is...

How do YOU feel? As a cook I always had a few pounds extra but grazing (tasting) and working out is the way to go. If you feel you need to loose a few pounds, GO FOR IT!!!! You don't need to ask us, you already know what you want -- now just seek advice on how to do it! XXXXOOOO
Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame
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Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame
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post #13 of 20

Forgot to mention

BTW -- I never trust a skinny chef ;)
Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame
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Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame
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post #14 of 20
---- I don't trust the dead ones either! :eek:
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post #15 of 20
Not sure if that's a joke or not, but I've met many very good chefs who are skinny (or at least not overweight), and many famous ones are in decent shape as well. Ducasse, Keller, Adria for example are not very big (certainly not compared to the average American)... The best chefs I personally know are all in decent shape.
post #16 of 20
Honestly I eat twice a day, both staff meals where our chef makes us sit down and enjoy a meal prepared by all of us. We work 12 hrs a day 5 - 6 days a week and on my time off, I run or play squash to deal with the imbalance that my passion has brought me to. Im skinny, only because of what I do or maybe that just me.
But really,heavier cooks might have problem keeping up with the rest of us.
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post #17 of 20
It's real important for chefs to stay healthy, actually it's important for all, but for chefs especially for the kind of work they do. It's so tempting in the kitchen to just eat and eat, and at the end of the day, who really wants to go workout or do anything except for crack open a few beers and watch TV and fall asleep on the couch.

The next best thing is diet I guess. Eat right, you probably walk about 2-3 miles in the kitchen already.

PS 100folds, how many ways can you do eggs? ;)
post #18 of 20
That's cute. You know I looked into that and I could only find like 70 +. Not a lot of people know about that, do you work in the industry
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post #19 of 20
Heh, better find a few more then! :)

Yes, I've been called chef a few times. No, I don't work anymore.
post #20 of 20

All jobs have the same weight gain problem

For awhile my arms were getting significantly toned from putting dishes up on this really high shelf but lately my midsection is turning into like soft polenta. It sucks! I imagine myself looking like a duck in a few more years (waddle, waddle, skinny legs, round belly) if I don't try to work out at least 2x a week.

Usually I do whatever will motivate me, whatever! it could be doing a stupid workout video for 20 or 30 minutes, going to the driving range, or taking a simple walk around the park. Convenience seems to speak to me. So in that philosophy, I don't make a goal of working out everyday. It won't happen. Too tired from work. I am very pleased with myself if I workout every other day. I keep the workouts short and doable. My goal is not to look like a long distance runner but just be at a normal weight and keep my body flexible and healthy. That's so important!!!!

I think whatever job is out there, there is the problem of gaining weight. It's a lifestyle more than the job itself b/c look at nurses, construction workers, secretaries, teachers...a lot of them are fat.
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