Rachael Ray Weight Loss Secret – The Mediterranean Diet

By Winter LeBlanc
Updated April 9, 2021

Rachael Ray, the celebrity chef, author and business woman, lost over 40 pounds. So… what’s the Rachael Ray weight loss secret? Here’s a hint. It’s plant-focused, easy to follow, and fueled by healthy fats. You guessed it – the Mediterranean Diet.  

Influence on Modern Day Cooking

Rachael Ray is one of the most influential figures in modern day cooking. Although she never went to culinary school, she spent years of her childhood in and around her mother’s three restaurants and had a strong knack for communications. Her concept of “30 Minute Meals” propelled her from a cooking show on a small local TV station to interviews on the biggest talk shows, cookbook deals, and eventually her own show, the Rachael Ray Show on the Food Network. Inspired by Rachael, her style of “quick and easy” cooking is something that many recipe creators and curators like us at Mediterranean Living are aiming for in our recipes.  

Over the years, Rachael’s success has endured because of her strong work ethic. By the time she was 40, the demanding nature of her career had led to weight gain and other consequences to her health. In 2008, Rachael had to undergo throat surgery due to a cyst that was caused by talking for hours each day on her show, interviews, and other events. After the doctor told her she could not talk for three weeks after the procedure, Rachael’s work life came to a halt. It was during those weeks, Rachael had time to focus on her own health and wellness, especially in regards to her weight. She started eating a Mediterranean Diet and working out. The progress she made over those weeks of recovery from throat surgery was invigorating and inspiring.  

Rachael Ray Weight Loss Secret

Rachael continued to follow the Mediterranean Diet and lead a more active lifestyle until she had shed 40 pounds. She primarily ate vegetables, fruit, fish, herbs & spices, whole grains and olive oil. She drank lots of water everyday but also coffee and wine. Importantly, she did not indulge in any ultra-processed foods such as convenient foods (think food you would find at a gas station), soda or candy. However, she would allow herself to indulge in pasta and steak. For Rachael, and many others, the non-restrictive nature of the Mediterranean Diet is crucial for losing weight and keeping it off. 

Most weight loss diets focus on eliminating certain foods from your diet. However, the Mediterranean Diet focuses on filling your plate with the foods you want to be eating. This is why so many people start eating this way and never go back. If you are interested in losing weight and keeping it off like Rachael, The Mediterranean Diet is the best diet. 

There are resources and recipes all across our site that will get you started eating Mediterranean. If you are interested in a more structured approach to making the shift, check out our 10-week Mediterranean Way and Weight Loss programs. Also, check out this video below on the four reasons why the Mediterranean Diet is the best for weight loss. 


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