Masterchef’s Matt Preston reveals the diet that has changed the way he feels about food – and how it’s help him drop weight and lower his blood sugar levels
- Masterchef star Matt Preston recently changed his outlook on food
- He now eats a predominantly plant-based, Mediterranean style diet
- He swapped meat and carb-focused dishes for raw fish and vegetables
- The food critic has lost weight and seen his blood sugar and cholesterol drop
- He believes different diets work for different people depending on lifestyle
Adopting a predominantly plant-based, Mediterranean style diet has helped Matt Preston change his outlook on food – but he still lives by the old adage ‘everything in moderation’.
Over the past 18 months, the Masterchef Australia star has overhauled his diet and fitness routine, swapping meat and carb-focused dishes like spaghetti bolognese for raw fish and vegetable-based meals like sushi and ramen.
He eats six eggs a week along with plenty of salmon, ocean trout and legumes, and substitutes coffee for herbal teas.
Since adopting a vegetable-rich, balanced diet, the British-born food critic has lost weight and seen his cholesterol and blood sugar drop significantly.
Since adopting a plant-based, Mediterranean style diet over the past 18 months, Masterchef Australia star Matt Preston (pictured) has lost weight and seen his blood sugar and cholesterol drop significantly
Matt defines his new diet as a mix between the Mediterranean approach – filled with olive oil, legumes, fruit, vegetables and fish – and the ‘flexitarian diet’, a style of eating that focuses on plant-based foods while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation.
He bases his meals around wholefoods like legumes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oats and brown rice, along with lean cuts of fish and chicken.
His go-to fish are salmon, ocean trout and flathead, while seafood favourites include prawns, mussels and plenty of sashimi, a Japanese style of thinly-sliced raw fish.
Matt follows a Mediterranean inspired diet, filled with olive oil, vegetables, legumes, fruit and fish (stock image)
While he avoids processed as much as possible, Matt doesn’t restricts himself from certain categories of food on the basis that ‘restriction diets’ lead to binge-eating.
The only area he steers completely clear of is refined sugar, which means soft drinks, lollies and sweeteners are off the menu.
Since overhauling his diet and increasing his daily exercise levels, Matt said his clothes ‘fit better’, while his blood sugar and cholesterol have also dropped.
Matt has swapped meat and carb-focused dishes for fish and vegetable based meals, like prawn, tomato and asparagus noodles (left) and pesto salmon salad (right)
But while this regimen has worked wonders for his health, Matt said there’s no one size fits all approach to healthy eating.
‘The most important thing I’ve learned is that there is probably no right diet for everyone,’ he writes for Delicious.
‘The best diet is simply the one that works best for you and the one that you can live with – and this could depend on anything, from your lifestyle and environment to genetics, gut health and even your insulin levels.’