The West End star swapped Chinese takeaways and cans of lager for healthy eating, regular gym sessions and FORZA diet supplements - and the results are outstanding.
Cutting out potatoes, pasta and bread through the Caveman Diet which is high in protein and fresh veg, Ray dropped 28lbs in just eight weeks. The former X Factor star, who is 5ft 9”, went from a bloated 14st to a lean and ripped 12st.
His body fat has also fallen from 20% down to an impressive 8%. Ray said: “When I got the call from ITV asking me to take part in Dancing on Ice I knew I had to take action. “I had 10-12 weeks to lose two stone, and I was so determined I reached my target in eight weeks. Dancing on Ice was definitely the kick start that I needed. “The training is gruelling enough - up to 12 hours a day - so I wouldn't have got through the first day had I not got fit beforehand.”
To help him reach his goal, Ray admitted to asking everyone and anyone for nutritional and training advice. He said: “I started going to the gym five times a week, building up on weights and doing lots of pull-ups and press-ups. “I'd go up to other men in the gym and ask; ‘what should I be eating? Am I doing this right?' And they'd be happy to give me tips.” The dad-of-one, who is married to actress Emma Stephens, said his busy work schedule meant he was eating convenience foods while touring theatres in the UK. “I'd have a bacon sarnie every day for breakfast, or a full fry up.
Then a mayo heavy pre-packed sandwich, with crisps and full-fat coke for lunch. “I couldn't get enough of pizza, chips, KFC or Chinese meals after each show. I'd like a drink or two, easily washing down six cans of lager a night. That's a lot! It really bloated me out.” On deciding to make a change, Ray transformed his diet and is now reaping the results - showing off a defined six pack and muscular toned arms. “I cut out potatoes, bread and pasta to start with.
I now have sweet potato with lean turkey instead of chicken, which is lower in fat. I’m eating little and often and I’m never hungry. “I have so much more energy now. If you put a huge log on a fire it goes out, eating small amounts more often is so much better.” Ray now starts his day with a hearty bowl of porridge, always gets his five a day and drinks lots of water. “No fats, no stodge. I'll have good fats like avocado - but not greasy foods. I had a potbelly and I hated it.” He added: “It hasn't been easy. I don't even have milk in my tea anymore! But I'm keeping it off this time, there's no going back. I feel and look so much better.”
But he does have the occasional cheat day: “Every second Sunday I eat whatever I want for a day, whatever I'm craving most. “You have to have a cheat day - I'd never stick to this tough regime if I didn't have that.” Ray also said that a key part of his diet success was taking FORZA T5 Super Strength fat burning supplement.
The pills claim to help boost physical endurance, muscle development, burn fat and reduce fatigue. He said: “FORZA T5 helped to reduce my snacking cravings, increased fat burning and also provided energy and protein.
“I took two capsules most mornings - these kick start the fat burning process and gave me more tone and muscle definition.” He also took them in the mid-afternoon to prevent snacking and cravings. Ray, who won the Dancing on Ice crown in 2009, is back on the show for a second attempt to win the coveted winner's trophy with his with professional partner Maria Filippov. But the competition is fierce as he is up against past winners such as Hayley Tamaddon (Series 5) and Beth Tweddle (Series 8) to name a few.