The former X Factor finalist was keen to get in shape for the all star series and get rid of his pot belly.
But it meant a lot of sacrifices when it came to eating and spending hours working out every day.
“When I got the call from ITV asking me to take part in Dancing on Ice I knew I had to take action," Ray recalled. “I had 10 to 12 weeks to lose 2st, and I was so determined I reached my target in eight weeks. Dancing On Ice was definitely the kick-start that I needed."
Ray managed to reach his goal but only after a lot of sweat and tears.
“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,” he explained.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, Ray continued: “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 it's not all hard work and no play, with Ray adding: “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.”
The latest episode of Dancing On Ice airs next Sunday night on ITV.
Browse pictures of the celebs on the ice yesterday evening below...