No stranger to yo-yo dieting, it appears that Oprah Winfrey is on a losing – or should we say winning – streak with weight loss!
The 58-year-old has lost a whopping 25 pounds in only 6 weeks with the help of a new chef and the treadmill, reports The National Enquirer – and GreatProvenDiet.com has the details about all of her latest weight loss secrets.
In previous years, Oprah Winfrey’s very public struggle with her weight has seen her slim down to a svelte figure, only to gain it all back again. She’s also tried various dieting techniques, such as eating only vegan food for a short period of time, and going on a detox diet that eliminated caffeine, alcohol, meat, and sugar, among other things.
These weight loss diets are all well and good, but it wasn’t until Oprah was able to acknowledge her feelings toward food that she could move forward with healthier food strategies. She realized she was using food as an emotional crutch. Once, she famously ate 30 pounds of macaroni and cheese after her artistic endeavors received poor ratings. Oprah herself stated that she has “abuse(d) food”.
Binge eating brings about more complications than just weight gain; it also raises the risk of insomnia, high cholesterol, and menstrual problems. Binge eaters are more likely to suffer from diabetes, gallbladder disease, and decreased mobility. This type of food disorder is often linked to emotional eating, and it is also associated with other mental disorders like depression.
After Oprah changed her perceptions about food and became aware of her emotional eating, she began to focus on healthy food choices. When she stays on track with her eating plan, a typical daily diet emphasizes whole grains like brown rice, fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein. A breakfast might consist of yogurt, fruit, and nuts or granola, while lunch might be a salad with chicken or shrimp. A typical dinner likely features lean protein like fish or chicken, brown rice or a whole grain roll, and plenty of vegetables, like spinach. This daily diet focuses on foods that are flavorful and filling; the complex carbohydrates help her stay full all day, and make her less likely to binge eat.
Oprah has also struggled with exercise. Around the time that she changed her perceptions toward eating, she began to work out five to six days per week, for about an hour each day. She began slowly, with walking, and ramped up the cardio as she began to get fit again. Strength training is also essential because it helps prevent age-related muscle loss.
“The personalized diet Oprah’s been following uses a combination of fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken and lean meat. It’s low in fat and calories but still leaves her feeling full.”
Oprah, whose weight has been fluctuating her entire career, recently revealed the hardships she has faced since creating her own network, which the source claims is the culprit of her most recent weight gain.
“The idea of creating a network was something that I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else,” Winfrey said on The Early Show in April 2012. “I didn’t think it was going to be easy, but if I knew then what I know now, I might have made different choices.”
But according to the source, Oprah is finally ready to drop the weight.
“Deep down Oprah knew she had the willpower to lose it again if she took the right approach and she’s finally found a plan she really likes.
“This program is a lifestyle change and it stresses eating the right kind of foods to sustain energy and good health,” the source continued. “And Oprah just loves it.”