Oprah Winfrey has it all, but there’s something the cultural icon has always wanted to rid herself of: excess body fat!
The actress and former talk show host has never been shy about her weight loss struggles. She’s also always preached about self-acceptance and all that noise.
But now that she’s lost over 40 pounds thanks to Weight Watchers, the Big O says she can’t accept herself if the numbers on her scale get too big!
In an interview with The New York Times, the 63-year-old spoke on the health risks that come at a heavier weight, explaining:
“For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that. So all of the people who are saying, ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am’ — I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart. It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family.”
The magazine mogul — who shed serious pounds since joining Weight Watchers in 2015 — doesn’t care if she’s ever 1988-Oprah skinny again, but wants to make sure she’s in control over her weight. She added:
“This whole P.C. about accepting yourself as you are — you should, 100 percent.”
It was that logic that made her say yes to Weight Watchers and hold herself accountable through the company’s point system. She continued:
“It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating. It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now.”
Even back in the ‘80s, Oprah thought she tried it all — the banana-hot-dog-egg diet and the pickles-and-peanut-butter diet — but saw no results.
In 1988, she lost an impressive 67 lbs. on the Optifast diet pill program, and disgustingly memorably wheeled a wagon of her “fat” on her talk show.
Of course, diets like that don’t last in the long run. By 1991, she gained all of her weight back and claimed she’d “never diet again.”
And the Big O stayed true to her word almost two decades later when she joined WW — a lifestyle change, she’ll be the first to tell you — and slimmed down to a healthier BMI.
Now with her weight issues under control, there’s nothing stopping Oprah from literally conquering the world!
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