World famous TV host and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey, struggled to keep those extra pounds at bay her entire life. She admits that there’s no diet out there she hasn’t tried and then came the time when she had to slim down not for the sake of her looks, but for the sake of her health.
“My days of trying to lose weight so that I can fit in my favorite dress and look better are behind me. Now I have to lose weight if I want to keep my health and my life. I’ve realized that as we mature we start to realize what’s our most valuable asset – our health” – says Oprah.
Oprah then went to surprise her fans all over the world with her amazing appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, looking noticeably slimmer. She says that she’s lost as much as 30 pounds simply following a few simple rules.
The TV host admits that she’s addicted to food and that she could never entirely give up on certain foods, but offers these 5 simple advices which have helped her shed the extra pounds.
1. Don’t Give Up On What You Love
Oprah loves potatoes and bread in every shape and form, but she realizes that she cannot eat them as much as she would have wanted to. That’s why she pays attention to her portions and combines them with something healthier. For example, instead of eating mash potatoes she prepares mash cauliflower and adds just a bit of potatoes to keep the flavor and texture.
2. Eat Plenty Of Fish
People who eat fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids a few times a week are generally healthier and happier. In addition they have a lower blood pressure and a lower risk of developing chronic conditions.
3. Swap Snacks For Fruits And Veggies
If you really want to lose weight you need to forget about all those processed snack, full of sodium and trans-fats. Whenever she feels the urge for a snack she reaches for a piece of fruit or a crunchy veggie like carrots or celery sticks to satisfy her cravings.
4. Do Yoga
Oprah admits that she’s been ashamed to attend yoga classes because she would constantly trip and fall whenever she tried some pose. But then she started doing it on her own, with an online guide and she slowly gained stability. Yoga relaxes and is a great physical activity for all of those who can’t handle more difficult exercise like running or cycling.
5. Drink Plenty Of Water
“That’s always been my problem. I don’t drink enough water because I don’t like it” – the TV host admits sincerely. But that’s why she started making fruit-infused water to compensate whenever she feels like she hasn’t drank enough. The improved flavor makes it easier for her to drink plenty.
Melissa Bell has a strong background in nutrition education, fitness and yoga, and experience working on specialized stretching, bodybuilding and weight loss programs. She is actively studying Japanese, doing research and travelling for conferences while taking care of two children.