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Oprah's Personal Story Part Two

Weight Loss Show Stoppers on Oprah

Extreme diets are destined to fail and by 1992 Oprah reached her heaviest weight at 237 pounds. What followed was another 15 years of losing and regaining the same 10 to 50 pounds, but in 2005, Oprah trimmed down to a 160 pounds through a healthy eating plan and early morning exercise sessions.

But the pendulum of the perpetual cycle of yo-yo dieting swung back and in 2009, Oprah openly discussed her weight regain of 50 pounds, pushing her to that dreaded 200-pound mark. Diagnosed with hypothyroidism Oprah was put on medication and doctor’s orders to “embrace hunger.”

She nixed the medications when her personal trainer and dear friend Bob Greene pointed out to her that her medication was affecting her mood, energy and memory. She agreed and went off her three prescribed medications under the guidance of her doctors and instead focused on empowering herself through healthy lifestyle habits.

From Dr. Oz to Dr. Katz, Oprah has gone back to the common sense basics we all know: eating less sugar and fewer refined carbs and more fresh, whole foods. She has also tapped into the emotional side of her addiction to food with the help of Geneen Roth’s eye-opening book, Women, Food and God.

Over the years, Oprah has made us feel personally connected to her as she shared her own struggles with food and weight. She has also inspired us to eat healthier through her expert guests of medical and health professionals and whetted our appetites for healthy foods and fresh recipes through the many culinary personalities that have taken center stage at Harpo Studios. Even though her Emmy Award-winning show may be ending, our fascination with Oprah, including her health and weight, and our appreciation for the information and awareness she has provided to us over the years will continue.

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