Paula Deen Diet: ‘Little Changes’ Add Up To Big Results
The Paula Deen diet was famously known for high-fat, high-calorie, high-love comfort cooking. But things are changing for the Food Network star, specifically her waistline. Now, the Paula Deen Diet might just come to be known as an effective weight loss system for the millions of Americans who, like Paula Deen, suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Paula Deen's diet has caused her to lose 36 pounds since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Now, she's sharing her diet secrets in the February issue of Woman's Day magazine
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"It's all about moderation," Deen said in the interview. "I just needed to learn to eat a normal portion size and not overindulge."
Paula Deen's diet didn't come to her easily. She admitted in an interview with People Magazine that accepting she had a serious disease that required real changes took some time to get used to.
"I denied my diabetes for so long because I didn't want it to be true," said Deen, who was first diagnosed three years ago. "My doctor said to lose weight. So I gave up sweet tea but I continued to eat as much as I always ate. I thought, 'I'm not really obese.' So if I wanted two biscuits, I ate them. Every day I thought, 'I hope my medicine works.'"
Now, though, the secret to the Paula Deen diet is the disappointing common sense no one looking for an easy diet solution wants to hear: moderation. She said that she still eats her favorite foods, but in much smaller portions and much less frequently than she used to. She told Woman's Day that dieting makes her mad, so she avoided trying to restrict what she ate and instead focused on how much. Paula Deen supplemented her diet with simple exercise. She regularly works out on a treadmill, and admits that since losing 36 pounds in six months her energy level, and mood, has greatly improved.
Paula Deen's diet was also inspired by the tragically short lifespans of both her mother and father. She told the magazine that thinking about her own mortality, and coming to grips with the realities of diabetes, helped inspire her to make a change.
""I want to be here for my grandchildren. I think about them every day. My daddy was dead at 40. My mother was dead at 44," she said. "And look-I'm 65 and I'm still here! Go, 65! Waking up every morning is very exciting for me, to see what the day is going to bring."
Among the tips she gives to people looking to follow the Paula Deen diet is substituting healthier ingredients into meals in place of high-fat or high-calorie items. For example, Deen recommends using greek yogurt in place of sour cream in recipes to "add creaminess" without adding excess fat.
"It's amazing how little changes will give you big results," she said.
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