Paula Deen’s comeback trail after her N-word racism scandals includes a low-fat cookbook entitled “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat.”
Deen, 68, will release the low-fat cookbook in September, Examiner reported. The cookbook, which will be Paula’s 15th, will feature 200 light recipes such as Savannah gumbo soup, Southwest chicken enchiladas and flourless chocolate fudge cake.
Paula, who has been slammed for her greasy Southern fried recipes, is healthier than ever after losing 40 pounds in 2013. The 5-foot-5 Deen slimmed down from a size 18 to a 12 by following a low-carb, low-sugar diet and walking on the treadmill every day, according to Examiner.
Low-carb diets like the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic plans promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn body fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Paula Deen’s reputation and lucrative food empire went up in flames after she admitted in a June 2013 deposition to using the N-word years ago at her Georgia restaurant.
Deen also confessed she had once planned to throw a “Southern plantation-styled” wedding featuring African-American slaves. The revelations came after a former employee filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Deen and her brother.
After the racism scandal, Paula lost her Food Network contract and all her endorsements. Deen was also heavily criticized after revealing in 2012 that she had been battling type 2 diabetes since 2008.
In a move that many viewed as calculated and exploitative, the queen of Southern fried food made the diabetes revelation on the same day she announced a lucrative deal to represent a $500-a-month diabetes drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk.
Paula was slammed for hiding her medical condition for almost four years while promoting her unhealthy recipes in her bestselling cookbooks and popular TV cooking shows.
Novo Nordisk later dumped Deen as a rep following her N-word controversy. However, the diabetes diagnosis spurred Paula’s 40-pound weight loss. Through her health and career ordeals, Paula relied on her therapist and her fans to get through the tough times.
“I have been on a very erratic little journey with a psychologist I respect so much,” said Paula, author of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible. Deen said the support from her loyal fans has also helped her heal. “If it wasn’t for my fans’ love, I’d be home breathing into a paper bag.”