Paula Deen, who has type 2 diabetes, looks and feels better than ever after her 35-pound weight loss on a low-carb diet.
Deen lost 35 to 40 pounds by making small changes to her diet and exercise regimen, Examiner reported.
“I went home to my kitchen and I threw out everything that was white: White bread, white rice, white potatoes, white pasta,” Paula said on the Dr. Oz Show March 16 said of her diet overhaul following her 2008 diabetes diagnosis.
The former couch potato also started walking on her treadmill every day and slimmed down from a size 18 to a 12. Now that she’s in weight loss maintenance mode, Paula is less strict with her diet, but still limit carbs, sugar and tries not to overeat.
Deen, who has been slammed for her greasy Southern fried recipes, is healthier than ever after losing 35 pounds in 2013. The 5-foot-5 Paula slimmed down from a size 18 to a 12 by following a low-carb, low-sugar diet and walking on the treadmill every day.
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.
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.
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.
Through her health and career ordeals, Deen relied on her therapist and her fans to get through the tough times.
“If it wasn’t for my fans’ love, I’d be home breathing into a paper bag,” said Paula, author of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible.