Paula Deen Excited For ‘Dancing With The Stars’ After 40-Pound Weight Loss On Low Carb Diet

Paula Deen Excited For ‘Dancing With The Stars’ After 40-Pound Weight Loss On Low Carb Diet

paula deen weight loss dietPaula Deen can’t wait to compete on season 21 of “Dancing With the Stars,” saying her recent 40-pound weight loss has fueled her enthusiasm for the dance competition.

Losing weight on a low-carb diet gave Paula the confidence to believe she can compete on “DWTS.” Paula’s partner is Louis van Amstel.

“When I finally dropped the weight off I thought, ‘Well, maybe I can do it,'” Deen told ABC News. “Maybe I can do it now.”

Paula said the healthy recipes from her new cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, have helped her maintain her 40-pound weight loss and manage her Type 2 diabetes.

Even though she’s slim now, the Queen of Southern Cooking will never give up her favorite ingredient, butter. “I never gave up butter,” said Paula. “Never, never.”

And Deen doesn’t have to avoid butter, as scientists now say eating plenty of unprocessed saturated fat (such as grass-fed butter, coconut oil, nuts and avocados) aids weight loss and can prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

High-fat, low-carb diets like the Atkins and ketogenic plans promote rapid weight loss by encouraging the body to burn body fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.

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Veronica and Laura Childs lost a combined 110 pounds with a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic Paleo diet. (Photos: L. Childs)

Paula Deen, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008, looks and feels better than ever after her 40-pound weight loss on a low-carb diet.

Deen lost 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,” said Paula.

The former couch potato also walked 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 shares her healthy weight loss recipes in her new cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes Lightened Up.

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