Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Her Weight Watchers Journey

In a new interview with The New York Times, Oprah Winfrey is opening up about how her stake in Weight Watchers has changed her life.

Back in October 2015, Winfrey purchased a 10 per cent stake in Weight Watchers. Since then, she’s become one of the faces of the program and it has revolutionized her lifestyle.

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For Winfrey, accepting herself was a mixed bag. She needed to get down to a healthy weight that could make that possible. ‘‘For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that,” Winfrey told the magazine. “This whole P.C. about accepting yourself as you are — you should, 100 per cent,” she said.

“So all of the people who are saying ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am’ — I can’t accept myself if I’m over 200 pounds, because it’s too much work on my heart. It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family,” she admitted.

By joining Weight Watchers, Winfrey has been able to keep her health and her lifestyle on track. For the television icon, it’s less about being “skinny” and more about being in control of her own body.

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‘‘In the particular moment in time that I got the call, I was desperate. What’s going to work? I’ve tried all of the green juices and protein shakes, and let’s do a cleanse, and all that stuff. That doesn’t work. It doesn’t last. What is going to be consistent, keep me conscious and mindful?’’ she said about joining the company.

‘‘It’s a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating. It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now,” Winfrey said.

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