Weight Loss: Paula Deen Goes Down Two Pants Sizes

Paula Deen just wants ya’ll to know her weight loss is incredible – she’s lost 30 pounds!

Deen had come under fire earlier this year when she announced that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes nearly 3 years ago.

In this week’s People, the queen of southern cooking now admits that she has changed her eating habits to healthier fare, and has lost 30 pounds in the process.

I was overindulging. What I’ve got to do is enforce moderation.

But Deen has also re-examined what kind of food she is eating. She has exchanged her fried chicken with baked or grilled, and given up her favorite- mashed potatoes.

The architecture of my food has changed. I double up on greens… and my carbs are just a spoonful.

Her new favorite ingredients include parsley (in her salad dressings), greek yogurt (as a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise), watermelon, grilled chicken and ham, and mustard instead of ketchup (which is higher in sugar).

She’s also taken to making smoothies for breakfast, and is even using this year’s fad item- chia seeds (see our article about them here). All of which have been instrumental in her weight loss.

Ms. Deen is one a growing number of celebrities who are using lower carb diets to deal with weight issues and/or diabetes. Drew Carey lost 80 pounds on a low carb diet and got rid of his Type 2 diabetes in the process. It is reported that Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston have all been low carb diet fans.

And a new study out this past week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) challenges the notion that a “calorie is just a calorie”.  The directors of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, Drs. Cara Ebbeling  and David Ludwig, found that ” diets that reduce the surge in blood sugar after a meal–either low-glycemic index or very-low carbohydrate–may be preferable to a low-fat diet for those trying to achieve lasting weight loss.”

Their results can be summarized by these diagrams:

Food for Thought

  • Do you think Paula Deen should change her public cooking style to this healthier one?
  • Do you think this will affect the “Paula Deen” brand?
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Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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