Julie Mazziotta
January 12, 2017 10:51 AM

After years of public yo-yo dieting and losing weight and putting it back on, Oprah Winfrey understands why some fans may not believe her 42.5-lb. weight loss is for real this time.

“People who say, ‘She’ll put the weight back on’ — they’re right,” the media mogul, 62, tells PEOPLE. “I will if I don’t manage it. It’s not like I’m home free.”

But Winfrey, who joined Weight Watchers 17 months ago after purchasing a stake in the company, is confident that won’t happen because she’s finally on a plan she enjoys.

Oprah gets candid about her years of diet struggles & how she triumphed with Weight Watchers — without giving up bread, chips, or wine! Subscribe now for the superstar’s emotional interview — only in PEOPLE!

 

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“This has been the easiest process that I’ve ever experienced,” she says.

It helps that Winfrey can have all of her favorite foods — including bread, potato chips and wine — as long as she doesn’t eat too much of them.

“I can eat anything I want; I just can’t eat it at the same time,” Winfrey says. “Which is the entire philosophy of life: You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at the same time.”

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