Oprah Winfrey Plans on Sticking with Weight Watchers for the Long Haul: 'I'll Be Counting Points for the Rest of My Life'
For Oprah Winfrey, rejoining Weight Watchers hasn’t been a temporary weight loss solution, but a true lifestyle change.
“I don’t feel like I’m on a diet that I’m ever going to go off of again,” Winfrey said during a call for Weight Watchers members on Wednesday night. “I feel like I’ll be counting points for the rest of my life.”
Winfrey said the Beyond the Scale program has really felt like something she can stick with for the long-term.
“I genuinely feel that it’s been easier this time than the other 3,000 times I’ve gone on a diet because I don’t even feel like it is a diet,” she said. “I just feel like, ‘Okay, my life has changed.’ It’s totally clicked. I had to get to be 62 to figure it out! It just is like moving into another way of being.”
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When asked by a member to share a time she felt empowered by the program, Winfrey recounted a graduation dinner she recently attended.
“I just made a shift at the table,” she said. “We were at a great Atlanta restaurant. Ten o’clock at night and what’s on the table? Fried catfish, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese. But I just had a little bite! It was a decision that I was going to not use this food as a way to reward myself.”
Still, that doesn’t mean she is beyond the occasional treat, admitting she has a weakness for pretzels.
“About 4 o’clock I always feel like I want something to crunch,” she said. “I really like salty and savory things, and so for me it’s a Snyder’s pretzel – that hard crunchy pretzel. It’s 3 points, but oh my gosh. I take my time with it. I love it.”
And Winfrey doesn’t beat herself up if she finds herself going a little off track.
“The other night I’m out, and I have a couple of spoonfuls of something I normally wouldn’t if I was really on point that day, but it’s a couple of spoonfuls and not the whole bowl. And it’s okay because tomorrow is another day, so then I would just pull back on what I was eating the next day, and balance the night before,” she said. “You don’t have to feel like, ‘Oh I shouldn’t have eaten that biscuit!’ ”
If she wants to splurge on a meal, she’ll just compensate for it in other ways.
“Yesterday, I knew I was going to be having General Tso’s chicken for dinner, so I did an extra 30 minutes of exercise and then I walked the dogs around a couple of more times,” she said.
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For the media mogul, adhering to Weight Watchers has really meant finding a way to live a balanced life.
“I am really pleased with the way I am creating a sense of balance and accountability for myself with this program,” she said. “It’s not something I feel like I’m on or I’m off. I just feel like, ‘Wow it took me this long to make the shift,’ but I really am happy that I’ve actually made it.”
Winfrey – who is the face of Weight Watchers – revealed in January that she was down 26 lbs. thanks to the program.
—Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya