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Celebrity and Diet: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah: 'Fear of Working Out'

Oprah admits she has developed a fear of working out and that she weighs 200 lbs in the January edition of "O" magazine.

Known for her yo yo diets, it's been apparent that the talk show queen had been slowly climbing the scale.  She admits she's added 40 lbs to her frame since weighing 160 back in 2006 when she began her recent struggles with an out-of-balance thyroid.  She says that the condition led her to develop "a fear of working out." 

This past April, Oprah claims she hit rock bottom before a taping with Tina Turner and Cher in Las Vegas.  "I felt like a fat cow," Winfrey writes. "I wanted to disappear." As categorized by her BMI, she is obese. 

I think Winfrey like most Americans is finally learning that diets don't work.  She writes that she doesn't want to be skinny anymore.  Her goal is to be "strong, healthy and fit."  Welcome to the main stream O!  That's what I've been saying for years now.

However, you may be wondering why Oprah is coming out and admitting her weight.  Usually this sort of self driven attention only leads to one thing, self promotion of course.  Starting the week of January 5th, Oprah will tbe alking candidly about her weight in the "Oprah's Best Life Series".  Both personal trainer Bob Greene and Dr. Mehmet Oz (both gained frame Dr. Phil style, but actually practice what they preach), will appear on the show the first full week of January.  

As a gym rat, I want to know how Oprah's thyroid condition lead to her fear of exercise?  I have one friend who has a hyperactive thyroid and can eat an entire pizza without gaining a pound.  Sure her heart rate soared when she would drink a frappaccino but that was due to the caffeine.  She never worked out, nor did she need to in order to stay the same skinny weight.  My mom has the other thyroid problem.  She is 58 years old and just last year began running.  She just completed her 10th 5K race and even finished the Falmouth Road Race this past fall (not the official one, but the one for the locals, same course).  I couldn't be more proud of her, and it truly amazes me that after giving birth to three children having never been an athlete, she can pick up long distance running in less than a year.  She's always struggled with her weight but you get the point.  Exercise is embraced when your thyroid is laying low.  I guess we'll have to wait until the issue comes out to find out why she is so afraid of working out, but my guess is that maybe she is also hypochondriac as well? 

Sorry, should I be kissing Oprah's butt so that she invites me on her show?  Probably, since everyone else does.  So here goes;


If you are out there reading this right now or ever watch one of my videos on YouTube and find this after you've booked me on the show, I'm a young female trying to make a name for her self in the fitness and diet industry and boy does it stink in here.  I mean, talk about all the BS.  Diets don't work.  It's a lifestyle change and with today's technology, we are moving our bodies less and less.  We need to fit fitness, and not grueling painful fitness, into our daily lives.  Do not be afraid to work out.  Lets together create a fun way of fitness for you because god knows you have the money to create your own whatever you want.  Let's Oprahsize together!  It will be the new Zumba which was the new strip aerobics which was the new Pilates which was the new yoga which was the new Tae Bo.  Get it?  Ok yay!  Chicago here I come :)

XOXO, Diet Diva

December 10, 2008


Oprah Opens Up About Thyroid Condition

Everything Oprah touches, it turns to gold right? Well, not the cookies at least. As it turns out, O is claiming that it's not her fault for her recent weight gain of about 20 pounds. In the most recent issue of her magazine, she writes that she is dealing with hypothyroidism. No offense of anything, obviously Oprah has a really slow metabolism. Right?

"My body was turning on me," she wrote. "First hyperthyroidism, which sped up my metabolism and left me unable to sleep for days. (Most people lose weight. I didn't.) Then hypothyroidism, which slowed down my metabolism and made me want to sleep all the time."

Problems involving you thyroid have a direct effect on your metabolism if you are not familiar with it. Often time people who have problems involving their thyroid do not know it or it diagnosed very late in life. However, it is very easy to check for thyroid problems through simple blood tests. If you are getting your cholesterol checked, your doctor can use the same blood sample, just ask to be tested.

Now for my diva input. I feel for Oprah, really I do. My mother has a hypoactive thyroid, and when she should be losing weight with regular exercise and diet, it's much harder for her than someone like myself. However, I'm also 30 years younger. I think Oprah places so much emphasis on her diet and exercise that the public constantly looks to see how she is doing. It's her own personal life long battle. She will forever be a Yo-Yo dieter. She has so much money, and since she cannot keep off the pounds with personal trainers, chef's, all the plastic surgery she could ever want, etc... it seems kinda important for her to give us an explanation.
"If Oprah can't lose weight, what chance do I have?" some people may ask themselves. Well, Oprah has a thyroid problem, that's why. I think it's a silly excuse for her recent weight gain (which I did not, and still DO not notice). Is she trying to bring herself down to a level that her viewers can relate to because they can't relate to her on any other level?

Eating disorders, drug problems, rehab, medical conditions... celebrities seem to know how to garner publicity, and I'm sorry but I think this is just one of those for Oprah. Call me out, if you think I'm being too harsh, but let's face the fact: A lot of overweight people have thyroid problems. Oprah is not the first or the only one, so why is the media treating it like it's some epidemic.

Lastly, I would like to give a shout out to two of my friends in college who have hyperactive thyroids. If you don't have a friend with one, don't go looking for them. Cher and Caitlin are two of my favorite people in the entire world, however they can eat everything and anything they want, have WAY too much energy all the time and are a blast to hang out with. Cher used to bring extra large M&M bags to class and eat them through the lecture. After we'd go to starbucks and she would get a frappaccino and some cookie brownie thing. She one day decided to cut out pizza from her diet. She dropped pounds in 5 days. Caitlin, would only eat bagels, pizza, chicken wings, and Joey Bags (A buffalo chicken cheese steak sub from Freddy's on Main Street) our senior year. She lost weight. Sounds awesome right? Not so much. One has to take an extremely expensive prescription every day. One has mini heart attacks in which her heart beats way too fast. There are many other issues that go along with their hyperactive thyroids that I am not familiar enough with to tell you all about, but thyroid problems, if detected, can be managed like most medical conditions.

By the way, Cher and Caitlin are both extremely skinny if you couldn't tell.

October 19, 2008


Are 'Before and After' photo's taken the same day?

If you've ever bought a diet pill, most likely you were first attracted by the before and after pictures plastered all over the ads. If you look closesly at the bottom of the page, there is a message in fine print. It says that results are not typical and that these results were achieved by strict diet and exercise routines. This fine print statement completely contradicts diet pill company claims of no diet or exercise needed to lose weight. It is sneaky but perfectly legal because the fine print is there no matter how well hidden.
This probably comes of no suprise to many of you. On Wednesday, I was in Martha's VIneyard for a shoot with video. I got to meet the Men's Fashion Director of Playboy (who is hilarious, and extremely sincere) and one of the best women's stylists in the industry for photo shoots. While we were chatting over a diet friendly home made meal, the women's stylist made a comment how they take the pictures for the ads the same day, sometimes!

I was in shock. Obviously I already had my hesitations because the before is always a slouched pose, unflattering clothing, no makeup or a smile. The after is always, great hair/makeup, super smiley, super tan and perfect posture. But I couldn't believe that they actually have the nerve to take the photo's the same day!

When I got back, I tried to look for any articles regarding these so called before and after pictures. The only dirt I could dig up was in fact calling them out on the people that are chosen. Of course they aren't Sally Jane who teaches second grade in Oklahoma, but rather body builders during their off season. Apparently these fitness models are even paid to gain weight just to lose it.

Celebrities that claim they lose weight in the tabloids with specific diet, I also think are a bunch of BS. Jessica Simpson for example, I am convinced was paid to endorse the four factor diet. If you look at any of the before and after pictures, she is clearly wearing unflattering pants (high wasted yuckies) with sour puss on her face, then in a cute little outfit, smiling and waving. Valerie Bertinelli has been recently rumored to not be losing any more weight on the Jenny Craig Diet, but WAS recently featured on the cover of People Magazine with Kirstie Alley, looking fabulous. Photoshop anyone? What do you guys think? Deception is an easy persuader to get people to buy your product. Should there be a disclaimer on ads for diet pills that say, "This pill has not been proven to be

August 17, 2007



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