Since partnering with Weight Watchers, Oprah Winfrey has been very candid about her own struggles with her weight and her current weight loss. Recently, Oprah lost 30 pounds and she looks even better than ever, crediting having a good support system as the reason why she’s lost so much weight.
During the June 2 episode of Good Morning America, it was revealed that Oprah Winfrey went on a phone call with six Weight Watchers members during a Weight Watchers meeting. She talked to them about her experience with Weight Watchers and the members got to ask her some of their own questions.
Oprah discussed how she lost 30 pounds with the program, stating this is her “best body.” As a Weight Watchers ambassador, she discussed how having partners in the program contributed to her success, and now she wants to reach out to other Weight Watchers members to encourage them as well.
“For me, it’s so much better when other people are also counting points,” Winfrey said on the phone call.
This goes along with Weight Watchers’ new Better Together campaign that encourages their members to bring in friends and family to also join the program. The idea is to have a buddy system within the program, giving people someone to look to when things get tough or when they just need a little more encouragement to stick with the program.
Oprah Winfrey’s phone call was a part of this new initiative and it took place just last month. Oprah, along with the six other members, swapped stories about their time in the program, and gave each other tips about how to stay on track.
“I’m like you Peggy,” Winfrey said to one member. “I really like salty and savory things. About 4 o’clock I feel I need something to crunch.”
“It was so fun to just know and hear that [Oprah] is going through the same things that we are,” Kyle Lowry said about the phone call.
After being overweight most of their lives, Kyle and her sister, Kara, joined Weight Watchers together and collectively lost 176 lbs in two years. It’s clear that the buddy system worked for these two and it’s no surprise that Oprah uses it herself.
On the call, Oprah revealed that she has a new weight loss buddy: her partner, Stedman Graham.
“[Stedman] kept asking me what every point was, so I said, ‘Why don’t you just join?” Oprah said about getting her partner into the program as well.
Stedman isn’t the only one Oprah Winfrey has pulled into the Weight Watchers program. Oprah’s good friend, Gayle King, has also joined the program as well.
“I feel really good and I know there’s more work to do,” King told E! News back in March. “I’ve lost at least 25 pounds and I thought I’d be done by now but there’s a dress I’m trying to get into that I used to wear two years ago. If I can get into that dress, then I know I can start the maintenance program, which by the way is just as hard.”
It seems the program is working not only for Oprah but her support system as well. While on the phone call with the Weight Watchers members, Oprah went on to say that thanks to her support system, she has found balance around food.
“I’m excited that other people are bringing in their friends and family members because it’s been my philosophy forever that life is better when you share it,” Winfrey said on the call.
Besides just losing weight, Oprah’s health has also improved. According to Good Morning America, her blood pressure has also lowered thanks to her new diet and exercise. Not only that, she looks happier, too. Congrats!
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