Sherri Shepherd shared a picture of her new, slim figure to her Instagram account on Saturday. The actress, and former co-host of The View, is celebrating her 25-pound weight loss after an impressive 260-day abstinence from sugar. In the snap, Shepherd stood in front of a full length mirror wearing body-hugging distressed jeans and thigh high boots. She wore a form-fitting tank bearing the words “I Am A CEO Chick,” a shirt that showed off her new body flawlessly.
The author of Plan D: How To Lose Weight And Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It) began her weight loss journey after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2007. She sat down with USA Today ahead of her 2013 book release, and credited the diagnosis as having saved her life.
“If I didn’t have diabetes, I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup. I would probably be 250 pounds. I would not be going to the doctor,” Shepherd admitted.
Her doctor was up front with Shepherd, saying that a change needed to be made, and soon. She started exercising — making Zumba a favorite past time of hers — and making healthier decisions overall.
“She said, ‘Sherri, you love wearing those shoes, don’t you?’ I said, ‘Yes, I do’. She said, ‘You won’t be wearing them with your foot cut off, because if you keep eating the way you are eating, that’s where you’re headed,'” the Precious actress continued.
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Getting it in!!! Over 260 days #sugarfree … can’t begin to describe how #amazing I feel. Energy, clarity of thought and mind. Focused … patient w my son. Hearing from God a lot more clearly. Present. I’ve done this slowly and steadily and since March I’ve come down over 25lbs. This is not a fad- it’s my life that is at stake. – It feels so good to feel #good #sherrishepherd #teamhealthy #ketodiva???? #jesus #grateful (T-shirt – @ceochicks / camouflage jeans @centerstage_boutique / thigh hi boots @guess @macys) – (for a great #keto mentor follow @blackketogirl – she is a wealth of information and has helped me tremendously do #ketogenic the #safe & #healthy way) #keepyoureyesontheprize and the #prize is my #life
Shepherd has been cataloging her weight loss on Instagram, hoping to inspire others to kick their bad-eating habits and to improve their overall health. She also credits her transformation to her kids — getting healthy so that she can be there for them longer.
“Sometimes you go through stuff and you want to just grab something sweet. Ex-husbands, things like that. And I was doing that and Jeffrey was in the backseat, Wendy, and I was eating something I wasn’t supposed to. He said, ‘Mommy, if you die, who’s going to be my bodyguard?’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ ‘Who’s going to watch me?’ And literally I said, ‘Sherri, you’ve got to do something different,'” Shepherd said on the Wendy Williams Show, as Us Weekly reported.
Shepherd also gave a shout-out to another weight loss program — she used the hashtag “ketodiet” in her post, alluding to the actress participating in the trendy diet, which is a favorite among celebrities.