Oprah’s Weight Loss Secrets

By Jim F

As a Valentine’s Day special, Oprah Winfrey devoted her entire show to weight loss – answering all the questions she is constantly asked.

There aren’t actually many secrets. Oprah worked closely with personal trainer Bob Greene – author of the book “Get With The Program“. It is a good book – going through the gradual changes of getting your diet right, and incorporating a strong fitness aspect. Bob Greene himself says:

This is not a diet book.
This is not a fitness book.
This is a book about moving – in the right direction. It’s a book about getting real about getting back into shape, physically and emotionally, realistically and gradually.

What about Oprah’s diet? Oprah has long been a proponent of Bob Greene’s methods such as eating no refined carbs. That’s just a small piece to the puzzle. The diet follows the general principles of; increased lean protein, moderate healthy fats, and reduced refined carbs (not to be confused with a very-low-carb diet).

So there you have it – an excellent fitness component, and a clean balanced diet – the keys to sustainable weight loss. Like it or not, exercise and fitness are a part of any weight controlled lifestyle.

Bob Greene released his new program – The Best Life Diet. This, again, is heavily endorsed by Oprah. The book even contains a full weeks worth of Oprah’s meal plans.

40 Comments

  1. Oprah

    Thank You, Edna Hernandez for your kind words.
    Through Lots of Hard Work, It feels great to be appreciated, not just from you, from everybody.
    I’m trying to let everyone know that being over weight is not healthy. Hope You Get Really Far in life.
    Best wishes,
    Oprah W

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  2. Oprah

    Thank You, Thato Choma for your really Kind Words.
    I’m Glad You’ve Become a Better Person, You know it’s not always about your look, it’s about what’s on the inside. But if you’re over weight, it’s not very healthy. Keep On Trying, Thato Choma!
    Best Wishes,
    Oprah W

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  3. Oprah

    Ian, I’m Sorry To Hear That. But, I Cannot Tell Them What To do, They Make Decisions for Themselves. If they Have Not Refunded Your Money, I will Try To Talk To them. Thank You For Your Cooperation.
    Best wishes,
    Oprah W.

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  4. Patricia

    Oh yeah and Oprah, really, I’m very happy for your success, fat or skinny, its nice to know not everyone has to look like a super model to make a killing in show business. Your intellect far surpasses your need to be a drop dead gorgeous model and you have made it, as you are, not because of how you look but because of how you think and what you have inside you. I commend you for the human being that you are and for the class in which you seem to lead your life. You are definately an amazing role model and an exemplary human being. I applaud your ability to have overcome the “fat” thing, the “black” thing, the “woman” thing and all the other obstacles society has been throwing our way through history. You are an incredible woman and make me proud to be one. And to the guy who bought the pills online? Oprah doesn’t give refunds like she doesn’t sell pills, deal with the company and if you are not getting a response then sue them. I doubt Oprah even reads this stuff but if she does, she’s certainly got more important things to do than get you a $20.00 refund. I’m not nearly as busy as Oprah and I wouldn’t do it for you. Geez!

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  5. Patricia

    I am 5’4” and have reached the unbelievable weight (for me) of almost 200lbs. There is no magic way to lose weight, I think its really very sad that people try to act like weight is a disease they have caught. You are fat because you eat without control and are too lazy to get your butt off the couch and do some exercise. I grew up doing hours of exercise daily and being involved in all sorts of school sports. I ate like a pig and my dad would look at me with pride (look how healthy my girl is, when I would stuff myself to capacity) Now he tells me that they shouldn’t even allow people my size at McDonalds (yes it stings a little but it is absolutely true). So I grew up eating what I wanted when I wanted and never had to have any self control with food. My metabolism stayed high for many years after I “quit” all my athletic endeavors, now at 33, after a miscarriage and in a new relationship (we know how those help us to lose weight) I realize that I am fat because I don’t work out, I over eat, and frankly up ’till now I haven’t cared enough to do anything about it. You want to lose weight? Quit crying and get your butt outside and moving. You also comment that it is easy for “rich” people to lose weight because they have access to cooks and trainers..and blah blah. Cook or not we all preffer fatty foods, trainer or not he’s not going to put a gun to your head to get you to work out….stop making excuses fat asses and work out! I will, um, after I get over the flu…haha…it’s all up to US!

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  6. Bob

    I have had a weight problem all my life and nothing I did seemed to work. About a month ago a friend gave me some samples of Zylene and I almost threw them out but I figured I had nothing to lose. What a difference it has made in my life. I have already lost 16 pounds and I have so more more energy all day long. I ordered my Zylene from http://www.LoseMyFatAss.com not an easy website to forget.

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  7. shelly

    Shawn, let’s see your damn face. You call a person who is changing the world for the better ugly? Who else is ugly to you? Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks? Take a good look at yourself in the mirror!

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  8. ruthie taylor

    as of today I have decided to loss weight, I want to live and not die I want to be able to see my daughter and sons grow up.I am 36 years old and over weight and I know i can do it I love me and now its time to show me that I love me.

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  9. mary

    I think its time for the government to get involved. For one thing they need to make healthy foods more affordable, its so much cheaper to buy junk food then fruits and vegetables. I applaud that they took all the junk machines out of schools now they need to make manditory classes on being healthy and things kids need to know in everyday live instead of shoving history and science down our throats I mean really how often do you use that stuff in adulthood. and yes the best exercise is walk walk walk and its free go to the park or mall and just go I put my granddaughter on a bike at the park and chase her wish I had as much energy well good luck to all I hope your body goals come true

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  10. superdooper

    Jie-Young kim said:
    Diets do not work and Oprah seems to go on a lot of yo-yo diets. She may be slim now but in a couple of months she might be overweight again. Her yo-yo diets set a very poor example for viewers and fans who look up to her.
    Also, Oprah also has the money to be afford a dietian,personal cook, and etc. Most people cannot afford these kind of luxur[…]

    You can afford anything you want but unless you have the willingness to change(spelled “discipline”),you will never achieve your goals.You can throw all the money you want at it and it won’t do you any good.

    Wynonna Judd has resources too, but here’s the negative way she approaches them-and also throws you off the track!

    “Yet Wynonna doesn’t feel that her wealth has given her much of an advantage in the weight wars. “People have written to me and said, ‘Oh, you have so much money, you can hire so many people….’ Let me tell you something: Some of the best workouts I’ve ever had while on the road have been just me and a good pair of tennis shoes, running my butt up and down stairs in a parking garage. So don’t give me this stuff about ‘I can’t go to a gym.’ Crap! That’s crap because there are ways to do this. You don’t have to have a fancy outfit or a fancy gym. Just walk. Get moving.””

    See what I mean? As long as you’re looking for excuses,that’s all you’ll ever have.

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  11. Dr Dave Robinson

    Let me start out by asking a very serious question: If all these popular weight loss diets, books and programs being marketed over the years have really been effective, why have the number of people engaged in unhealthy lifestyles and becoming overweight to obese exploded to over 65% of the total population?!”

    While “weight loss” is cool & chique, it is just the tip of the ice berg.
    So many people searching for the “next great remedy” to bady fat, through some “magic” drugs, rubs, lotions & potions…duped, time and again.
    Acheiving Fat2Trim…
    Living a lifestyle of fit, trim, healthy
    Living it for real
    Living it for life!

    Namaste,
    Dr Dave
    Fat2Trim.com

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  12. flor

    I really wanna know, what is it that you been doing to lose weight, because i’m really confused.
    I don’t have the time to watch tv, but i just heard that you been losing so much weight.
    If somebody can tell me what’s the secret i appreciate.
    fgar1977@yahoo.com

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  13. Jan

    Deborah, my mom worked from 12am-8am for years and the same foods that worked for her to maintain weight when she’d worked from 8am-4pm. So even though your lunch may be at 3am, there is no need to eat differently than anyone else.

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  14. Deborah

    What about those of us who work night shift. Noone every talks about how we must eat or not eat and it is a very hard struggle for proper sleep but some of us don’t have a choice if we want to keep a roof over our heads. Please help us too.

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  15. dave

    hoodia did not work for her,also she loves sweets,me too but now lke her age is coming in to play,hard to take it off,unless you have no carbs but chicken

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  16. Clifford

    Actually, I heard that all Oprah did was use the new Appetite Suppresant “Hoodia”.

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  17. Thato choma

    Oprah you are an inspiration… Im a fifteen year old girl whos been struggling and fighting weight issues for 7years, still fighting and my resolution for this year is not only to fight for myself but for others and become an inspiration to other people… You really motivate me to become a better person

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  18. Jae

    This is for lily. Before you go bashing Oprah, learn how to spell first.

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  19. jamila

    dear oprah your a very beautiful person.youve accomplished so much from these years .Hope you lots of luck ! byee EVERYONE LOVES UU

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  20. Nazia

    Dear Oprah !
    I am 23 f from India. I always watch ur show, n m really really impressed by your thoughtfullness, honesty and caring nature. Ur shows inspire me daily to be a better person and I wud like to take this oppurtunity to thank you, for the great job dat u r doing. I really believe dat u shud run for president. You are my role model.

    Lots of luv,
    Nazia

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  21. brit

    Dear Oprah
    I’ve gained a little over 80ibs during my pregnancy I got up 228ibs and Im only 5’2!!! I am now down to 178ibs. Although I am still very large the weight is finally coming off with a little bit of dieting but mostly alot of exersing. I believe that the true secret to losing weight is that you have to be doing it for YOU and no one else, and you also have to believe in yourself and know that the weight won’t come off overnight.

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  22. anne-marie

    Well, all I see is a successful woman and also intelligent woman.
    Now I need to loose weight but I won’t buy anymore book, pill..there is no secret so instead of you go girl, I will say you go girls because you can also be successful!

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  23. Jie-Young Kim

    This message is for Shawn… I like your message that you posted and Oprah is really ugly.

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  24. Jie-Young kim

    Diets do not work and Oprah seems to go on a lot of yo-yo diets. She may be slim now but in a couple of months she might be overweight again. Her yo-yo diets set a very poor example for viewers and fans who look up to her.
    Also, Oprah also has the money to be afford a dietian,personal cook, and etc. Most people cannot afford these kind of luxuries.

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  25. Patty

    I LOVE Oprah! She is the warmest, most generous, and most amazing woman ever! I personally think her success with television has to do with her good Karma. She is brilliant! I watch EVERY day. She is my hero. And all those people who are accusing Oprah of getting surgery and lying, shouldn’t just point fingers without proof. Maybe your just jealous that Oprah had the self-conrol that you wish you had and now your cynical. Or maybe you’ve always been cynical, but either way, your callous comments are pissing me off!

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  26. Kikki

    Hi, Oprah
    your a wonderful person !!
    and I’m going to try out your diet and we’ll see if it works
    And If it does you’ll mean the world to me
    Your,kikki
    YOU GO GURL!!!!

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  27. Shawn

    Oprah is an ugly woman who tosses her sald with comet, stuff that we know to use only in our toliets. And Oprah’s big diet secret is… Comet!

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  28. Leona R. Chisholm

    Dear Oprah:
    You are such an inspiration to me. You are in touch with the real world. I have watch your show for many years. I admire your courage, honesty and integrity.
    I am a grandmother who has gained 40 pounds over the last 15 years. I’ve tried every diet on the market and failed them all. Please Help! Send me some materials to read and hopefully follow to: 2141 Crotona Ave Apt.6c Bronx, NY 10457 Thank you kindly and God Bless. Sincerely, Leona

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  29. shelly

    I would really be intrested in knowing how oprah lost her weight I think she looks great.

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  30. Lily

    OPRAH IS AN AWFUL LIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I REALLY THOUGHT THAT IT WAS DUE TO HER”MAGIC” DIET BUT IT WAS…. JUST MONEY ANS SURGERY!!!!
    WHY SHE DID LIE?!!!!
    IT’S HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ALL SHE CAN SAY JUST: HAVE AS MUCH MONEY AS I HAVE AND GO THROUGH SURGERY..
    IT’S SOOOOOOOOO HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT’S SUCH A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AND PEOPLE DESPERATELYU BUY HER BOOK—- LIER!!!!!

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  31. IAN ROBSON

    Dear Oprah,
    In spite of all the correspondence made with ediets regards the above complaint of the unauthorised use of my credit card by ediets, it seems that ediets has decided to ignore all mails sent and does NOT offer any explanation for the aforementioned complaint.THIS IS UNETHICAL & UNBECOMING of such a reputed program & website.

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  32. edna hernandez

    oprah, i do not have time to watch your show due to that i work from 8-5, but i really think that you are a very caring person. thank you for being who you are and helping all the people that you have helped. from what i have seen they really needed the help. there are not very many celebrities that are as generous and caring as you. oh, by the way you look great!

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  33. IAN ROBSON

    DEAR OPRAH

    PLEASE NOTE THAT MY DAUGHTER ELIZABETH JONES ASKED FOR SOME EDIET INFO OFFERED ON ONE OF YOUR SITES AND USED MY CREDIT CARD WHICH FIGURED USD 23.92 DEDUCTED FROM MY ACCOUNT ON 5.07.2005 AND THEN A SECOND TIME ON 2.08.05 REF NO: 5543286514. THERE HAS BEEN AN UNAUTORISED USE OF MY CARD. PLEASE ARRANGED TO REFUND THE SECOND AMT DEDUCTED.

    IAN ROBSON,
    10 PARK AVENUE,
    KALYANAGAR P.O.
    BANGALORE 560 043,
    INDIA

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  34. julie martin

    I read an article that said Oprah had used the diet helper zantac (not sure of the spelling) can you pleas advise the results Oprah had and where this product can be brought in NZ, thank you

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  35. megan

    oprah is so cool, shes like the coolest of cool… yea

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  36. judy le

    Oprah looks gorgeous. She is at the peak of her career and its only going up from here. I love her show and I love what Oprah does for others.Oprah is caring, compassionate, and loving. We should all aspire to be as selfless as she is.

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  37. Shannon

    WAY TO GO OPRAH!!!
    Wow, she looks wonderful, sizzling hot! It can’t just be me but she truly looks content, satisfied . . . . you go girl.

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  38. Patsy

    I’m 40 and overweight. I feel that I’m trapped inside a fat lady’s body. I feel that my body doesn’t represent who I really am. At the department store, I am smaller when standing in front the funny mirror (the kind that makes you look thin). At home, I see the thread almost forced to expand at the zipper and the hem line shorter in the back than the front. I know I’m totally responsible for the way I look. Childbearing was my defense but, after 15 years, it no longer holds. I’m going to try losing this weight one more time.

    I don’t watch Oprah much, time dosen’t permit, but when I do, it is always meaningful. I want to applaud Oprah for her acheivements and wish her much happiness.

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  39. Linda Moxey

    Oprah look beautiful, wonderful, marverlous, sexy and fantastic. Oprah you did it for your self and for others, and I like that about you. You now encourage me to lose weight. I live in Freeport
    Grand Bahama and I watch your show just about everyday. Oprah I would love to meet you in person, just to really talk about this weight that I am battleing everyday. Thank You!

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  40. JACOLBY

    I THINK OPRAH LOOKS GREAT

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