By Amy Hunt
She champions female strength and confidence, but that doesn't mean that Oprah Winfrey doesn't struggle with her own insecurities with her body at times.
The popular US TV presenter has always been open about her weight loss struggles, and the results of her efforts over the years have been well documented.
But in a recent interview with The New York Times magazine, the 63-year-old TV personality has made the frank admission that she has difficulties accepting herself if her weight tips over a certain point.
"So all of the people who are saying, ‘Oh, I need to accept myself as I am' - I can't accept myself if I'm over 200 pounds, because it's too much work on my heart,"
She also revealed that her concerns simply come from a desire to be fit and healthy. Oprah said, "For your heart to pump, pump, pump, pump, it needs the least amount of weight possible to do that.
"It causes high blood pressure for me. It puts me at risk for diabetes, because I have diabetes in my family."
(Oprah before her weight loss in 2011)
But she went on to clarify, "This whole P.C. about accepting yourself as you are - you should, 100 percent,"
Oprah has been working hard to transform her body over recent years, losing a huge 40 pounds (or 2.5 stones) since August 2015. Seen out publically this summer, it's clear that her efforts have paid off.
But how has she done this? She has been a representative of weight loss brand Weight Watchers now since 2015, and isn't shy about crediting the programme, which involves counting points, for her recent weight loss success.
She revealed that the plan helps her to stay accountable and aware of what she's actually eating - which is clearly working for her. She said, "It's a mechanism to keep myself on track that brings a level of consciousness and awareness to my eating. It actually is, for me, mindful eating, because the points are so ingrained now."
Oprah has also clearly taken to healthy eating like a duck to water, as she regularly posts pictures to her Instagram of her healthy food hauls.
Clearly the popular presenter is doing something right!
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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