Comedian and co-host of the ABC Network show The View, Sherri Shepherd, is in the spotlight for her outside-the-box dieting technique that has helped her shed more than 60 lbs. off her 197-pound frame. The 5-foot, 1-inch successful dieter has revealed her weight loss secrets that have not only helped her stay fit and slim but also beat diabetes.
“Diabetes has forced me to make exercise a part of my daily life,” Shepherd told Forbes. “It just really changed my entire way. I’ve been eating and living, and that’s actually a good thing.” Despite her family history of type 2 diabetes, Shepherd ignored her susceptibility to the disease and kept enjoying her favorite meal: pancakes and syrup. In 2007, the TV star was formally diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but this did not deter her from eating the way she wanted to until her doctor gave her a bleak look at her future. Shepherd was told her foot would be cut off if she kept eating the way she did, and she would no longer be able to wear the high heel shoes she loved.
Now, The View co-host has lost 20 lbs. since her major weight loss of more than 40 lbs. in August. Shepherd’s weight loss secrets lie in a healthy diet and exercise. The 46-year-old avid Zumba fan admits to doing Zumba every night for the past two years whether it’s a class or a DVD. She also dished to ABC News she has a fool-proof strategy to avoid overindulging at restaurants, especially during the holiday season.
Although Sally does most of the cooking, Shepherd still plays an active role in the kitchen. The comedian confesses to doing “push-ups against the [kitchen] counter” and does lunges while doing laundry. “’I have learned to turn my house into a gym,” she comically admits.
Shepherd’s weight loss has not only improved her appearance, reversed her type 2 diabetes, but has also given her so much energy to spend time with her son Jeffrey. Her low-carb, low-sugar diet, and regular exercise has allowed her to be medication free and even run races and climb the monkey bars with Jeffrey.