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Paula Deen: 36 Pound Weight Loss with Moderation, Women’s Day Interview

Paula Deen is Woman’s Magazine February cover story. The well-known celebrity chef, Food Network star, dubbed the Queen of Southern cuisine (and sometimes Queen of Butter) and bestselling author of such books as ‘Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,’ went public a year ago with her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis and her decision to team up with a pharmaceutical company (Novo Nordisk) as a high-paid endorser of a drug meant to manage the symptoms of the chronic, and potentially deadly illness.

Now she is back in the news, as we are in full-blown weight loss New Year’s Resolution season, touting a 36-pound weight loss through “moderation.” According to the interview, she eats less of her infamously high-fat Southern cuisine and has made some “little changes” in her diet. She has this to say:

“It’s about moderation. I just needed to learn to eat a normal portion size and not overindulge,” she says. “I want to be here for my grandchildren. I think about them every day. My daddy was dead at 40. My mother was dead at 44. And look—I’m 65 and I’m still here! Go, 65! Waking up every morning is very exciting for me, to see what the day is going to bring.”

You can see the full interview here. She is not the only celebrity to lose a “moderate” amount of weight and make “moderate” lifestyle changes that control, but do not reverse diabetes. Of course, there are economic interests as well; she has built a multimillion dollar empire on the palatable and popular Southern Cuisine and the kind of comfort foods that so many enjoy and are addicted to, despite the unfortunate toll it can take upon one’s health, as former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, M.D. spoke so passionately of in his landmark book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.

However, considering the terrible consequences of diabetes, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, blindness, neuropathy, amputation of limbs, kidney failure, etc., as well as the record number of people being diagnosed with it, not just in the U.S., but worldwide, in epidemic proportions, according to the WHO — it’s time for a stronger message. Type II diabetes can be reversed. It is all a matter of the effort you put into it. There are a number of medical doctors with clinical evidence showing how it can be reversed by changing the diet — not “moderately” — but clearly eliminating foods that cause and fuel the illness. You can learn more by checking out any of the following books: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs published in 2008, and a bestseller.

These recent books have also gone on to become New York Times bestsellers, clearly showing people want answers and alternatives: Mark Hyman, M.D.’s The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! as well as Joel Fuhrman, M.D.’s The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes.

As always, you should consult your doctor before making any major changes in diet and exercise, especially if you are on prescription medications. But, as with the case of former President Bill Clinton, “moderation” did not keep his cardiovascular disease at bay, and he famously adopted and has stuck with a whole-foods plant-based vegan diet. (Outlined in detail in Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D.’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. We’ve seen him look better than he ever has during his long, public life, and importantly, staying out of the operating room!

As we begin the new year of 2013, we can make choices; moderate results, or complete reversal, along with permanent weight loss. Will we choose the former or the latter? What’s important is that we can choose!

Skinny Bliss readers, that’s my two-cents. Let us know what you think! Do you find Paula Deen’s moderate weight loss an inspiration, or do you find a total reversal — Bill Clinton style — more fitting your sensibilities?

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