Kathy Bates credits 'mindfulness' for her 60 pound weight loss

"GMA" looks into how the Academy Award-winning actress says she was able to shed more than 60 pounds.
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Transcript for Kathy Bates credits 'mindfulness' for her 60 pound weight loss
Thank you, Lara. Thank you. Now to our "Gma" cover story, actress Kathy bates says she feel, quote, like a completely different person after losing nearly 60 pounds. The Oscar winner who battled ovarian and breast cancer says she's never been in such good health which is great to hear. Amy is here with more. Yeah, she's one tough cookie, isn't she? The 70-year-old opening up about that transformation. How she did it changing her diet and practicing mindfulness. Hey, Kathy. Academy award winning actress Kathy bates. Stop in the name of love. Reporter: Is known for her larger than life roles on the big screen. My name is Annie Wilkes. Reporter: And this morning the star is saying to "People" magazine off screen that she's feeling great after losing nearly 60 pounds. It's really a journey where you have to commit to recommitting every single day and every meal time. It takes a lot of work and effort and Kathy bates did that. Reporter: The two-time cancer survivor had a double mastectomy in 2012 and following the procedure was diagnosed with lymphedema. A swelling that generally occurs in arms and legs due to a blockage in the lymphatic system. Bates who admits I was terrified of getting it says it affects more than just cancer patients and isn't regularly talked about. Recently telling Dr. Phil about the congress. In the hospital I started feeling these weird things and almost like little lightning of pain and I didn't know if that was it or not but shortly after that my arms started to swell. Reporter: The 70-year-old saying mindfulness played a key role in her transformation. When you're eating you have this involuntary sigh and that's your brain and stomach communicating that you've had enough. The trick is to pay attention to that and push your plate away. Bates also admitting it took a few years to accomplish and that she credits determination for her newfound fitness along with avoiding tem tanks such as junk food and soda. She is now saying it helped tremendously with symptoms caused by lymphedema. She says the best thing people can do for friends or family dealing with lymphedema is to stick by them. Support is everything when you're not feeling your best. Absolutely. You need other people to hold you up. Yes. Thank you so much. Over to ginger.

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