Oprah Winfrey Reveals 42-Pound Weight Loss in Weight Watchers Magazine

The media mogul shared her lessons in Weight Watchers magazine, appearing on the cover for the first time.
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And now we have new details on the success of her weight loss, and here with that is Mara schiavocampo. Amazing. Such an inspiration to us all, especially in the new year. Oprah is saying that for the first time she's not on a diet. In fact, nothing is off limits. She allows herself everything from pasta to Ta tee la and says she's changed her entire approach, not just to food but to life. She's long been known for her struggle with weight. I can't lift it. It is amazing to me that I can't lift it but I used to carry it around every day. Reporter: Now Oprah Winfrey says she's learned the keys not just to losing pounds but to gaining a fuller life. I love bread. I love bread. I now just manage it, so I don't deny myself bread. I have bread every day. Reporter: The media mogul sharing these lessons in weight watchers magazine and appearing on the cover for the first time. She's very open and she's very open about her journey on weight watchers. Since I started weight watchers I've lost over 40 pounds. Reporter: Win free who has lost 42 pounds says intention is the most powerful principle. It rules my world. I do nothing without first thinking about why I'm doing it. What is the real motivation. Her intention, she says, is to live more fully. Now the focus of the weight watchers campaign and this new commercial. Bring on the food! We're having it all. When people struggle losing weight or trying to get healthier, if you have a clear intention, it actually really, really helps. Reporter: The fullness of life, the fullness of being, the self-acceptance, I'd never done that before. I'd always beaten myself up because I was tied to a number. Aren't we glad we did it? Yes. We're doing it. Reporter: But even Oprah has her setbacks, saying, at this point I'm wise enough to know that there's no such thing as failure. It's all here to teach me. I don't look at this as a diet. I see it as a plan for life. Such amazing perspective. Now, one setback that Oprah mentioned in the article, she said she went the entire summer without losing any weight at all but she stuck through it. She also talks about the importance of putting yourself first. She says you have to make fitness and well-being a top priority. Especially a woman like her so busy, she says it's her top priority. You've done the same thing with your book thinspired. They're lessoned I had to learn too. It has to be bigger than fitting into a pair of jeans. Dr. Jen Ashton, you want to talk to us about intentions. It's the mind-body connection. If you think about the definition of the world intention it's to have a plan or a goal or in Oprah's case a reason. If you put that with the five stages of change, precontemplation, that's not even on your radar. Contemplation is when you start to thinking about making the change. Then preparation, action and maintenance. You can see why having an intention would be part of all five of these stages of change and very important. This is your area of expertise. You're board certified in many of these areas. A lot of people want to know, keeping it off. It's one thing to lose it but to keep that weight off. There's good news and bad news here. The good news is that significant weight loss is possible for a person but there's no one right or wrong way to do it, so everyone has to find their own way. The bad news is and extensive data supports this, as soon as we start to support weight, the brain releases to the body and fights to get back up to in many cases our heaviest. It doesn't mean it's impossible but it's difficult. In obesity medicine now the gold standard is a three-tiered approach. It's to commit as Mara said to food and fitness. That is for everyone struggling with any weight loss issue. Medication, fda approved weight loss medications will be appropriate when used properly for many, and then bariatric surgery reserved for a few. This is the gold standard, but it's a long-term process here and really the key is recognizing it's not about a lack of willpower or commitment. Is it psychological? No, it's really not. Yes, you have to put the mind-body connection into it but so many people feel like failures because when they regain that weight people say you must not have willpower are be dedicated or committed. We know that's not true. Your metabolism has changed. A lot of what you're saying is spot on and self-love is important. You have to accept yourself to make changes. 100%. Thank you all very much.

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