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How Oprah lost those 40 pounds

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Oprah Winfrey announced this week she lost 40 pounds using Weight Watchers

The weight loss program has long been popular, but has struggled in recent years

CNN —  

Oprah Winfrey revealed this week that she lost more than 40 pounds, and she did it using one of the most popular weight loss programs out there: Weight Watchers.

In a story first published on People magazine’s web site, Oprah said she’s still eating the tacos and pasta that she loves, and she doesn’t feel deprived following the Weight Watchers system. Earlier, she told People that she’s exercising more, striving to take at least 10,000 steps a day.

“Weight Watchers is easier than any other program I’ve ever been on. It’s a lifestyle, a way of eating and a way of living that’s so freeing. You never feel like you are on a diet and it works,” Oprah, 62, said in a release about a new Weight Watchers’ ad campaign.

Oprah credits Weight Watchers for helping her lose 40 pounds.
From Weight Watchers
Oprah credits Weight Watchers for helping her lose 40 pounds.

Weight Watchers works by using a point system for people to track calories. Although it dominated for decades, it recently faced challenges from Nutrisystem and free apps and sites designed to track health and weight loss. The company’s chief executive stepped down earlier this year.

Still, the company saw a bump earlier when Oprah purchased a stake in the company – she’s the third largest shareholder in Weight Watchers, and has a stake worth about $77 million – and as she continued to share