Paula Deen and Family Lost 178 Pounds (80.7 Kg) Together

After learning she had diabetes, the Food Network star knew a change was needed

Paula Deen learned she had Type 2 Diabetes in early 2012 and, in the summer of that same year, had already begun her impressive transformation. Now 40 pounds (18.1 kg) lighter, Mrs. Deen is proud to say her entire family is healthier and slimmer as well.

The February issue of People magazine brings an interview and a pictorial with the Food Network star’s family, with the four of them dropping a total of 178 pounds (80.7 kg) since the diabetes diagnosis.

Michael Groover, Paula’s husband, lost the most weight, shedding 60 pounds (27.2 kg) of extra weight thanks to a new diet. Their oldest son Jamie dropped 45 pounds (20.4 kg), while Bobby 33 pounds (14.9 kg).

If you’re wondering how they all did it, wonder no more: “Moderation, moderation, moderation,” Paula tells People.

She cut back on carbs and learned how to properly portion control her meals. For a boost of energy, the entire Deen family turned to fresh vegetables – so, no, her calorie-laden recipes are no longer in use at the family home.

“It’s all about moderation. I eat reasonable portions now. Tonight, I treated myself to just a half a piece of bread,” Paula says for the publication.

“You can’t deprive yourself all the time,” she further says, adding that she’s come to consider her diabetes diagnosis “a blessing” for the way it helped her and her family change their life and get healthy.

“Doing it together helps so much. It’s just easier when y’all encourage one another and pull in the same direction,” she adds with a smile.

Her son Jamie agrees. “If the Deens can do it, anyone can.”

Each of the four followed different diets but the basics are identical: no more carbs, plenty of greens, no eating in the evening and as much exercise as possible.

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