Oprah Winfrey, the influential media personality and billionaire philanthropist, has been candid about her lifelong weight struggles. Over the years, her dedicated audience has witnessed her battle with food addiction, pre-diabetes, and hypothyroidism. The 69-year-old’s recent appearance at the Academy Museum Gala premiere of “The Color Purple” left fans amazed at her slim figure.

In a recent interview with People (on Dec 2023), Oprah spoke up about taking weight loss medication as a tool to keep her weight under control.

The rumors of whether Oprah underwent any weight-loss procedures remain unconfirmed. In this article, we will get to the bottom of how Oprah lost a shocking 70 pounds and has been keeping it off.

What did Oprah do to lose weight?

Oprah Before and After Weight Loss 2019 vs 2023 -Mexico Bariatric Center

Oprah’s Weight Loss from 2019 (The Hollywood Reporter) to 2023 (Elle’s Women in Hollywood)

Here are some of the things that have helped her achieve varying success:

Weight Watchers – Since 2015, she has embraced the points-based eating system and shed over 40 pounds. Oprah credits Weight Watchers for improving her blood sugar and blood pressure levels, which helped her overcome pre-diabetes.

Balanced Diet – Oprah maintains a balanced 1,700-calorie regime, focusing on good carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins. Her diet includes ample fiber and calcium while prioritizing fresh, simple foods to control sodium intake.

Exercise – She follows a routine, combining aerobic workouts six mornings a week with strength training four to five times weekly. The regimen includes power walking, jogging, using a treadmill, elliptical, and rowing machines.

Knee Surgery – Oprah revealed in 2022 that she had double knee surgery. Knee surgery helps overweight individuals lose weight by improving their mobility and their physical activity levels.

Oprah on Ozempic and Weight Watchers

Oprah on Ozempic

In 2023, Oprah admitted that she has been using a weight loss medication but did not disclose exactly which drug (People Magazine). She likely used drugs like Wegovy, Mounjaro, or Ozempic, a popular type 2 diabetes injection shot being used for short-term weight loss. “I now use it as I feel I need it, as a tool to manage not yo-yoing,” she says.

Oprah announced she was stepping down from the Weight Watchers board of directors. (March 1, 2024)

Oprah and WeightWatchers® (WW) teamed up to embrace GLP-1 medications for their clients. Interestingly, giant pharma Eli Lilly launched LillyDirect™ to prescribe its diabesity drug Mounjaro through WW Clinic directly to patients! The move is raising ethical concerns from the medical community.

Oprah discussion panel on anti obesity drugs Ozempic - Mexico Bariatric Center

Discussion Panel on Obesity Disease and Ozempic – Oprah Daily

Did Oprah get Bariatric Surgery?

Oprah Weight Loss Before and After 2016 vs 2023 -Mexico Bariatric Center

Oprah’s Weight Loss from 2016 (OWN’s Greenleaf) to 2023 (Variety Power of Women)

People are speculating about Oprah’s possible bariatric surgery despite years of weight fluctuations. However, she denies rumors of her getting weight loss surgery. She says, “I feel how a lot of people feel about getting bariatric surgery: I’ve got to do it the hard way. Otherwise, I somehow cheated myself.”

“There is no cheating or shame in undergoing bariatric surgery. Obesity is a metabolic disease, and surgical intervention is a definitive tool to help individuals overcome it,” explains Ron Elli, Ph.D., program director at Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC).

MBC Editor speculates that Oprah underwent a bariatric surgery procedure around 2017, and she is using semaglutide medication to maintain her goal weight. It is common to use anti-obesity medications for patients who get surgical intervention but still need additional assistance.

Did Oprah get Plastic Surgery?

Cosmetic and plastic procedures in Hollywood and modern society are popular to fight aging and enhance the image. However, Winfrey and the editor of O Magazine, Gayle King, have turned down the idea of her getting plastic surgery, including liposuction, breast lift, and chin implant.

Media mogul’s hour glass shape and timeless beauty make fans wonder if she had a breast reduction with liposuction.

Definitive Solution: Bariatric Surgery

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a health condition that affects nearly 42% of people in the United States. Bariatric surgery is a sustainable solution, surpassing Ozempic in terms of cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and time efficiency. Patients undergoing bariatric surgery can anticipate an average of a 75% reduction in excess weight in 18 to 24 months.

One of the top procedures, Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy surgery (VSG), is a minimally invasive operation that removes a large part of the stomach. Weight loss surgery can treat patients with hypothyroidism and prediabetes, such as Oprah.

A 2019 study revealed that VSG improved hypothyroidism in 44.5% of patients and eliminated it in 22.2% of individuals. In addition, malabsorptive procedures like roux-en-y gastric bypass can reverse type 2 diabetes as the patient loses weight.

About Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Before Directors Guild Panel

Oprah Winfrey at Director Guild Panel (2023)

Oprah Winfrey Profile

Birthday: January 29, 1954
Zodiac: Aquarius
Hometown: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Age: 69
Height: 5’7’’
Highest Weight: 237 lbs
Current Weight: 167 lbs
Total Weight Loss: 70 lbs

Oprah’s Rise to Fame

From a young age, Oprah displayed a natural talent for public speaking and storytelling. Oprah’s rise to fame began in the 1980s, when she became the host of her audience-participating program, “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Over the 25 years of her show, she has talked to more than 37,000 people. Oprah has conducted interviews with celebrities such as Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Charles Barkley, and others. The show quickly gained popularity and became a platform for Oprah to share her wisdom and compassion with 15 million viewers daily.

After retiring from her TV show in 2011, Oprah launched her media Empire: Oprah Winfrey Network  (OWN), O magazine, Oprah’s Book Club, and lifestyle website Oprah Daily. She is the author of over a dozen books about self-care and healing.

Oprah’s attitude toward life has inspired millions and set a standard of self-acceptance and empowerment.

Oprah Winfrey Talk Show Before Weight Gain

Oprah loses 67 pounds of fat (shown on wagon) in 1988

In one of her “Oprah Daily” episodes, she touched on her personal experience of feeling exploited over the years due to her weight. Along with a group of female obesity specialists, she worked to dispel the stigma attached to being larger and promoted body positivity.

Wrapping Up

Oprah has been open about her challenges with weight management, so people are naturally curious to hear about her battle with obesity. If Oprah had bariatric surgery, it wouldn’t have been shocking considering her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle.

What do you think? Did she get secret weight loss surgery, or is her new body a result of diet, exercise, and Ozempic?

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