How Gayle King Lost Weight Without Giving Up Her Favorite Foods

'You don't ever have to feel deprived if you don't want to.'

More From Weight Loss
20 articles
Flat Belly Tips
20 Flat-Belly Hacks That Are Too Simple to Skip
alison sweeney
4 Ways to Lose Weight That Don't Involve the Scale
americans weigh less in fall
This Is Probably the Least You'll Weigh All Year

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

This Wednesday on The Dr. Oz Show, TV personality, O Magazine editor at large, and Oprah Winfrey BFF Gayle King gave Dr. Oz the lowdown on the important moment she realized she needed to lose weight and how she's getting there — without depriving herself. Here's a closer look at what the "CBS This Morning" anchor eats and does to stay healthy despite her crazy-busy schedule.

She Follows Weight Watchers

More From Weight Loss
20 articles
Flat Belly Tips
20 Flat-Belly Hacks That Are Too Simple to Skip
alison sweeney
4 Ways to Lose Weight That Don't Involve the Scale
americans weigh less in fall
This Is Probably the Least You'll Weigh All Year
katie hug weight loss success
How This Exercise-Hating Mom Lost 130 Pounds
weight watchers
I Did Weight Watchers, and This Is What Happened

"This is my third time at Weight Watchers," King said. "I was 184.5 when I started. I weighed more than Mehmet Oz when I started, and he's a man! That number made me think… I just never wanted to weigh as much as a man. And so I really got serious about it this time. [Once] you take it seriously, you're older, you're more experienced, [and] you know what's at stake. It's really working for me."

She Always Eats Breakfast... But Not First Thing in the Morning

"I don't feel like eating at 3:30 in the morning [before I anchor CBS This Morning]," she told Dr. Oz. "So by the time we get off the air at 9 a.m., it's like noon, my time. So normally, I'm a little hungry. But I think you can make better choices and smarter choices if you get up and get your day started. I used to skip breakfast, but doctors say that you should always eat something in the morning."

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

She Personalizes the Program to Work for Her

For King, losing weight is all about "baby steps," which means adjusting her approach to Weight Watchers so it works for her and where she is in her weight-loss journey.

"That's the beauty of it, you get to decide how you use your points," she told CBS News. "One day I'll eat three cronuts because I love [sweets], and the rest of the day [I'll eat] lettuce and vegetables. But you decide the choices you want to make. That's what I think the genius of the program is. So you don't ever have to feel deprived if you don't want to."

King also credits keeping a positive mindset, maintaining her motivation, and staying committed for her success so far. Plus, she notes, it helps that her bestie Oprah is also doing well on the program!

She Doesn't Deprive Herself of the Foods She Loves

"In terms of the eating, it's not so hard for me, because as you know, on this program, you get to eat real food," she told Dr. Oz. "I find that I'm making smarter choices, but the beauty is, I deprive myself of nothing. I might not eat it all at once, which I used to do, but I just make smarter choices. So if I go to dinner, I know that I can't have the bread, the french fries, and dessert if I want to stay within my point count. And then some days you have 'screw it, I'm going to eat whatever I want,' and I'll get back on the program again tomorrow."

Sounds like a win to us!

She's Always on the Hunt for a Good Burger

A cheeseburger is King's ultimate guilty pleasure, and as Winfrey wrote in her cookbook, Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life, "My friend Gayle is always on a quest for the all-time best burger." King's favorite so far? Winfrey's Pretzel Turkey Burger, the recipe for which she shared with People. Yum!

If there's one lesson we could all stand to learn from King, it's this: Your weight loss is up to you. That, and nobody lives The Good Life quite like Oprah and Gayle. #LifeGoals

More from Dr Oz The Good Life: