Country superstar Trisha Yearwood wowed fans this year, revealing her gorgeous slimmed-down figure at the Country Music Awards, and then on numerous talk shows and magazine covers.
Yearwood has lost 35 pounds so far, and is now a size 8-10 — a size she hasn’t been since the 5th grade.
“I was a size 14…I realized I was tired of losing the same few pounds, tired of complaining about it. I felt, ‘Just do it, or shut up about it,'” she revealed in the September edition of Good Housekeeping.
After years of yo-yo dieting, at age 48 Yearwood finally has the body she’s always dreamed of.
So how did she do it?
“A combination of all the things we know to do, eat less move more, and trying to just be more consistent,” said Yearwood recently on the Wendy Williams Show. “I know what to eat, but eating it consistently every day is hard. And finding an exercise I love. I always exercised, but I never looked forward to it and now I really do.”
And the workout that turned the singer on to fitness? Zumba!
“It’s so much fun, and you burn a ton of calories,” she said. Three days a week she takes a 1-hour Zumba class, and two days a week she does a 1-hour circuit with a trainer.
As a cookbook author and host of an Emmy-nominated Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, she has a love of food and the not-so-healthy country cooking that she grew up on in Georgia. But now she makes healthier versions of her favorite dishes, and also cut down on “white food” such as sugar, pasta and white bread.
She also focused on changing bad eating habits such as late-night munching. To combat this she tried to keep her hands busy, avoiding the kitchen at night, and “crocheted ferociously.”
Evening Zumba classes help there as well. “If I go to Zumba at 6:30, I don’t get home until almost eight o’clock,” she said in Good Housekeeping. “I don’t want to eat after I’ve burned all those calories, plus I don’t have as much free time before bedtime.”
Yearwood is not done shedding the pounds, saying she still has a little way to go. “I’m still bigger than all the girls on TV,” she told Williams, “But I’m happy, I feel really good.”
Yearwood on the Wendy Williams Show