‘I eat BEFORE I go to a restaurant’: Sherri Shepherd on the unconventional technique that’s helped her shed 60lbs
Successful dieter Sherri Shepherd has revealed that she eats before visiting restaurants because it stops her from overindulging in the wrong things.
The five-foot-one-inch comedienne and co-host of The View told ABC News that the unconventional technique has helped her lose more than 60 lbs off her 197lb frame.
To keep unhealthy cravings at bay during the day she carries apples and peanut butter in her purse and drinks water over diet soda.
Battling the bulge: Successful dieter, Sherri Shepard has revealed that she eats before visiting restaurants because it stops her from overindulging in the wrong things – pictured in 2010 (left) and this month (right)
‘[It] give[s] me that boost of energy to get me through the day,’ the 46-year-old mother-of-one said.
She added that when it comes to mealtime, ‘great conversation’ should be the primary focus, not getting stuffed on food.
‘A lot of times, you go to a restaurant and you’re so hungry,’ she said.
‘I eat before I go . . . So, I’m already full and that helps me.’
Ms Shepard revealed earlier this year how being diagnosed with diabetes saved her life.
Before this said she consumed so much food that she could have effectively eaten herself into an early grave.
Even after being diagnosed with diabetes she failed to stop her huge consumption of food that saw her weight balloon to almost 200lbs.
It was only after doctors told her if she would not be around to raise her eight-year-old son, Jeffrey, that she started taking the illness seriously.
‘I never liked vegetables before. Now I’m a kale freak because one day we got kale and my husband sautéed it with green peppers, olive oil and garlic‘
‘I was going through a nasty divorce at the time and I thought “I’ll be dammed if my husband’s girlfriend is going to raise my son.”‘
With the help of friends she changed her diet and began to lose weight.
‘I learned how to get rid of the white foods – the pasta, pancakes, cereal, anything loaded with sugar.’
Ms Shepherd detailed her weight battle and diabetes diagnosis in a book called Plan D – How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes.
She said: ‘If I didn’t have diabetes I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a rack of pancakes with butter and syrup.
‘I would probably be 250lbs. I would not be going to the doctor. I wouldn’t be married to my husband, Lamar Sally. I wouldn’t be healthy for my son, Jeffrey.’
Ms Shepherd said she has a family history of type 2 Diabetes, but she ignored it while gorging on her favorite pancakes and syrup.
She says she was in denial after she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
‘That said to me I’m not diabetic so I can eat the way I want,’ she told USA Today.
In 2007, she was formally diagnosed. At the time she had no energy, had numbness in her feet, suffered from blurred vision and was thirsty all the time. She also said she had to make frequent trips to the bathroom. Ms Shepherd said her doctor spelled out a grim prognosis.
‘She said, “Sherri, you love wearing those shoes, don’t you?” I said, “Yes, I do.” She said, “You won’t be wearing them with your foot cut off, because if you keep eating the way you are eating, that’s where you’re headed.
Toning up: Ms Shepherd also exercises whenever she can and is a fervent fan of Zumba
Despite the warnings Ms Shepherd said she continued to eat foods that were making her ill.
She said she had a stack of pancakes and enough ‘pesto pasta to feed a family of four people.’
‘I can down some food. I love food. Girl, it was complete denial. I figured if I didn’t talk about it, it was going to go away,’ she said.
It was only after being put on medication that Ms Shepherd took the illness seriously.
‘I have learned to turn my house into a gym. I do lunges when going to the laundry with my basket. When cooking, I do push-ups against the counter‘
‘I never liked vegetables before. Now I’m a kale freak because one day we got kale and my husband sautéed it with green peppers, olive oil and garlic.’
She said her husband does most of the cooking, and adds: ‘He’s my personal chef, but I gotta sleep with him.’
Ms Shepherd also exercises whenever she can and is a fervent fan of Zumba. Revealing her other keep-fit tricks she said: ‘I have learned to turn my house into a gym. I do lunges when going to the laundry with my basket. When cooking, I do push-ups against the kitchen counter. I do toilet squats. My behind has not touched a toilet seat in years. I am an Olympic squatter.’
She says she runs races with her son and even climbs the monkey bars with him.
‘I feel really healthy,’ she said ‘I have so much energy. I want to live and I’m going to beat this thing. I feel so blessed.’