Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009

Whether you’re a fan of Oprah Winfrey or not, you have to respect her for how far she’s come. From very humble beginnings she has grown to be one of the most influential people in the world today.  An Oprah show in 1996 on mad cow disease was followed by years of bitter legal wrangling between Oprah and a group of Texas cattlemen, after they sued her for “making false and disparaging statements about perishable food products”. The cattlemen claimed that one of her remarks: “It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger!”, resulted in a major drop in cattle prices – costing them more than $12 million. A jury eventually found Oprah not liable for damages. This little story very neatly demonstrates the power of Oprah Winfrey.

One of the reasons so many people from around the world holds Oprah so dearly is her honesty.  She opens her life and her struggles to her audience, which makes it almost impossible not to identify with Oprah for one reason or the other.  In the end, of course, we are all just human beings. Oprah’s ups and downs with weight gain are probably her most widely publicized and self confessed problem area, a battle many of us can identify with. Too many of our efforts followed exactly the same route: lose, gain back plus, lose again, gain back plus and so on. And every time it is just more difficult to get back on the bandwagon.

On the 5th of January 2009 Oprah aired a confession that her weight had yet again spiraled out of control. In Oprah’s words “Thought I had it, but life took over”. True to form, Oprah took this in her stride and restated her goals for 2009, still based on Bob Green’s Best Life principles.  She does not blame her personal trainer and weight loss mentor Bob Greene for the failure, saying instead that she did not follow the plan.  By taking full responsibility for the failure, Oprah opened the door to success yet again. It would have been just too easy to sit back and blame the plan. According to Oprah she wasn’t living her best life in 2008, but will certainly do so in 2009.


Many, many high profile careers have been launched by one single appearance on Oprah’s show. The career of Bob Greene is no exception. His first book, “Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body—and a Better Life“, was co-authored by Oprah Winfrey, which was of course an immediate best seller.  The core approach taken by Bob Greene is holistic. It is not a diet, but a lifestyle change in which all facets of your life has to be in balance. Exercise also plays an important role in the attainment and maintenance of your goal weight.

Oprah explains her weight management problems as an emotional rather than a cosmetic issue. In one of her web casts, she stated that she eats too much of the wrong food when she is hungry for balance in her life. She was spending too much time working and too little time on herself. This year she intends to include sufficient time for fun, relaxation and exercise into her schedule. According to Oprah, another obstacle to her successfully losing weight is that while she never breaks a commitment to someone else, she often does not honor commitments to herself. This habit makes it almost impossible for her to stick to plan, and generates plenty feelings of failure and unworthiness. It is no wonder that one of Oprah’s main resolutions for this year is to set realistic goals, and then honor commitments she made to herself.

According to Bob Green you do not wake up one day and say “I’ve beaten it”. Most people that became overweight once will always be at risk to become overweight again. Once you achieved your goal weight you will have to keep working at it. His contention is that, irrespective of what diet you are on, you will not achieve your goal weight in a sustainable manner without daily exercise – especially as you age, and that changes brought about by age must be considered in your weight loss plan.  Bob Greene also maintains that thyroid conditions (such as the one Oprah has), should not be regarded as an excuse to become overweight. In his opinion this just makes an already difficult process more challenging, but that a healthy weight is still very much attainable..

Exercise is something Oprah actively dislikes, but in her latest series of web casts she states that she now accepts that if she wants to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise will have to be a part of her life. Oprah exercises for at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Her exercise regime includes cardiovascular as well as resistance training. Oprah’s exercise program is properly planned and is included in her much revised schedule, where she now allows enough time for herself to make sure she can keep her life in balance. Without that, the best exercise plan, and the best nutritional plan in the world will not keep her on the straight and narrow.

So in a nutshell….Oprah is back on the bandwagon yet again….along with many of us. The lesson here, whichever diet you choose, is never to give up and to find a nutritional approach and lifestyle that you can really adopt as a new way of life. At the same time know that reaching your goal weight also depends on having all major areas of your life in balance. These should at the very least include love & friendship, career & life purpose, spiritual, health and fitness and of course finances. So take some time out, review where you are, where you want to be, and set about planning your new life.

There are many books and programs that focus on getting your life back on track, including books by Bob Greene. Another one of our favorite self improvement gurus is Tony Robbins. More information on both programs can be found below.

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2 Responses to “Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009”


  • Oprah Winfrey is a wonderful individual….she is a strong woman……I loved her show.The lady aids people with their illnesses and money problems.She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind.She talks about matters which all of us as an audience can easily agree with.Love Oprah!

  • I am just such an Oprah fan. She is open and honest about her problems and she is an absolute inspiration. She never lied to us about her troubles maintaining her weight loss, and she doesn’t go and keep herself in shape with cosmetic surgery. I follow her weight loss journey with great anticipation. I am convinced we can all learn many things from her. Nice article.

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