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Oprah Winfrey Says She Doesn't Follow Weight Watchers Plan to the Letter

Winfrey, who's lost upwards of 26 lbs. since becoming a Weight Watchers spokesperson last summer, does allow for a few indulgences

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    Actress/executive producer Oprah Winfrey attends the Tribeca Tune In: "Greenleaf" Screening at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 20, 2016 in New York City. During a call for Weight Watchers members Wednesday, Winfrey talked about her diet.

    Yes, even Oprah Winfrey cheats on her diet.

    But during a call for Weight Watchers members Wednesday, Winfrey said the temptation to stray from the plan has lessened over time. During a recent dinner in Atlanta, for example, her friends order fried catfish, fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. "But I just had a little bite!" she recalled. "It was a decision that I was going to not use this food as a way to reward myself."

    Winfrey, who's lost upwards of 26 lbs. since becoming a Weight Watchers spokesperson last summer, does allow for a few indulgences. "About 4 o'clock I always feel like I want something to crunch. I really like salty and savory things, and so for me it's a Snyder's pretzel--that hard crunchy pretzel. It's 3 points, but oh my gosh!" she exclaimed. "I take my time with it. I love it."

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    For the first time in her life, Winfrey said she has found balance in her diet. "The other night I'm out, and I have a couple of spoonfuls of something I normally wouldn't if I was really on point that day, but it's a couple of spoonfuls and not the whole bowl," she said. "And it's OK because tomorrow is another day, so then I would just pull back on what I was eating the next day, and balance the night before. You don't have to feel like, 'Oh, I shouldn't have eaten that biscuit!'"

    "Yesterday, I knew I was going to be having General Tso's chicken for dinner," she added, "so I did an extra 30 minutes of exercise and then I walked the dogs around a couple of more times."

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    After trying a number of diets in the '80s, '90s and '00s, Winfrey finally feels in control of her health. "I am really pleased with the way I am creating a sense of balance and accountability for myself with this program. It's not something I feel like I'm on or I'm off. I just feel like, 'Wow it took me this long to make the shift,' but I really am happy that I've actually made it," she said, adding, "I don't feel like I'm on a diet that I'm ever going to go off of again. I feel like I'll be counting points for the rest of my life."

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    Thanks to the Beyond the Scale program, she said, "I genuinely feel that it's been easier this time than the other 3,000 times I've gone on a diet because I don't even feel like it is a diet. I just feel like, 'OK, my life has changed.' It's totally clicked. I had to get to be 62 to figure it out! It just is like moving into another way of being."

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