Oprah opens up about her struggles as she becomes Weight Watchers ambassador 31



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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful television hosts of all time, but that doesn’t make her exempt to the trials and tribulations of being an everyday person – especially when it comes to her weight.

It’s no secret the 61-year-old has battled with her weight for many years, however now, after completing a whirlwind Australian tour, she has decided to speak about it… for Weight Watchers.

In a new emotional ad for Weight Watchers, Oprah shares why she joined the weight loss program and aims to motivate other women to do the same.

“Are you ready? Let’s do this together,” she says in the new ad.

 Oprah Winfrey has also made a 10% investment in Weight Watchers as the company looks for new clients.


“We may be the greatest diet company on the planet but the consumer isn’t thinking strictly in diet terms anymore,” said Weight Watchers CEO James Chambers told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month. “They aren’t thinking of diet and deprivation as the path they want to take; they’re thinking much more holistically”.

The company is hoping Oprah’s convincing pitch will get new members – she did it for her book club, maybe she can do it for this program? According to the former talk show host, she has lost more than 20 pounds (9kg) since starting.

“Many times you look in the mirror and you don’t even recognise your own self because you got lost, buried in the weight that you carry. Nothing you’ve ever been through is wasted. Every time I tried and failed … has brought me to this most powerful moment to say: if not now, when?”, Oprah enthuses.

Watch the ad below and tell us: do you feel this is authentic? Do you believe her struggle? And is it similar to your weight loss journey?

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  1. Speaking as someone who has gone on many diets over the years and shed many kilo’s only to put them all back on. I think the only real way to diet is to cut back on food and don’t make whatever diet so hard that you can’t live with it forever. When you diet according to my doctor, your body goes into famine mode, so when you begin to eat more it stores the food as fat and you end up larger than you were before you dieted

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  2. I think Weight Watchers is a sensible programme. 4 years ago I lost 15 kilos and I have kept it off. I did it by restricting my calorie intake to 1200 calories a day. I counted calories and visited my doctor once a month for a weigh in. I initially walked for half an hour a day 5 days a week. By the time I lost 15 kilos I was walking for an hour 5 days a week. It took me 7 months to lose the weight and I have kept it off and now weigh myself every Sunday morning. If I am over 70 kilos even by 100 grams my mission for the week is to get that 100 grams off. I have to remain vigilant. I could be 85 kilos again tomorrow.

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    • Well done Debbie, mine is a similar story. I have lost 7 Kgs this year by walking for an hour every day. I have also put on some muscle and now stronger by doing 15 mins resitance exercises. It’s amazing what can be done by getting off ones posterior. The only down side has been that I have lost 2 inches off my waist and have had to replace lots of trousers and shorts. 🙂

    • John Green Yes John it is amazing the improvement you can achieve even at our age. I also do 80 push ups off the wall and 80 squats. I have also put on some muscle weight.

  3. I don’t buy it. The advert reminds me of the “quit smoking” adverts, same formula. I agree with others who suggest that it’s not about diet, it’s about a new way of eating, of living.

  4. If the ‘beauty’ industry would encourage a healthy body image we would be better off…we arent all size 8…we have to learn to love ourselves and not compare ourselves to others…the rest will follow, over time 🌸

  5. Why can’t they just use ordinary women in these ads, super wealthy women don’t really know what challenges ordinary women face with their diet.

  6. I think places like Weight Watchers keep you on the straight and narrow and provide you with the incentive to lose weight. I went to Easy Slim years ago, along with a friend. She actually was the one who wanted to lose weight, I did lose weight and learnt a better way of eating, plus I did exercises. Now, I just walk every day and try for the most part to eat healthy food. Of course, from Christmas Day to New Year is always the worst. I think giving up work helped me as I was in a very sedentary job.

  7. Wi think the Weight Watchers program works and it’s great but I am sorry I only think Oprah opens her mouth for Dollars.

  8. Excess weight is not about food. It is about the use of food to comfort, smother feelings, not being judgemental, escape and so on. So it is a vehicle (medicine) with side affects. I am not sure if Weight Watchers addresses this aspect. Does anyone know?

  9. How come they can not bring there price down lots of us can not afford to go there why not make it cheaper so more would join come on how much are you paying out help every one in the price I would join if it was round what could afford Nice that Oprah I’d doing this but We know she as lots of money she helps a lot of people why don’t you bing the price down give every one something to go for in 2016 come on pull your finger out do something nice for the people Happy 2016 to every one

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    • My doctor sent me to a dietitian and it cost me nothing to see her. She helped me to choose the right foods to eat and gave me a comprehensive list of foods etc. That could be worth a try June. I also walk every day.

    • I am going to see a dietitian but have to pay she bulk bills the Doctor is sending me in the new year will go see what she says thanks

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