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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond talks dramatic weight loss: 'I basically hit rock bottom eating chips'

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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, 52, talks moment she hit ‘rock bottom’ while binge-eating on chips and salsa that led to her 60lb weight loss


Ree Drummond talked about her dramatic weight loss in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. 

The Pioneer Woman, 52, said she decided to lose the weight after a night of binge-snacking on salsa and chips.

‘I have a cooking show, I write cookbooks, I have a cooking website. I have a restaurant, a bakery. So you know, it just kept creeping up and in January of this year, we took my son Bryce to college,’ said the star.

Moment of truth: The star, pictured here in 2017, decided to lose the weight after a night of binge-snacking

Update: The star posted this back in May when she'd already lost 38 lbs

Impressive weight loss: The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond has lost nearly 60 lbs. this year

Eating healthier: The star has changed her diet completely in order to lose the weight by counting calories and weighing her food

Eating healthier: The star has changed her diet completely in order to lose the weight by counting calories and weighing her food

‘I tell this story, but I basically hit rock bottom eating chips and salsa one night. I went a little overboard, but I thought that night, “I am going to start tomorrow,”‘ added the TV personality.

Since that fateful night nine months ago, the critically-acclaimed food blogger said she has lost close to 60 pounds and, even more importantly in her eyes, she said she feels much healthier these days than she used to. 

‘The scale was sort of a gauge for me that I was heading in the right direction. And it was never about “I have to lose this amount.” It’s really about how I feel. I feel great,’ the Candy Coated Christmas actress said.  

More concerned about how she feels: Drummond isn't worried about her weight as much as she is concerned with how she feels on a day to day basis.

More concerned about how she feels: Drummond isn’t worried about her weight as much as she is concerned with how she feels on a day to day basis. 

Major diet changes: The Food Network star consumed less sugar and cut out alcohol to help with her weight loss

Major diet changes: The Food Network star consumed less sugar and cut out alcohol to help with her weight loss

The television discussed her weight loss techniques in a June blog post. She wrote mainly about her diet and exercise. 

She ate fewer calories, even going as far as measuring her food via a digital food scale in order to determine exact amounts. The star at more protein, less sugar and completely cut alcohol out of her diet. 

Ree started working out six days a week through walking and using an in-home rowing machine to get her daily dose of exercise. 

The Food Network star made it clear that she did not go on a keto diet or intermittently fast. She also did not sign on with a personal trainer.  

Making time for exercise: The star said she had a pattern of making up excuses so as not to exercise, but she eventually realized she had to make time for it

Making time for exercise: The star said she had a pattern of making up excuses so as not to exercise, but she eventually realized she had to make time for it

Drummond wrote that exercise was something she consistently avoided in the past, and she used her busy life to avoid it. 

‘I’d gotten so accustomed to excusing myself from working out because of my work schedule or travel schedule … but during the past few months, I just chose to be late on a deadline or put off work until the next day so that exercise could happen. It was a simple shift in mindset, but it was important!’ she said. 

The cooking guru ended her post with an inspiring conclusion teeming with humor. 

‘It only took me 52 years to figure it out, but that’s okay!’ she wrote. ‘I hope this helps you, whether in big ways or small. Remember that feeling good, realistic goals, being healthy, and having fun is the way to go!’  

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