"I"ve dropped two pant sizes": How Paula Deen cut the calories after learning she had Type 2 diabetes

'I've dropped two pant sizes': How Paula Deen cut the calories after learning she had Type 2 diabetes

She is famous for her Southern fare and the vast quantities of butter she uses to prepare it. But Paula Deen, it seems, has been cutting back on the calories of late.

The television cook, 65, who recently revealed that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago, has embraced a healthy new lifestyle that includes regular exercise and smaller portion sizes.

Though she admits she doesn't know quite how much she weighs, she is already seeing a difference in the way her clothes fit her, and is now buying trousers two sizes smaller than she used to.

Paula Deen in October 2010

Paula Deen on Sunday at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Slimmer: Paula Deen, pictured in October 2010 (left), has embraced a healthy lifestyle since learning she had Type 2 diabetes. At an event in South Beach on Sunday (right) she revealed she had dropped two pant sizes

She told People: 'We don't own a scale in our house. Every six months I go
for a physical and find out. Now it's time to see the doctor. She'll be
so happy if I've lost weight.'

Ms Deen's regime includes walking for at least 30 minutes every day, and cutting the size of her meal portions in half.

And though her control is clearly paying off, it no doubt helps that she is not completely depriving herself – last month she was pictured tucking into a hamburger and fries on a Caribbean cruise.

Her family are thrilled with her progress, and have been more than supportive – her son Bobby even bought her a pedometer for her daily walks.

'Doesn't she look
nice' he asked the magazine. 'She has a little more pep in her step
now. She'd been guilty of being a little too sedentary – like a lot of
people.'

High-calorie devotee: Ms Deen has dropped weight despite being most famous for her Southern fare - and the amount of butter she uses to prepare it

High-calorie devotee: Ms Deen has dropped weight despite being most known for her traditional Southern fare – and the famously excessive amount of butter she uses to prepare it

Himself a keen runner, Mr Deen said he was careful not to preach advice to his mother.

'I just try to show by example,' he explained. 'I live my life, if that
affects Mom in a personal way, that's great.'

Ms Deen is certainly feeling the benefits, adding: 'It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel.'

The weight-loss is a positive turn of events for the chef, who admitted last week that some people 'were kinda mean' after she made her diabetes diagnosis public.