Sharon Osbourne’s Top 3 Diet Secrets

We spoke with TV star Sharon Osbourne, who recently shed 23 pounds in six weeks, to find out her top tricks for losing weight before her milestone 60th birthday.

By Perri O. Blumberg
Sharon Osbourne and Perri O. BlumbergSharon Osbourne and Perri O. Blumberg

Reader’s Digest has always worked to bring the latest in health news to its readers, including our recent New York Times best-selling book The Digest Diet (and to our close community at facebook.com/digestdiet). So when we heard Sharon Osbourne was available to talk about her weight-loss journey, losing  23 pounds in six weeks just before her milestone 60th birthday, we jumped at the chance to ask for her best tips.

Osbourne—the luminous talk-show host, author, business mogul, TV personality, dog-lover extraordinaire, and wife to heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne—followed an Atkins diet and did regular exercise with lots of family support. Now nearly 30 pounds slimmer, the star shared her best tricks for losing weight.

1. Choose a diet plan that suits your social life.

“There’s nothing worse than going out with friends or family and being the one who says ‘Oh, I can’t eat that…I’m on a diet,’” Osbourne explained, detailing her frustration at feeling restricted when she went out for dinner with loved ones. “Also, it’s like you make an announcement to the world that you’re going on a diet, and everyone expects you to be skinny the next day.”

Instead of opting for plans that severely limit the foods you can eat (here’s why these gimmicks never work), Osbourne suggests finding one where you can apply the general weight-loss principles to dining out.

2. Find the healthiest way for you to feel satisfied between meals.

“I always used to leave the dinner table thinking, ‘What’s in my fridge?’,” Osbourne confessed, but now she finds healthier snacks like her Chocolate Peanut Butter Atkins bars to help fill her up. We’ve read it can be mind over matter: The good feelings you get from treats can sometimes last only three minutes. Ask yourself: Can you skip it? You can also beat unhealthy snacking with a five-minute walk, or, brushing your teeth.

3. Focus on the “day-to-day” benefits instead of the number on the scale.

Osbourne used to hate facing her closet every morning: She felt like everything was too tight, and she was waging a war with her clothes. Now she describes the joy of getting dressed, and how her “blousers” are gone—that fat rolling over the tops of her pants when she sat down. Instead of being a slave to the scale, it’s good to look for sneakier signs of weight loss and good health like better-fitting clothes, less joint pain, and more energy for daily activities. The weight loss will come, promises Osbourne. And now: “I sleep incredibly well now—and my feet feel so much better because they are carrying less weight.’”

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  • Your Comments

    • Josassy

      Diet and expercise is the way.  I have been having a hard time, with menapause and everything else, the weight just kept creeping on.  I started at Curves.  I started low carb again and didn’t lose weight.  I stated a good diary and that was the key for me.  I have lost 20 pounds and 20 inches.  Keep trying until you find what works for you. 

    • sue w

      Congrats!! i’ve been doing Atkins clean and excercising and not losing very much. i’m very frustrated right now. When you do things right you should see the results on the scale not just inches.

      • Haroldw987

        You need to check what you are eating.  There is something screwing up your diet or hidden sugar in something that you are unaware of.  Atkins definitely works if you follow it to a T.  Good luck!

      • http://twitter.com/samarea28 Christine Brewer

        inches are what people see. I would much rather look skinny then the scale tell me I am….hang in there though it will catch up with the inches.

      • BorrowerNorLender

        You may have cut your sodium intake too low and aren’t drinking enough water.

    • sue w

      Congrats!! i’ve been doing Atkins clean and excercising and not losing very much. i’m very frustrated right now. When you do things right you should see the results on the scale not just inches.

    • sue w

      Congrats!! i’ve been doing Atkins clean and excercising and not losing very much. i’m very frustrated right now. When you do things right you should see the results on the scale not just inches.

    • kim horsley

      Congrats to Sharon , and to everyone else that has lost . It is not easy. But, please don’t force someone in our face that has the means  to have meals prepared without thought to what they are having for dinner tonight.  Sharon has struggled just as most, but remember… she did have lap band !!!!!

    • Shirley K

      We all know that diet and exercise are the most important things to lose weight and until
      we can come up with a miracle pill we will stay fat………….SJK

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q5SH4LUU3MY4S4AKWNFOC4EZSI Chante707

      Lap band, lap band and lap band?