Blogger and cooking-show host Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, just opened up about her 43-pound weight-loss journey on her website, crediting 10 crucial steps that helped her shed the pounds.
“First, I can’t emphasize this enough: Everything I’m about to lay out worked for me, and if any of it helps you or inspires you, that’s wonderful,” the 52-year-old writes. “But don’t take it as gospel, and definitely talk to your doctor before starting anything new. You know your bod and yourself better than anyone!”
She Ate Less Calories
Instead of partaking in a diet like Keto, intermittent fasting, or any other weight loss program, Drummond says she simply ate fewer calories. “I tried to achieve a calorie deficit most days, which means I expended more calories (through exercise and just basic daily activity) than my body required to maintain my then-weight,” she writes in her blog post. “I used online calculators to get a rough idea of what that weight maintenance calorie count might be, (though it’s only a general rule), then I tried to undershoot that number on most days.” Drummond says this helped her get a handle on what she was consuming on a daily basis.
She Weighed Her Food
Drummond used a digital food scale—she always measured in grams—to weigh all of her food. “It really woke me up to the portions I had grown accustomed to eating! As with calories, I had completely lost sight of the volume I was eating—so it was an education in those first few weeks.”
She Worked Out
To avoid feeling out of shape, The Pioneer Woman made exercise a part of her daily routine. A few of the workouts she rotated between: long walks with the dogs (about two to three miles), the rowing machine, or mat pilates.
She Built Muscle
“I hit a major weight loss plateau about six weeks in, just after Ladd’s accident. For a straight week-plus, even though I hadn’t changed a thing, I abruptly stopped losing weight. Rather than get frustrated (okay, I was a little frustrated. Okay, I was mad), I Googled and researched and ultimately determined that I needed to build more muscle mass since muscle burns more calories than fat.” After building muscle in her legs and butt, the cook could actually see and feel her new strength.
She Consumed More Protein
Admitting to never before tracking her protein, Drummond started taking note of her consumption on the daily, which leveled out to 30 percent to 40 percent protein. “Long story short: Between the muscle building and the protein increase, I pushed through my plateau just a few days later (and another plateau a few weeks later)…and those two factors alone really changed the game for me going forward.”
She Discarded Sugar
Calling this step a no-brainer, The Pioneer Woman started to make food choices that didn’t involve sugar because the ingredient alone would eat up too many of her calories throughout the day.
She Scaled Back the Alcohol
Switching out tequila for long walks and pilates was another factor in Drummond’s weight-loss goal. Now, she’ll enjoy a drink here and there, but only if it’s Ranch Water, a drink comprised of clear Casamigos tequila, fresh squeezed lime, and cold Topo Chico sparkling mineral water, she says.
She Weighed Herself
Although she doesn’t like to log everything she’s doing, Drummond did log her weight throughout her journey. “I somehow happened upon the Happy Scale app, and let me tell you that it was a GAME CHANGER in terms of motivating me to keep going…It doesn’t tell you how to lose weight, and it doesn’t track calories, exercise, or anything other than your daily weigh-in.”
She Used a Standing Desk
Noticing that a standing desk helped her move around throughout the day, Drummond said it helped her with her daily movement goal and also helped her take more breaks and stay motivated.
She’s Still Going
“As of today, I’ve lost 43 pounds,” she writes. “I hesitate to even say that number, because for me, the way I feel today, it isn’t about the weight loss.” Committing to continuously weighing in, the star has all the information she needs to keep the pounds off.