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Paula Deen may be the current queen of Southern cooking, but she still knows how to lose weight. The Food Network star, who recently revealed she's had Type 2 Diabetes for three years, is noticeably thinner.
"I've dropped two pant sizes, and I feel great!" Deen, 65, tells People. The author and restaurant owner explains that her new healthy-living regime includes stricter portion control (half the size of what she was used to eating) and walking daily for at least 30 minutes.
But don't ask Dean exactly how much weight she's lost, because she has no idea.
"We don't own a scale in our house," says Deen. "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."
But her precise weight loss doesn't matter so much to Deen as her general health improvement and her family's support. "Doesn't she look nice?" son Bobby tells People. "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."
Although Bobby, an avid runner, doesn't overwhelm his mother with fitness advice, he did give her a special present to help her daily walks: a pedometer.
As the fitter Deen told her fans, "It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel."