Why Oprah is still fat?

How is it that one of the most powerful and influential women on the planet can not get a handle on her weight.  I mean really…let’s look at the facts:



Dr Oz: He has half a dozen books and a show about how to get and be healthy. (Can’t say she doesn’t have sound medical advice)

Dr Phil: She can talk and share her fears/insecurities with him. (Can’t use emotional problems as the excuse)

Key Influencers

Bob Green: Personal Trainer she has been with for years.  She has helped him as a co-author a number of books on weight loss. (Guess she hasn’t read them in a while)

Art Smith: Her celebrated personal chef for 10 years, who has also penned cookbooks and weight loss books. (No blaming the fat on fast food and drive thru’s)


She has a team of people that can cook, prepare, advise, exercise with her….still Oprah is fat.

Oprah preaches to millions about health, happiness and must have’s and people listen…even though she has proven to the world a dozen times over that her fat loss plans fail.

The Evolution

She recommends weight loss products and books and millions flock to the stores and buy these things because Oprah recommends it!  But Oprah’s still fat.

She has drive and determination-she has built an incredible empire…but she is still fat!

Why is it that in the weight loss world people are ok with buying a product or service and not get any results from it and not be mad as hell??

In today’s day and age of transparency and customer service why is it that people will whip out their phones and complain about a bad meal or bad customer service from a retailer but when they go to a diet centre or buy an infomercial type product they buy it knowing and almost expect it not to work?

Is it because even the all and mighty powerful Oprah can’t even succeed at controlling her weight so why or how could the average everyday mom/dad?

It could be because the disclaimers on the products, pills, lotions potions and equipment always say, “Not typical results.” or “Results may vary.”  Maybe it’s because the marketers of this ‘stuff’ can sell ice to people living at the south pole and we just get sucked into the hype.

Why is Oprah fat? Why do we spent millions of dollars on kack (my word) that leaves us worse off than before?

Maybe just one

There is only one answer…it’s the decisions we make that keep us where we are and in many cases, leave us worse than we started.  It’s the decision that I’ll take a day off today and work extra hard on my exercise tomorrow.  Or, just one small bag of chips is ok.

When you make the decisions that are in your best interest (that’s your part) and base them on sound and solid information (that’s my part) you can’t lose.

So, do you have a reason…an excuse.  What have you done that has given you short term success, but long term loss (or gain in this case).  Let me know, I can help, I want to help and I will hold you accountable.  Maybe that’s another problem Oprah has…who is she accountable to?

Let me know your thoughts.




  1. I yo-yo’d for years as well – Starting at size 14 at the age of 14 all the way up to size 18 at 18 and back down to size 10 at 20… Etc…

    Then I had a reason to get healthy/lose weight – I was killing myself with food and alcohol. I have been a healthy size 6 (not even at 12 was I a size 6!!) for 2 years now. Now I have even more to stay healthy for – Mr Brown!!

    The decision to not eat crap and show up for boot camp was easy with you in my corner Carrie. Thank you for holding me accountable!! 😀

  2. The best thing I ever did was join your boot camp!!! The support and commaraderie from the other campers and yourself is amazing. Such positive energy. It makes you want to try even harder. I joined May 2009. In one year lost just over 15 lbs and numerous inches with out changing my diet! Joined Sexy for Spring and lost another 15 lbs and another 15 inches. Thank you Carrie and all other campers. Couldn’t have done it without you!

    1. Thanks Patty!! You are truly an inspiration. You are a working mom-balancing a super busy schedule and you still make the time for your health and fitness! I am so proud of you!!! Glad to be a part of your journey!!!!

  3. Where to begin? I suppose like Amy I was up and down with weight although as I got older the weight became harder and harder to loose.

    After my husband decided to join boot camp I was right there thinking how great this would be to workout together and get healthy…well two years later I’m still here! Alot less of me of course over 50 pounds and numerous inches (too many to keep up with).

    Carrie your motivation and encouragement keeps me going not to mention the witty banter. I couldnt have done it with out the tremendous support from you and my fellow campers.

    I love coming to Boot Camp!!

    Keep on sweating! 🙂

  4. I have wondered that for years. With all the money in the world to spend on personal trainers, nutritionists, Oprah still struggles. I guess it’s like anything …..you must want to do it and make fitness and nutrition part of your life. I think for most people, exercising is not their favourit thing and we tend to get lazy. It’s good to have you waiting for us to keep us motiviated and successful with our goals! As you once said being fat and out of shape is easy!


  5. I’ve also yo-yo’d for years and have recently found it much more difficult to get the weight off. I have used fad diets, hoping to get dramatic results and promising myself that when I had lost those 10lbs, or 20lbs, or 30lbs that I’d begin eating healthy. I was always looking for the quick fix and thinking that after I found it I’d magically be able to completely change all the bad habits that got me to where I was with no trouble. I was wrong…this is the first time I actually feel like I’m doing things the right way. I’m eating properly and consistently exercising….it’s not rocket science but I was so impatient in the past. I’ve realized now that it takes hard work, dedication, and a real drive. I’ve found this drive, largely thanks to bootcamp, Carrie, and all the fantastic people at bootcamp who completely understand how difficult this all is. Thanks Carrie and thanks to all my fellow bootcamper’s who motivate me without even knowing it!

  6. Funny I’m in the midst of writing a piece that mentions Oprah and weight loss as well. I’m learning that it has nothing to do with how much money you have it’s the support and accountability that are key. Fantastic post Carrie. Glad I’ve got you in my aresenal. 😉

  7. This is spot on Carrie! It’s all about what we CHOOSE to put in our mouths. I have struggled with my weight for many, many years. I was always thin and then in high school, I started feeling fat even though I wasn’t. So instead of eating properly I would starve myself and then binge on foods and make myself throw up due to the guilt. This was something I dealt with for several years until I finally just gave up caring anymore. Then I let myself go and ate whatever I wanted. Then eventually I went back to the starving, binging, purging and lost a bit and gained it back plus more. Nothing worked for me, not the Bernsteins, Craigs or Watchers…..until I started your program along with boot camp. I may never be a size 2 and look like a super model, but I have something far more valuable than that….I have confidence, self esteem and my health and no one can take that away from me. No one can force you to lose weight it has to be a choice. A choice to change your eating and exercise! I’ve said many times before that without your program I would still be the fat girl (yes I was FAT) sitting on the couch and not the woman who has finished 3 half marathons in 7 months!!! Thank you 🙂

  8. Oprah is a determined woman indeed. Part of her goal is to be a leader. Black women are probably one of the most put aside group of minority demographic. Being black and LGBT or black and female or black and female and overweight probably makes the problem even harder. Oprah symbolizes going through hardship and succeeding, and she consciously and subconsciously understands this if you look at movies she has been involved with (I’m thinking of ‘Precious’ and ‘The Bulter’). She is not so concerned about losing weight, because that is not the emotional progress she is interested in, Tyra Banks or Wendy Williams would be examples of people who would have more conscious emotional goals in that regards. Oprah has more of a goal to understand the hardest suffering emotional demographic and being uplifting to that group and being a positive example. This might influence Oprah to consciously and subconsciously have a certain weight because that is her focus. I fully believe if she really wanted to lose weight, she could do it overnight.

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