It wasn’t much of a surprise when the woman who brought us Creamy Hash Brown Casserole, Deep Fried Lasagna and Twinkie Pie announced that she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — but now the queen of comfort calories has sloughed off an impressive 30 pounds in six months.


How did she do it?


Since January, Paula Deen, the 5-foot-6 Food Network host whose signature dishes rely on butter, cheese and a deep-fat fryer, has gone from a size 18 to a 10. "The architecture of my plate has changed," Deen told People magazine, “I double up on greens — whether it's salad or vegetables — and my carbs are just a spoonful."


She has swapped her beloved potatoes and bread for broccoli, sweet potatoes and fruit. Skipped breakfasts are now filled with smoothies, and desserts like the Ultimate Fantasy Deep-Fried Cheesecake have been forsaken for "a bowl of sugar-free ice cream with strawberries and blueberries on top."


Deen also notes that adding exercise to her daily routine has been another component of her weight loss success, although she has not grown fond of her daily 30-minute walk. "I heard that exercise is addictive," she told People. "So far, it's not like cigarettes." And for the record, she still smokes; but indicates that quitting will be next on the horizon.


You can see the newly slim Deen on the cover of People magazine. Come to think of it, she looks really slim there, doesn’t she? Compared to the average 5’6” woman who wears size 10, the photo makes her downright svelte. 


Regardless, Deen plans to lose another 15 pounds, and we’re guessing that means the Lady’s Brunch Burger — a burger with bacon and a buttery fried egg nestled between two glazed donuts — is a thing of the past.


Listen to her talk about her new routine below:



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Paula Deen dishes on diet, diabetes -- and her new dress size
The Food Network host known for her outrageously caloric concoctions talks about how she's losing weight and why exercise isn't as 'addictive' as she'd been to