ABC welcomed back its revamped "The View" for an 18th season this morning, with long-time co-host Whoopi Goldberg anchoring a new roundtable that includes Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace. 

While O'Donnell's 53-pound weight loss in the wake of her heart attack in 2012 received a great deal of attention, Goldberg managed to surprise the ladies with her own diet success story. 

"I ended up weighing 217 pounds, which was way too much of me for anyone," Goldberg joked on the air.

"[I lost] about 35 pounds," she told ABC News backstage. "I had begun to look like a linebacker. I happened to look over and there was Sherri [Shepherd], skinny. And I said, 'What did you do?' She said, 'I've been doing Rocco DiSpirito's 'Pound a Day Diet.' I said, 'Please, I want to do it too.'"

DiSpirito, a celebrity chef and author, created his "Pound a Day Diet" as a way to help people quickly shed weight — and then keep it off permanently. The low-carb Mediterranean-style eating plan consists of six daily small meals, with each weekly phase switching up the total number of calories consumed so that people never hit the "dieting plateau." The 47-year-old credited the diet with his own recent 50-pound weight loss. 

"I'm a former fat guy with a crooked back and flat feet who worked in a restaurant in New York, surrounded by and indulging in all the finer things in life," DiSpirito told US News earlier this year. "And I went from that to an Ironman [triathlete] in a year. If I can do it, anybody can do it."

As for Goldberg, who also recently quit her 46-year smoking habit, she says she's in no hurry to continue losing weight. 

"If I think about [losing more weight], I would start freaking out," she said. "I'm just doing it."

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The diet Whoopi Goldberg embraced to lose 35 pounds
Comedian showed off her trim new look during the season premiere of ABC's 'The View.'