When I last wrote about Trisha Yearwood, the country music star and best-selling cookbook author had just launched her new "Southern Kitchen" miniseries on the Food Network — a show, that despite its title, actually strived to balance good nutrition with taste. 

"Any time you’re cooking, if you’re cooking at home with fresh ingredients, it’s going to be better for you and for your body than anything you can buy premade in the store," she said in an interview. "So even if you’re not cooking the lowest-fat thing, if you’re making it yourself, using fresh ingredients, you’re already doing something better for your family — because you know what’s going into your food. And that’s really the only way to know. But we are in such a fast-paced world now!"

Beyond avoiding processed foods, Yearwood and husband Garth Brooks have also reportedly been incorporating more plant-based meals into their diets. Since embracing a healthier lifestyle, the 48-year-old revealed to People that she's some substantial weight.

"I've been dieting and exercising and I've lost about 20 pounds," she said. "I'm doing very little sugar. And occasionally I have the mac and cheese." 

Avoiding sugar is something that appears to be catching on in Hollywood — with celebs like Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin sporting slimmer figures as a result. Yearwood admits, however, that it's not easy. 

"Real people battle their weight," she told People. "We all struggle between eating healthy and falling off the wagon. That's how I live." 

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Trisha Yearwood's 20-pound weight loss all diet and exercise
Country music star shows off her new physique while presenting at the 2013 American Country Music Awards.