Sarah Ferguson lost 42 lbs: ‘I used to be so angry, I was drowning in eating’

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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson lost 3 stone, which is approximately 42 lbs by our yank scale, from October, 2013 to March, 2014. Many outlets are reporting this like she recently lost the weight, but that’s not the case. This story reminds me of Renee Zellweger’s new look in that it took months for the US media to notice. Sarah was on the cover of Hello! Magazine showing off her weight loss in March. It’s just that she has been hitting more red carpets recently and her new figure is turning heads. She looks like she’s lost even more weight recently. In her profile in Hello! Magazine earlier this year, Sarah said that she lost the weight by sequestering herself in Switzerland, giving up sugar and taking four hour walks.

On being heavier
“I used to be so angry. I believed that I was never going to lose the weight, that I had lost control. I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes. I was just drowning in eating, drowning in food. I had been like that ever since the failure of my lifestyle company Harmoor in New York [in 2009]. I beat myself up to a point of pulp.”

What made her resolve to take decisive action once and for all was when she stood on the scales last October and realized she weighed almost the same as when pregnant with her first daughter, Princess Beatrice, 26 years ago.

“What’s what really frightened me… I decided to make a change…”

She lost the weight in Switzerland in a chalet
She has come from the family’s nearby rented chalet, which has been the hub of her transformation overhaul, featuring four-hour mountain walks every day, a diet of blended foods and plenty of time for reflection.

She virtually isolated herself because that was the only way she could truly tackle her issues.

“I shut my life down and shut the world away,” says Sarah, who first showed off her svelte figure at an event in New York last December. “I didn’t answer the telephone, I didn’t speak to friends – I didn’t want to be taken away from my work.”

Her diet
The dietary key to her transformation, she says, was cutting out sugar. “I had never been able to get rid of my saddlebags before… I had let sugar control me.”

On criticism that she is privileged
“I deliberately did it so that anyone else wanting to follow my diet could do it without feeling that they had to spend a lot of money. I did not go to a spa. I did not go to a gym. I walked in the mountains and I ate the local food.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, March 24, 2014]

Later in the interview, the Hello! journalist mentions Sarah’s trainer, one of two mentioned in the article. (She also has a local pilates instructor visit her at home.) She gets a bit defensive and says “To be honest with you, I did it by walking – to the mountains and up and down the stairs, every day. Josh didn’t do it, I did.” She also said that he walked with her and talked to her and that “he knew what I had to do was mentally break down the barrier.

She looks incredible and it’s obvious she put in the hard work, but it really strikes me that she has no clue that wealth and privilege gave her the incredible opportunity to take weeks off in a Swiss chalet, hire a trainer to be with her the whole time, and spend 4 hours a day in reflective walks in the mountains. That’s not something the average working person can do to say the least. Good for her for getting healthy and losing weight, but I would have liked to have heard more self awareness in this interview.

Oh and she was asked about the rumors that she’s on-again with Prince Andrew (whom she divorced in 1996), but she remained vague and diplomatic. She said “Prince Andrew and I have two of the most outstanding girls, we communicate better than ever and we show great respect and loyalty to each other…. I think that we are in the right place right now.” The last we heard they were still going on vacations together.

In June, 2014:
Art Antiques Fair at Kensington Gardens

Recently:
The Theory of Everything premiere

Last year. She has some tacky taste in shoes.
Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’ve never liked her. She pretends to take responsibility for her cheating, selling access to Prince Andrew, etc., but then she does something sleazy again. She has enormous privilege, but whines constantly because she’s not as rich as the rich people she hangs around with. I just think she’s a greedy, shallow person.

    • LadySlippers says:

      •GoodNames•

      Destructive patterns are hard to dislodge. She has them in spades — that’s for sure…

      (And, she really did get shafted in her divorce)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I do think she was treated terribly by the RF, and I sympathize with her difficult childhood in as far as her mother running off, but I think there’s a lack of character there for which she makes one excuse after another.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •GoodNames•

        I think it’s more to due with the fact that Sarah is really very passive/feels she has no control over her life (loci of control in psych parlance). That IS a character trait but I don’t think she’s evil as many people have this. The problem is that they never try and assert control over the things they can (Westerners, Americans especially, feel we have a greater control over our lives whereas Easterners feel things are more ‘predestined’ so we have little control).

        I think the BRF did her a *huge* disservice by not supporting her — either before, during, or after her marriage to Andrew. They could have minimised the damage yet they just walked away, allowing her/almost forcing her to go to extremes. She needed/needs WAY more hand holding than most and didn’t get it. All her issues were either avoidable or easily minimised if anyone had cared enough to see to it.

    • Did she cheat on Prince Andrew? All I know about her is that they had a bad divorce, Prince Phillip can’t stand her, and she was an attention ho after her divorce.

      • Bridget says:

        VC: a tabloid published photos of her having her toes sucked by a dude that was definitely not Andrew. There was talk that Andrew didn’t want to get a divorce but was forced to by that scandal.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •VG•

        Andrew and Sarah had separated when her cheating scandal emerged — but the public didn’t know that. Also, during their marriage, Andrew was home an average of *42 days* a year and efforts for them to increase that number were rebuffed by HM and Philip (they asked for Sarah to live in Naval housung like other Navy wives). And to top it off, the Grey Men didn’t like her and Sarah has no ‘internal compass’ for reading people or situations (unlike Diana). Basically, it was a train wreck waiting to happen. Sarah received virtually no money and no support post-separation save Andrew’s, so it became multiple train wrecks.

      • LAK says:

        VC: yes she did. Multiple times. The final time she was publicly caught out in a tabloid sting, the infamous toe/feet sucking pics whilst her toddlers were nearby. One of the paps admitted to receiving a tip off about where she was taking her holiday – a very secluded private villa, dug a trench near the villa and lived in it for 3 days until he got the money shot!!

        That was the final straw for Philip because she’d been attracting bad media for years prior to this. To be fair, several editors have since admitted to setting her up to look bad in order to run the saint Diana vs devil Fergie narrative plus Diana frequently used her as a canary to test public/Palace reactions and would adjust her own behaviour according to results.

        Her marriage wasn’t much of a marriage to begin with. Many people with long distance relationships might not sympathise, but Sarah came from a very similar background as Diana and was just as vulnerable without Diana’s survival instincts. Apparently she spent exactly 42 days with Andrew in her first year of marriage, coupled with the pressure of being thrown into the royal system, and she didn’t cope well at all.

        And when it came to the divorce, she didn’t fight for herself and was royally shafted as a result.

        I bounce back and forth where she’s concerned because on the one hand she’s a complete knucklehead and an Idjit, but on the other she’s completely spoilt by the royal system which has left her unable to cope with normal life.

        LS: They hadn’t separated by the time the cheating scandal happened. That’s one of those things pedalled to justify the cheating, trust me on that.

        Andrew *was* upset at the furore over the cheating as far as it played out in the media because he didn’t realise how bad her situation had become. He came home to be a golf playing coach potatoe who didn’t notice his wife’s troubles. He’s never, ever blamed her for the cheating or vilified her for it, personally or publicly.

        They were forced to divorce rather than work out their issues which neither wanted and he vowed to support her as a way of making up for his absences and being a lousy husband. He’s pretty much stuck to that promise.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •LAK•

        Publicly, no they hadn’t officially separated; but privately they had, several months in fact. He knew about this romance as apparently she knew about his.

        Andrew’s huge redeeming quality for me is the fact that he took a lot of blame for the demise of their marriage and vowed to stand beside her regardless of the issues after their separation. He has been a man of his word. Plus, he has been an excellent father.

        Side note:

        Both France scandals (Sarah’s and William & Kate’s) had A LOT in common. Like eerily so.

        1) Obviously a few VERY professional paps were contacted to carry out the mission
        2) Military like reconnaissance
        3) Paps camped out for days in ‘money spot’ (both had carved out spots a la military style)
        4) Both money spots were 2 miles from location
        5) For whatever reason, France was not helping with security (and the host country normally is)
        6) Somehow knew nudity was going to happen
        7) Breeches of security were fairly major on several levels
        8) If it wasn’t cameras — the targets could have easily been shot and killed
        9) Both were taken in Southern France
        10) Both ‘scandals’ appear to be created to smear targeted Royals

      • FLORC says:

        I like her. When tossing in all she’s been through, the circumstances, the pressure, and having that sink or swim situation her missteps aren’t all that bad. And she married the spare. Her fate in the press and her spot under the bus were etched in stone at that point. She certainly helped that bad press along though. She was no saint. In the end though, she wasn’t billed as this virtuous lady, but has raised with her ex 2 well adjusted socially resonsible children and remains in good standing with Andrew former inlaws (minus racist, sexist, ol’ Philip).

        She did bad stuff, but it was often made worse than it was while worse things are going on, but a pass was given because of PR spin and agendas.

        Fergie made a lot of stupid decisions that played out on a very large stage.

      • LAK says:

        LS: Andrew knew, but they were separated. Heard it from a very reliable source.

        With regards the WK nudegate photos, what stood out for me too was the security angle. Forget the nudity. That villa terrace was a sniper’s dream. A clear shot from the road to the terrace.

        Putting up screens would have helped remove that vulnerability, nevermind the nudity, but I guess everyone else was more concerned about the nudity/invasion of privacy angle to notice the very clear security breach.

        Sarah’s villa wasn’t so vulnerable. It had trees and a screen to shield it, and it wasn’t in a flat vineyard. The paps had to climb higher in order to find the correct spot to get their money shot.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •LAK•

        You and I are saying the same thing…yes? Lol
        (Privately separated with her finding romance elsewhere and with Andrew’s knowledge). Question: there were rumour quietly floating around he never stopped seeing Koo during their marriage. Know anything about that?

        RE: France. The amount of reconnaissance needed to simply *find* both money shots is staggering — both properties had a decent amount of land around them. And both dug trenches and camped out. It was weird. There’s simply too many coincidences for me to ignore it. (Athough it may paint the best picture of how The Grey Men feel about both Sarah & William! 😳)

      • LAK says:

        LS: typo!!!! I meant that Andrew knew, but they weren’t separated.

        I tend not to read back my posts until long after i’ve posted.

        Anyhue, I heard it from a very reliable source and also that the book was written to excuse her.

        At some point, the marriage deteriorated into a typical aristo marriage so the infidelities weren’t a big issue although publicly that wouldn’t fly. Sort of similar to Charles in that they could both play as long as it wasn’t a public fact. Once that veil was lifted, in both cases, marriages had to end. The bigger issue for Andrew seems to have been the complete lack of support. It’s very odd to me that he never saw her vulnerability until it was too late, but at least he kept his promise.

    • ya says:

      Oh I’m pretty sure Andrew was in on that scheme – she just took the fall for it when it was discovered.

  2. Lori says:

    Sugar really is an addiction and a hard one to kick. I need to do this…….well the working class version of this myself. In the last 5 years I’ve gained over 40lbs. I feel like the wheels fell off for me at 35. and now that I’m so off track its so hard to get back. New Years resolution?

    • LadySlippers says:

      •Lori•

      Yes, it is. And it’s so ubiquitous too. 😢

      I want to try and get some of my ‘fluff’ off too….but it’s hard to cut out sugar.

      • Ugh. I know. I’m scared that if I cut it out completely, I won’t like it–I read this article about this family that cut sugar and all processed foods out of their diets for a year, and when they decided to treat themselves to a birthday cake a year later, they couldn’t eat it.

        Can’t do it. In my defense 95% of the sugar that I consume is homemade stuff–which I think is better than processed foods/desserts. I just have to kick my Coca Cola habit–the longer I go without, the harder it is for me to drink it.

        I think that as long as you make most of your food, then you’ll be healthy for the most part. Like my mom is SUCH a good cook, and we were all spoiled because the only things that we ever ate that came out of a can was tomato sauce (which she would add a lot of stuff to it to make it AMAZING)–and which is probably why I still like eating fast food–because we never ate it that much growing up.

      • Bridget says:

        Its totally worth it to cut back the sugar. Its hard to do initially, but once you break that connection in the brain it becomes much easier, because half the time its not even that you particularly want the sugary item so much as the fact that sugar has addictive properties in the brain.

        @ Lori: consider it this way: 40lbs over 3 years is only about an extra 110-120 calories a day (with 1 pound being about 3500 extra calories, and 120 * 365 being the equivalent of about 12.5 pounds a year added). Which also means that if you want to lose the weight, just cut out those extra calories per day, which is the same amount of just one can of soda or glass of juice. Small changes can really add up!!

      • wolfpup says:

        I went on a green smoothie cleanse for 10 days, afterwords sugar was just too bitterly sweet, if that makes sense. Suddenly, I wanted fresh and healthy food without an effort or struggling with temptation. I lost 13 lbs. I’ve several more to go, but I messed up by starting again, with my old sugar binges, and suddenly I want starch and sugar. It’s a pattern – a habit – and my body responds with cravings.. So I’ll do a green smoothie diet for 3 days, and work from there. Christmas has temptations, but I will endeavor to stay with healthy eating until the 3 days of Christmas, where I will let it rip!

        I very nearly got to my desired weight, but I felt so fragile. I did initially add walking to my regime, because nothing happened without it. I have to go to the gym or I lose too much muscle. Protein is essential!

      • LadySlippers says:

        •VG•
        •Bridget•
        •wolfpup•

        I’ve cut out sugar several times (Sugar Busters! helped me the first time) but it is so hard to keep it out. It’s everywhere and they sneak it into things you’d never imagine too. 😢

        I’ve got to cut it out again as I want to get control of my health. Iodine and magnesium (as well as other minerals) are helping this time around.

        *crosses fingers*

      • FLORC says:

        Wolfpup
        I did the exclusion diet. When it came time to reintroduce sugar and salt (seperately) I found I was much too sensetive to both. If I used those it was very minimal and eventually took the majority of them out of my diet. It’s amazing what our bodies build up taste tolerences to. Even my tart cherry juice is almost too sweet. If it didn’t help so well with sore muscles I wouldn’t drink it.
        LS
        Sugar is a toughy. I’ve heard great things of people mixing benefiber into their juices. The sugar goes a lot further with craving reduction, but you’re taking in less than you’d think.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Florc•

        If you read SugarBusters! or watch a couple food documentaries (MasterSlippers watched one at college and was shocked at the sugar duplicity) — you’ll see they sneak it in almost everything. They do it so we DO get addicted and keep coming back. But they hide it so we don’t have a clue.

        Although, like •wolfpup• I cannot tolerate super sweet things any more (I tend to gravitate toward ice cream and very dark chocolate). Especially after coming back from Japan where almost nothing is sweetened, to here where things routinely get sweeter. Even my kids and their friends have noticed it.

      • Bridget says:

        LadySlippers, that’s why one of the keys to eating healthy is eat in minimally processed stuff, because sugar us added to so many things (especially here in the US). I’m far from perfect, but my goal is to eat food that I either prepare myself or that I can recognize all of the ingredients.

      • FLORC says:

        LadySlippers
        I do know this. Years ago I was entering glucose test results of a newly diagnosed diabetic. They weren’t sure about how much insulin was needed and had a few er visits as a result swearing they’ve been watching what they eat.
        They were in truth cheating a little bit, but it was thought that little bit was not fully disclosing the actual sugar portion.

        I stand by that method though. If you have an organic juice with full ingredient list. For example my tart cherry juice listed ingredients as follows… Organic Tart Cherry Juice.
        No HCS, Not other juice, No natural flavors. Just that. I might try watering it down.

        And I was at this amazing wedding recently where the bride’s family is Chinese. They had this candy called white rabbit made from condensed milk. I grabbed as much as I could since it’s so hard to find here. You don’t need sugar to enjoy candy.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Bridget•

        I try that as much as I can too. It can be hard at times though. (I have some health issues)

        •Florc•

        The Japanese have something similar — so yummy!!!

    • mandygirl says:

      You can do it, Lori. I’m doing it now and it’s so hard! I became vegetarian early this Fall and in 2015, I really want to go vegan and eat nothing processed… just fruits, veggies and healthy grains. I just want to feel good again. (And, I’ll turn 40 in July…) Good luck!

    • HK9 says:

      Be Encouraged!! I’ve fallen off the wagon too so I started to address the sugar thing incrementally. I started decreasing the sugar in my tea over the last 2 weeks so now I’m working on addressing it in other areas. I’m also eating more “real” food so the desire for candy is actually decreasing. Be kind to yourself, it can be done. :-)

    • Megan says:

      Lori — Recruit a buddy! The wheels came off me at 35. They also came off for my best friend. We worked together to break bad habits, keep each other on track and offer forgiveness for the inevitable indulgence. It wasn’t easy, but having someone to go through it with me made it so much better.

    • supposedtobeworking says:

      Lori,
      good luck! Don’t be afraid that you won’t like sweet stuff after you’ve cut out the sugar. Sugar dulls your taste buds, so they will be able to pick up on the flavour of real food more once the sugar is out. Then you will start enjoying healthy sweets, like dark chocolate. If you do war something sweet, you can’t handle as much of it.

    • Jenna says:

      You can do it and it really IS worth it! I did a complete sugar elimination a few years back and I felt SO amazing after finishing. I know I will probably get major side-eye for this, but I used the Clean program that Gwyneth Paltrow is always talking up and I really highly recommend it. If you follow it *properly* (i.e., don’t use it as a starvation diet a la Goop) it really is a great way of resetting your cravings for sugar, junk, etc. The key is to definitely make sure you are getting enough protein and (initially) calories in general. For the first week I definitely had to make sure I had snacks like nuts, raw veg and hummus, etc. available and just ate any time I had a sugar craving. After a week my appetite really evened out and I eventually wound up losing some weight, mostly belly bloat (awesome!).

      I’ve kept my sugar intake down since then and even re-done Clean a couple of times when I’ve felt myself drifting back to consuming too much sugar. It is pretty insidious in our society and it’s very easy to let your consumption creep back up if you aren’t careful, even if you know it will make you feel ill!

      • Nikki says:

        Wow, all these posts about giving up sugar are SO helpful to me!! I’m on my 5th day of trying to get off it completely, but I’ve lived for sugar in the past. What’s made me do it is, when I was off it for 2 weeks, my arthritis practically reversed itself; I felt better than in years. Then I binged on sugar, and felt worse than terrible. I am trying affirmations like “I love healthy food that makes me feel great!” , but it’s terrifying to me to think this is for life: what, no more ice cream or caramels?? So daunting, but your comments made me realize I’m not alone, and that helps.

  3. LAK says:

    As she ages, she increasingly resembles her father. I can’t see her mother in her face at all.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I’ve always thought she looked like her father. She just didn’t have the weird bushy eyebrows.

      • LAK says:

        In her first decade as a royal, I never thought she looked like her father. never saw it. I knew she didn’t look like her mother, so it was always confusing to me.

        However, once she started to age, her father’s face started to emerge when I looked at her, and now that’s all I see.

        That said, the age lines on her cheeks are completely her mother’s.

  4. escondista says:

    Weight loss takes a toll on you as you age. Her hair and skin looked better before.

    • wolfpup says:

      Ladies, this is the thing; diet while you are young. If you are too much older, when you lose the weight from your face, it will sag. When you are younger, your skin kind of snaps back. That doesn’t leave older folks out of the equation however. I’ve always been thin and several years ago I just stopped caring (love affair gone wrong), and put on nearly 20 lbs. It is so uncomfortable having fat block my movement,and as I gain it on my belly, it was almost as if my lungs did not have room to breathe. That’s why I don’t like it at all. It bothers me and is very annoying. It just doesn’t feel good. When the weight had mostly dropped off it was like I was seeing my body again, an old friend. But this is the thing about fat – the health problems associated with it is overwhelming, and as I love our planet, and wish to stay on this paradise, why not be comfortable and healthy as I get old? I don’t want to just sit down to die slowly, by crippling myself, letting muscle go the the wasteland. Be active! I love pushing weights, and I’m going to start the gym in January. I want to be strong!

      • FLORC says:

        Wolfpup
        Yay! getting in shape is great! And you’re right. The elasticity our skin has in our youth is great. As you age you’ll need application of that in creams and treatments to almost mimic what your body did naturally.

        And good Luck starting a gym in January. That’s the busy time. The building gets flooded for maybe 2 months. Since I work as an instructor in a few types of classes it’s a busy time, but if I wasn’t busy i’d avoid the gym at all costs during those months. Too crowded. Too messy. No where to park. Employees monitoring how long you’re on the equiptment. It’s a nightmare (for me). I hope you’re up for an easier time. I hope this doesn’t scare you! IMO January is a bad month because everyone has the same thing in mind. And it gets so dissicult to exercise it’s frustrating and people just never return.
        Don’t get discouraged is my point! And congratulations!

      • wolfpup says:

        FLORC; I will keep that in mind. Aren’t you a yoga instructor? You seem so intelligent, balanced, and thoughtful. Vava; is your trip to the Cartier exhibit coming up? I am so excited – all those treasures, and the Duchess of Windsor jewels. (I think that she had such great taste). All that pricelessness…

        Looking at photos posted above, I noticed that European royalty seems to have the bling thing down. When they wear it, it looks so appropriate. Does their public like royalty?

  5. EC says:

    Love how trashy she looks on the cover of Hello Magazine. Sprawled on the sofa, fur throw, leg up, in a clashing fancy pajama outfit…it’s perfection. Could you imagine if that was Kate in 25 years? LOLZ

    • What? says:

      Best comment. I even love the way they were not so subtle in the way they framed her ringless hand in the shot. So sly.

  6. Eleonor says:

    If you want to loose weight nothing is better than renting a fancy chalet on Swiss Alps.
    Goop would approve.

  7. BendyWindy says:

    What’s that saying? As you age, you have to choose between your a– and your face? Sarah chose her a–. Her figure looks good, but if I was her I’d have chosen my face.

    • Renee says:

      In all fairness, I feel as though that choice was made for her. I wouldn’t cross the street if I saw her but she’s never really been a looker. Wow, this comment (my own) is hella harsh.

      • BendyWindy says:

        That’s why she should have chosen her face. It needs all the help she can give it!

      • LAK says:

        What Renee said. She has her father’s face minus bushy brows and she’s aging as rapidly as her mother. No weight gain or loss can fix that. Harsh, but true.

        Her older sister Jane has their mother’s face without the rapid aging so she looks better. ;ane also inherited their mother’s beauty and slim figure, so whilst Sarah might have won the marriage stakes, Jane won the looks and aging stakes

    • someone says:

      The weight loss has made her face look older, that’s for certain

    • Beatrice says:

      I read somewhere that losing weight after some age–maybe 50 ? makes you look 4 years older. I recently gained 10 pounds and hate my waistline but my face looks so much better!

    • wolfpup says:

      People get old – we *all* get old. Our time on the planet is so brief. Please don’t make getting old as being something less, because the physical attractiveness is disappearing. To be able to accept the aging process takes some adjustment – but body shaming this late in life doesn’t make sense to any of us. At this point, we have had so many delightful sexual adventures, that it’s almost nice to move on to additional drives. There will always men that are looking for you. It’s just not such a big deal – we’ve gotten used to it, (so many boyfriends and husbands); at least I have. At this point, the boyfriend cravings are under control – and choice is rich.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •wolfpup•

        I am admittedly struggling a bit with the aging process. Hopefully I’ll come to terms with it as you have.

        *sigh*

      • Wren33 says:

        Thank you.

      • wolfpup says:

        Aging well puts a new tenderness in your heart for others. You’ll recognize it when it comes, as we’ve seen it in other venerables. It is strange – no one told me about this.

        William Bryant’s poem, “Thanatopsis”; I cannot recommend enough, for a muse.

  8. scout says:

    Yup! Sugar and white flour are 2 evils we can do without. She looks good. Unfortunately when weight comes off, you feel better and fit into smaller clothes but loose skin just can’t go anywhere but hangs which is the downside. Only a surgeon can help!

    • jwoolman says:

      Time can help, so people shouldn’t rush to a surgeon. It’s rarely loose skin at her age without a recent pregnancy, but rather just skin with a remaining layer of fat. The skin usually will adjust to covering a smaller area as it gradually sheds old cells and renews and repairs itself routinely even as we get older, but expect the process to take a few years.

  9. QQ says:

    She is like the Kristie Alley of Royalty non??

  10. someone says:

    How does she get by, what kind of job does she have where she can take a couple months off to hang out alone in a Swiss chalet and work out with a trainer?

    • tealily says:

      Exactly. I don’t care how she lost it or if she “deliberately did it so that anyone else wanting to follow my diet could do it,” but in reality it is very difficult to find 4 hours a day to go hiking if you have a job. Time constraints are why I started running instead of walking, and I still have a tough time squeezing those workouts in. I applaud her consideration for the masses, but she is so utterly out of touch!

    • MinnFinn says:

      I wonder the same thing. She lives rent free in London because she lives at Andrew’s place. I bet the Swiss chalet was rent-free from an Andrew pal. But she seems to live well i.e. clothes, travel etc, so she needs more help than free housing because I know she does not have a regular job. I bet she only does interviews for pay. And her children’s books about the helicopter may still be earning her royalties but probably not much. But I seriously doubt paid interviews and her books from 15 years ago bring in enough to fund her high life.

  11. jwoolman says:

    I don’t think she was saying that everybody can walk in the mountains with a trainer. She has the money and the time, so why not? But she did the work. Us lesser mortals can manage it as well, maybe not so fast (which is good, best to sneak up on the body because it doesn’t want us to lose weight in case a famine is coming). Eat a little less, move a little more is what it boils down to for everybody. It’s possible to move more without adding to your already busy day by utilizing walk in place, which can be done while reading, watching tv, talking on the phone, folding laundry, working at the computer (I stand all the time while typing now, not quite as voluntarily as in previous times…). But eating a little less will bring the weight down even if you can’t get any extra exercise. You don’t have to starve or deprive yourself. You do have to carve out a little time to reflect on how you’re eating now and why, so you can figure out how to change the pattern a little without making it into a struggle between you and your body.

    Busy women with children have some extra obstacles besides the obvious that Mother Nature likes us to have extra fat. It’s hard to focus enough on yourself to eat “mindfully” and restore the energy in vs energy out balance when you’re wrangling kids, managing a household, and often working mucho overtime whether or not you also have an outside job. Chronic sleep deprivation definitely also has an effect on the body’s natural ability to regulate weight. So as for many other things – it’s easier if you’re rich. But it’s not impossible if you’re not.

  12. Murphy says:

    I like her well enough but she absolutely goes through cycles. I wouldn’t be surprised if she put it back on again some day.

  13. Mellie says:

    She looks great, but she still has the worst taste in fashion…ever…butterfly clips on her shoes, really? ugh.

  14. kibbles says:

    If normal people had the money and free time to hire a personal trainer, chef, and take 4 hour long walks (let’s not forget liposuction and other surgeries these rich people refuse to admit to) obesity could be cut by half worldwide. Fergie has no excuse. She has had money and time for quite a while now. I have to sit in the office for practically 9 hours each day and I have to force myself to take an aerobics class. If I had Fergie’s freedom, I could lose 40 pounds in no time.

  15. Amelie says:

    Re: Fergie’s struggles with weight, I can completely identify with her. I remember her losing lots of weight years ago with Weight Watchers and becoming their spokesperson. I guess she gained it all back. Same as me. I have lost 40+ pounds over the last year via WW and am struggling with losing another 10. Sugar is totally the culprit. I also noticed that eating more than two slices of bread (carbohydrate) derails me. Overeating IMO is a form of addiction and it’s important to figure out why we eat (for emotional reasons) as well as sort out how food effects us. I have learned this time around with WW that my body can’t handle more than two slices of bread per day. If I can limit my bread, I find it much easier to remain satisfied thruout the day. Good luck to everyone else who is trying to diet and make healthy diet changes.

    • LadySlippers says:

      •Amelie•

      Not only that — I firmly believe that over time (for a variety of reasons) our food has become less nutritious. Most minerals are no longer found in foods when we ‘refine’ them (in reality we strip them of the very nutrients our bodies need). So our bodies continue to crave something that historically would provide us with lots of nutients. That’s I think a bigger issue than we acknowledge.

      • jwoolman says:

        Yes, sometimes we crave junky carbohydrates because our bodies really are clamoring for the vitamins and minerals in fruits and veggies. Hey, easy mistake to make, they’re all carbs! :) So really boosting up fruits and non-starchy veg (especially greens) can help cut cravings for donuts and cake. This is also harder today because of depleted soil and pesticide loads.

      • Bridget says:

        That’s actually correct LadySlippers. As food is more processed it strips nutrients, so it is then fortified with vitamins and minerals to make up for it. Which is NOT the same.

  16. Auggie says:

    All this talk about cutting out sugar and I’m over here making homemade cinnamon rolls. 😇

    • LAK says:

      Cinnamon rolls. Drool.

      I’ve just worked my way through a mountain of mince pies.

      Christmas food is my downfall in any attempt to cut out sugar.

      I love, love christmas food.

    • wolfpup says:

      I would never cut out sweets entirely! But I would *focus* on complex carbohydrates (like fruits), protein and yes, fats. (Imagine if your hair and skin did not have oils). It’s just the steady stream of white flour and sugar that show up as fat on the bod. It is like everything else is okay. Food is good. There is just no nutritional value in sugar and white flour.

      But I also believe that we are good for the occasional binge. Life is good!

  17. Godwina says:

    Ugh, she is so “let them eat cake” clueless, it’s painful.

  18. Ravensdaughter says:

    Sign me up for that Swiss chalet…I’ve got some middle age issues to work through as well.
    I bet she also had avchef as well who went grocery shopping to buy special food for her and then prepare it.