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.”
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.
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