Sharon Osbourne has maintained her 30-pound weight loss for two years by following the low-carb Atkins diet.
In an exclusive interview April 9, Linda O’Byrne, chief nutritionist for Atkins Nutritionals, revealed Sharon's weight-loss secrets and her daily menu.
The 5-foot-2 Osbourne, who once weighed 230 pounds, said Atkins is the only diet that has enabled her to easily maintain her weight loss.
Linda said Osbourne does not count calories, but focuses on keeping daily carb intake to less than 25 grams and consuming healthy fats. Sharon's diet is a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic-style diet that has been shown to promote rapid weight loss and prevent heart disease and diabetes.
New research also shows the low-carb, high-fat Atkins and ketogenic diets relieve depression and bipolar disorder. "A number of recent studies have shown how a low-carb diet like Atkins can relieve depression," said O'Byrne.
"Low-carb diets keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent food cravings, which helps with mental clarity and boosts mood. The intake of natural fats, especially foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, is also increased, which are linked with improved mood and reduced risk of depression."
Osbourne, 61, has struggled with weight her entire life. In 1999, Sharon lost over 100 pounds after undergoing lap-band surgery. She then regained 45 pounds after getting the band removed after the procedure left her weak and sick.
Sharon has credited the Atkins diet for enabling her to stay slim without feeling deprived. "It has been life-changing," she said. "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change."
Sample menu: Day One
Breakfast. Baked pepper: Combine one egg, 30 grams of grated cheese, one-quarter of a cooked onion and 50 grams of cooked chorizo sausage, then place into half a red pepper and bake on medium heat for 25 minutes. (5 grams of carbs)
Mid-morning snack. Atkins Day Break Apple Crisp Bar (3 grams of carbs)
Lunch. Two celery stalks filled with a small tin of tuna, mixed with one tablespoon of mayonnaise. (3 grams of carbs).
Mid-afternoon snack. Two Atkins Advantage Rye Crackers topped with two slices of full-fat cheddar cheese. (2.8 grams of carbs).
Dinner. Four-ounce rump steak cooked in one tablespoon of olive oil and served with 55 grams of sautéed spring greens (4 grams of carbs).
Sample menu: Day Two
Breakfast. 30g of spinach sautéed in one teaspoon of olive oil and topped with a fried egg (1 gram of carbs)
Mid-morning snack. Atkins Daybreak Cappuccino Nut Bar (3.5g carbs). Or sugar-free jelly topped with one tablespoon of whipped cream (1 gram of carbs).
Lunch. A tin of salmon served with a large green salad of romaine lettuce, 1/4 of a cucumber, 1/3 of an avocado and chopped celery (9 grams of carbs)
Afternoon snack. Atkins Advantage Chocolate Decadence Bar (2 grams of carbs)
Dinner. Grilled lamb chops served with spring greens and a side of mashed cauliflower, topped with parmesan cheese (8 grams of carbs).