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Sherri Shepherd reveals secrets for 66-lb weight loss and beating diabetes

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"The View" host Sherri Shepherd credits a low-carb, low-sugar diet and Zumba dance workouts for her incredible 66-pound weight loss.

“I do Zumba every night," Shepherd, 46, told ABC News. "I find a Zumba class or put in my DVDs."

Sherri has lost an additional 20 pounds since August 2013, when she revealed she had lost 46 pounds. The 5-foot-1 Shepherd, who once tipped the scales at 197 pounds, has been doing Zumba workouts for over two years.

She said carrying little snacks around in her purse and eating before she goes to restaurants helps curb overeating.

“A lot of times, you go to a restaurant and you’re so hungry," said Sherri. "I eat before I go, because the point is to have great conversation. So, I’m already full and that helps me. I always carry apples and peanut butter in my purse to give me that boost of energy to get me through the day.”

Shepherd said losing weight has not only improved her appearance, but has given her so more energy to be able to keep up with her eight-year-old son Jeffrey.

Shepherd's weight loss has also helped her reverse her type 2 diabetes — an illness that took her mom's life at age 41. Sherri used to take three different medications for diabetes, but now no longer takes any, thanks to her low-carb, low-sugar diet and regular exercise.

Shepherd revealed how she beat diabetes in her book Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It).

"Diabetes has forced me to make exercise a part of my daily life," she said. "It just really changed my entire way. I’ve been eating and living and that’s actually a good thing."

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