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Sherri Shepherd shares health secrets: How she lost 60 pounds and beat diabetes

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Seeking candidates for smart celebrity dieters? You might consider "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, who has lost a total of 60 pounds through diet and fitness, reported ABC News on Dec. 23.

In contrast to celebrities who boast about spending hours in the gym each day or cutting out entire food groups, Sherri believes in keeping it sane and sensible. In addition to shedding pounds, she focuses on managing her diabetes, which she describes in her book "Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes" (click for details).

Because she dines out frequently and maintains a busy lifestyle, Sherri has developed two guidelines for herself that others can follow:

  • Eat first. "I tell people eat before you go to a restaurant,” she said. “A lot of times, you go to a restaurant and you’re so hungry. I eat before I go, cause the point is to have great conversation. So, I’m already full and that helps me.”
  • Keep healthy foods with you. "I always carry apples and peanut butter in my purse to give me that boost of energy to get me through the day.”

When it comes to fitness, Sherri keeps it fun.

“I do Zumba every night. I find a Zumba class, or put in my DVDs,” she said.

And for those who think that Zumba doesn't sound like much of a workout, consider this: Doing Zumba at medium intensity for one hour burns more than 500 calories.

If you want to try it at home like Sherri, the Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set includes four DVDs and toning sticks. There's also a less expensive version called the Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping System DVD.

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