Trisha Yearwood is smoking-hot after losing 30 pounds on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet, but says maintaining the weight loss is harder than she ever imagined.
Trisha's dietary overhaul also helped husband Garth Brooks lose 20 pounds.
"The most important thing I want to get across is that maintaining weight loss is just hard," Yearwood, 49, told O Magazine. "It takes a dedication to exercise and eat right most of the time.
I'm not saying I don't enjoy the days that I'm not eating chocolate cake, but I do particularly like those days when I am eating chocolate cake."
The 5-foot-8 Yearwood slimmed down from a size 14 to a 10 by following a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and doing circuit-training and Zumba dance workouts. She also drastically cut back on sugar consumption and began incorporating more vegetarian and vegan dishes into her diet.
Yearwood, who hosts the Food Network TV show, "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," overhauled her diet following her mother’s death from breast cancer in 2011. Yearwood's mom, Gwen, switched to a plant-based, dairy-free diet while battling cancer.
The move inspired Trisha, who is married to country superstar Garth Brooks, to eat more vegetables and lighten up her Southern recipes. As a result, Yearwood's husband Garth has also lost 20 pounds. The 6-foot-tall Brooks, who once tipped the scales at 260 pounds, admitted he has to constantly watch his weight.
Yearwood has tried unsuccessfully to lose weight before, only to give up in frustration on restrictive diets. "I don't think you can name one diet I haven't done," she said. "I'm that girl who buys every magazine where somebody's lost 30 pounds."
Trisha is still adjusting to her slimmer physique and says she sometimes forgets how much thinner she is now. "I lost the weight eight months ago, and I still wake up every day and think there's no way my clothes will fit," she said.