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Dr. Oz: Whoopi Goldberg credits 'Pound a Day Diet' for 35-pound weight loss

Dr. Oz: Whoopi Goldberg's 30-lb weight loss on 'Pound a Day Diet' and quitting smoking
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Dr. Mehmet Oz sat down with Whoopi Goldberg to discuss how she quit smoking and her recent 35-pound weight loss on the May 15 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Whoopi, 58, has made some dramatic lifestyle changes during the past few months after getting a couple of sobering wake-up calls.

The first crisis came when the 5-foot-5 Goldberg noticed her weight had climbed to 217 pounds. Goldberg, who has steadily piled on weight over the years, said she decided then and there to lose weight and take control of her health.

Whoopi started following Rocco DiSpirito’s Pound a Day Diet and has since lost 35 pounds. DiSpirito's "Pound a Day Diet" is a low-carb Mediterranean-style eating plan that involves calorie cycling. Rocco said it can help you lose a pound a day every five days without plateaus.

In the first week, dieters consume six low-carb, protein-rich meals totaling 850 calories on weekdays and 1,200 calories on the weekends. The following week, you consume more calories, but every week the diet changes, so your body never gets used to it, helping you avoid the inevitable weight-loss plateaus that frustrate so many people.

DiSpirito has credited his "Pound a Day Diet" for his own 50-pound weight loss. The 6-foot-1 Rocco slimmed down from 230 pounds to 180 pounds by overhauling his diet, and now boasts an impressive 10% body fat.

"The 'Pound a Day Diet' is as high-velocity as a weight-loss program can get," said Rocco, who also wrote the bestseller, Now Eat This! Diet. "Only liposuction provides faster results. I did the research. I know it works better [than liposuction] because I personally tested it on over three dozen people."

Another major health change Whoopi made was to quit her 46-year cigarette-smoking habit. Whoopi began smoking when she was 12 years old.

Goldberg, who overcame a serious drug addiction years ago, tried many times to quit smoking, but was unsuccessful. One day, she saw a video from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation about two boys, Keith and Kennedy, who suffer from cystic fibrosis. People with cystic fibrosis have difficulty breathing because the condition causes mucus to collect in the lungs.

Goldberg said watching the video made her realize how much she took her own health for granted, and that's when she decide to give up smoking once and for all.