Marie Osmond On Her 50lb Weight Loss Journey: ‘Food Isn’t My Enemy Anymore’

Marie Osmond has kept her 50-pound weight loss off for 15 years — and the artist revealed her secret to looking and feeling youthful.

“At this point in my life, I can tell you that weight ages you,” the 63-year-old told Fox News Digital. “It also takes away the joy of being active with your children and grandchildren. It takes away your health, even mentally. It’s not healthy for you. And when you hear the world say, ‘Love me the way I am,’ I think you love yourself to be the best version of you… so that you can live.” Your life to the fullest and most beautiful. That’s why I continued this.”

Marie Osmond said she has struggled with her body image over the years.

Marie Osmond said she has struggled with her body image over the years.
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“I will never go back to the way I was,” she said. “Never. I could never have done everything I’ve done. My last album, my current album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard. I’m 63. That’s stupid, right? … I couldn’t do it without the energy I have. And it just came out, Best fun ride I’ve been on. Just spent Disney World with my 8 grandkids. My 23 year old son goes, “Mom, let’s close the park.” “I could never have done that at 50 pounds.”

Marie Osmond lost 50 pounds 15 years ago - and has been able to keep the weight off.

Marie Osmond lost 50 pounds 15 years ago – and has been able to keep the weight off.
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Osmond was at her heaviest in 2007. At the time, she weighed 165 pounds and a size 14. That year, she tried Nutrisystem, a customized meal delivery program, to help her drop her size down to a size 4. She never allows herself to “put on more weight than from five pounds,” which is usually the case during the holidays.

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The mother of eight noted how, as a teenager, her body would often come under scrutiny, making food “an issue.” She also revealed how the hurtful words had a profound effect on her over the years.

Osmond achieved her first major success at the age of 13 with her #1 country hit “Paper Roses”. At the age of 16, she and her brother, Donny Osmond, were the hosts of their own network television variety show.

Marie Osmond recalled being disgraced as a teenager.

Marie Osmond recalled being disgraced as a teenager.
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“I grew up in entertainment, and there was always body issues and yo-yo dieting and this and that,” the TV personality explained. “I was just here at KTLA… in L.A. where we did the original ‘Donny & Marie’ show. I was 15, and I was talking about how you take me to a parking lot and I’m 5’5″ — he was like 103 pounds — it was said. Lee I’m overweight. [It] It was embarrassing… It was the Twiggy era in the ’70s, you know, popsicle heads and all.”

Osmond previously told Fox News Digital that she would “literally starve myself for three days before taping” by drinking lime water and chili with maple syrup. As she got older, shedding the pounds became more and more difficult.

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“The women in my family don’t live much beyond 60,” Marie Osmond previously told Fox News Digital. “They put weight around their stomachs. They also suffer from strokes and heart attacks. This is what took my mother’s life. I am the only child.”
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“When I hit my 40s, I think I kind of said, ‘I’m going to be a mom,'” the star said. “You’re kind of thinking, ‘That teenage body is gone. That 20-year-old isn’t there anymore.'” This is not true. Long story short, my eldest son came on behalf of all the kids. I was divorced and he said, ‘Mom, we’re going to lose you. You’re going to die. You need to lose weight.’ This is really hard. And the women in my family don’t live that long because of heart disease and weight. And so, it was kind of a wake-up call—a big, scary wake-up call. They said, ‘Mom, you’re all we’ve got.’ So that was kind of my ha [moment]. And then it was like, “How am I going to do this?”

Marie Osmond said she received a wake-up call from her son at her biggest.

Marie Osmond said she received a wake-up call from her son at her biggest.
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In 2007, it was announced that Osmond would appear as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”. The competition series brings together celebrities and professional dancers as they train rigorously for the performances. Osmond shared that during her time on the show Nutrisystem “found me.”

“I call it Dancing with Hunger,” Osmond joked about her time on the show. “Fifty extra pounds and spandex wasn’t pretty. And so, I went on Nutrisystem. That was my last effort. And I learned for the first time in my life that food is not the enemy. I lost at least 10 pounds. A month. That’s a dress size.. Within four months, I weighed less. I couldn’t believe the body was still inside of me.”

Osmond insisted she was able to stick to the regimen because “it’s not a diet.” Instead, she changed her relationship with food. For the new year, Osmond has teamed up with Nutrisystem again to start Complete 55, a plan designed for women over 55.

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Marie Osmond participated in Dancing with the Stars in 2007.

Marie Osmond participated in Dancing with the Stars in 2007.
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“When you get to 55, we talk about the horrible M, it’s not Mary, it’s menopause,” she laughed.

“[But] Food is not my enemy anymore. This is the most important thing he taught me. What is full and what is sentimental? … I’m 63 and living my most amazing life right now. I know who I am. I’ve been through the crazy stuff, the heartache, and the parts where you’re on the floor like, “I don’t know how to take my next breath.” … It’s really nice to be in a place where — look, I don’t have a 20-year-old’s body, but I definitely don’t have a 63-year-old’s body. And I think the more I take care of you, the more your body will take care of you.”

Donny and Marie Osmond during their final performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas on November 16, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Donny and Marie Osmond during their final performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas on November 16, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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During the coronavirus pandemic, Osmond had the energy to take her decades-long singing career in a different direction. In 2021, she released a 17-song album, Unexpected, in which she sang a mixture of classical, opera and Broadway tunes with the support of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. She also starred in her third movie, Christmas Fiance.

In 2019, she and Donny, 65, ended their 11-year residency in Las Vegas. During the holidays in 2022, she led a sold-out tour. These days, she is just happy to be a grandmother.

Marie Osmond is seen performing here at Center in the Square on December 1, 2022, in Kitchener, Ontario.

Marie Osmond is seen performing here at Center in the Square on December 1, 2022, in Kitchener, Ontario.
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“I really like being a grandmother,” she gushes. “When you get to this point in life, the most important thing you have is your health and your family’s. And it’s really in that order, too. You can have a family, but if you can’t be involved in their lives because you’re sick…that’s why I’m a huge advocate of weight control.” “It makes a difference. Believe me, it changed my life to get rid of it. The best acne pill you can take is just get healthy.”

Marie Osmond recalls her weight dissonance, being told she needed to ‘keep food out of my greasy face’

Marie Osmond said she loves being a grandmother and has more energy to spend with her family.

Marie Osmond said she loves being a grandmother and has more energy to spend with her family.
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“I’ve spent the last 11 years residing in Las Vegas,” she said. “You miss the soccer games, you miss the basketball games. And you miss that stuff. And I don’t want to miss it anymore. I still do the things I love. I still play and I feel very lucky. On my Christmas tour, I had a group of grown-up girls from 20-year-olds in the front row. I looked at them from the stage and said, “Do you guys even know who I am?” And they said, “Yeah, we found you on YouTube!”… This whole new generation finds me and they’re so cute. There are three projects I’m looking for her now, but I love being a grandmother. I really love the whole life.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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