For “a whole decade,” Deborah Norville hated the best way her physique regarded.

“I felt horrible,” the Inside Version host, 60, tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t like strolling right into a room; I didn’t like strolling out of a room, as a result of the view each methods was horrible.”

However past aesthetics, Norville was growing well being issues made worse by genetics.

“I’ve a household historical past of a whole lot of cardiac issues,” she says. “My massive wake-up name was my blood stress was up, and I used to be actually offended about it, as a result of I don’t eat a whole lot of rubbish. However my physician checked out me, and he mentioned, ‘At a sure level you may’t escape your genetics.’ I mentioned, ‘Nicely, my blood stress wouldn’t be so excessive if I wasn’t so fats.’ So he mentioned do one thing about it. Lose some weight.”

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From there, Norville determined to fully minimize out all sugar.

It wasn’t straightforward, as a result of it’s in every thing,” she says. “It took me a couple of strong three weeks of me being extremely purposeful about avoiding sugar. You’ll be slack jawed about how a lot added sugar there may be, if you begin studying your labels. I checked out my half and half and the second ingredient was corn syrup. That turned me right into a dilettante about studying the labels.”

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Ditching sugar meant speaking herself out of the sweet bowl within the workplace break room and ignoring the containers of crackers with hidden sucrose, however after the primary three weeks, she discovered that her style buds had modified.

“I began to appreciate it was working after I ate half an apple — and it tasted so candy to me,” she says.

Norville additionally began consuming recent meals as a lot as attainable, like high-fiber greens that she would merely roast with olive oil and spices like turmeric and curry. And every morning, she blended up a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseeds.

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With out actually meaning to lose a specific amount of weight, Norville dropped 30 lbs. in about eight months.

“I’m very happy with the place I’m now,” she says. “Frankly, I look fairly darn good. I can slot in a costume that I purchased the 12 months after I graduated highschool, and that makes me fairly darn proud.”

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Plus, Norville’s blood stress numbers are “positively higher” — and “I really feel good,” she says.

And whereas she was strict with herself initially, Norville will let herself have wine in the course of the vacation season — she’s simply staying away from the hors d’oeuvres.

“Sadly one of many issues with sugar is wine, however I’m not an absolutist about that,” she says. “I’m not going to eat these pigs in a blanket although, as a result of it’s not price it. You perform a little cost-benefit evaluation in your head.”

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