Marie Osmond has maintained her 50-pound weight loss For 15 years — and the entertainer revealed that this is her secret to looking and feeling youthful.
“At this stage of my life, I can tell you that weight makes you older,” 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 as I am’, I think you love yourself to be the best version of yourself… so you can live your fullest, most beautiful life. That’s why I’ve continued with this.'”
“I would never go back to who I was,” she shared. “Never. I could never have done everything I’ve done. My last album, my current album, debuted at number 1 on Billboard. I’m 63. That sucks, right?… Never could I have done that without the energy that I have. And I just got off the tour, the best, fun tour I’ve done. I just spent Disney World with my eight grandchildren. My 23-year-old son says, “Mom, let’s go to the park close. ‘ I could never have done that with 50 pounds on me.”
Osmond was at her heaviest in 2007. At the time, she weighed 165 pounds and a size 44. That year, she tried Nutrisystem, the personalized meal delivery program, to help her slim down to a size 4. The singer previously told Closer Weekly that she never lets herself get “more than five pounds overweight,” which usually happens during the holidays.
The mother of eight noted that her body was often scrutinized as a teenager, which made eating “an issue.” She also revealed how hurtful words had made a deep impression on her over the years.
With her, Osmond achieved her first big hit at the age of 13 No. 1 country hit ‘Paper Roses’. At the age of 16, she and her brother Donny Osmond headlined their own variety show on network television.
“Growing up in entertainment there was always physical issues and yo-yo dieting and this and that,” the TV personality explains. “I was just at KTLA here… in Los Angeles where we did the original ‘Donny & Marie’ show. I was about 15 and I was talking about being taken to a parking lot and at 5’5” – i was about 103 pounds – i was told i was fat. [It] was a shame… That was the era of Twiggy in the ’70s and you know, lollipop heads and all. “
Osmond previously told Fox News Digital that she would “literally starve myself for three days before recording” by drinking lemon water and cayenne pepper with maple syrup. As she got older, shedding the pounds became more difficult.
“When I was in my 40s, I think I just said, ‘I’m going to be my mom,'” the star said. “You just think, ‘That teen body is gone. That 20-year-old is gone.’ “And it’s just not true. Long story short, my son, the eldest, came on behalf of all the children. I got divorced and he’s like, ‘Mom, we’re going to lose you. You are dying. You need to lose weight.’ That’s a really tough one. And women in my family don’t live long because of heart disease and weight. And so it was kind of a wake-up — a big, scary wake-up call. They said, “Mom, you are all we have.” So that was kind of my a-ha [moment]. And then I thought, ‘How am I going to do this?'”
In 2007, it was announced that Osmond would appear as one contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” The competition series pairs celebrities with professional dancers where they train rigorously for performance. Osmond shared that it was during her time on the show that Nutrisystem “found me.”
“I call it ‘Dancing with the Starved,'” Osmond joked about her time on the show. “Fifty pounds overweight and spandex wasn’t pretty. And so I went on Nutrisystem. It was literally my last ditch effort. And I learned for the first time in my life that food wasn’t the enemy. I lost at least 10 pounds a month. That is a dress size… And within four months I was down to my weight. And I couldn’t believe that body was still inside me.”
Osmond insisted she could stick to the regimen because “it’s not a diet.” Instead, it changed her relationship with food. Before the new year, Osmond teamed up with Nutrisystem again to kick off Complete 55, a plan designed for women age 55+.
“When you turn 55, we’re talking about the mean, horrible M — it’s not Marie, it’s menopause,” she chuckled.
“[But] food is no longer my enemy. That’s the biggest thing it taught me. What is full and what is emotional?… I am 63 and currently living my most amazing life. I know who I am. I’ve been through the crazy things, the heartbreak, the parts where you’re on the floor, ‘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 body, but certainly not a 63-year-old body. And I believe that the more you take care of yourself, the more your body takes care of you.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, Osmond had the energy to take her decades-long singing career in a different direction. She came out in 2021 a 17-song album titled “Unexpected”, in which she sang a mix of classical, operatic and Broadway tunes backed by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. She also starred in her third lifetime holiday movie ‘A Fiancé for Christmas’.
In 2019, she and Donny, 65, ended their 11-year residency in Las Vegas. During the 2022 holiday season, she led a sold-out tour. These days, she’s just happy to be a grandma.
“I really love being a grandma,” she gushed. “When you get to this stage of life, the most important thing you have is your health and your family. And it’s really in that order too. You can have a family, but if you can’t participate in their lives because you’re sick.. … that’s why I’m a big believer in getting weight under control. It makes such a difference. Believe me, it changed my life by getting it off me. The best youth pill you can take is just be healthy.”
“I’ve spent the last 11 years in a residence in Las Vegasshe shared. “You miss the football games, you miss the basketball games. You miss those things. And I don’t want to miss them anymore. I still do the things I like. I’m still performing and I feel so blessed. On my Christmas tour, I had a bunch of 20-year-old girls in the front row. I looked down at them from the stage and said, “Do you know who I am?” And they said, ‘Yeah, we found you on YouTube!’… This whole new generation finds me and they’re just so cute. There are three projects I’m looking at right now, but I love being a grandma. I really love all of life.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.