Weight Loss Surgery Made Sharon Osbourne Feel Like a 'Cheat'

By Victoria Kim 07/02/14

The outspoken music manager and television personality recently talked about her struggles with weight loss and food addiction.

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The surgery that helped Sharon Osbourne lose over 100 pounds made her feel like a “cheat,” the outspoken matriarch confessed to Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview about her gastric band surgery in 1999.

“I felt [like] such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach, and people are saying, ‘You look wonderful!’” she told ET. “And I’d go, ‘Thank you, I have to leave and vomit.’”

The 61-year-old self-proclaimed “food addict” once weighed 230 pounds. “We all have our own little addictions that we do not in moderation but too much, and mine is food,” she told ET. “I mean, I am a food addict.”

After her gastric band surgery left her weak and sick, she had the band removed in 2006. Osbourne now abides by the low-carb high-fat (LCHF) Atkins diet to help maintain a healthy weight. “It has been life-changing,” she said. “It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change.”

But she has not given up her guilty pleasures every now and then. “I’d be fibbing if I said I don’t cheat,” she said. “Because I do cheat. I cheat a lot on my diet. We all do.”

“I don’t guilt myself out,” she added. “Because the next day, I’ll start with my Atkins breakfast sandwich, and I’m right back on it.”

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