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Glimpse inside Kathy Bates' Weight Loss of Almost 60 Pounds

Cheryl Kahla
Aug 09, 2021
02:22 P.M.
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Kathy Bates feels like an entirely new person after losing almost 60 pounds, and the 73-year-old is living her best life as she continues to cultivate mindfulness in all that she does. 

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The "American Horror Story" star revealed that while losing almost 60 pounds was not an easy feat, half of the battle actually included cultivating mindfulness. She explained

“...It’s a biological thing, that at some point when you’re eating, you have this involuntary sigh and that’s really your brain and your stomach communicating that you’ve had enough.”

Kathy Bates attends the 13th Annual CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History on December 08, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

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CHOOSING TO BE MINDFUL

While trying to be mindful of what she eats is a big part of how she was able to cut down on her weight, the actress also decided to let go of junk food and soda altogether. Ultimately, her new weight did not happen overnight, and it was a conscious effort that lasted a couple of years.  

In the end, all her effort ended up bearing fruit, as she is now feeling a lot healthier at 73. Bates shared that her health is "great" for the first time in several years. In fact, if there's one thing she regrets, it's not switching up her lifestyle any sooner. 

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THE MIND AS AN ALLY

If there's one thing Bates has to say to those hoping to lose weight, it's to treat the mind as a powerful ally in making choices about one's health. She believes being mindful will help you make the right decisions on food choices and even keeping an active lifestyle. 

After all, she's had quite a couple of health scares in her life that needed her to be mentally strong. In 2003, at the age of 55, she was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer, which she ultimately overcame. 

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HER CAREER'S GROWTH

Bates began her career back in 1980 when she starred in Broadway shows. While the next couple of years weren't too good for her, things took a turn for the better when she was cast as a psychotic fan in "Misery," which won her an Oscar. 

Through the years, she went through a couple more roles before landing yet another nomination in the Academy Awards, this time for "About Schmidt." 

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More recently, she is known for her role in "American Horror Story," which she landed just shortly after being diagnosed yet again with cancer in 2012.

She had a double mastectomy, and after combatting cancer a second time and even lymphedema, she admitted that she's in very good shape. 

Ultimately, she refers to her show business return as her "third act" and said she "never dreamed any of this stuff would happen." Fans of Bates also recently saw her in the 2019 film "The Highwaymen," which also received good reviews. 

Bates has more than 120 film credits to her name since starting her career over five decades ago. Nowadays, she is happy to remain in Hollywood and has not announced her retirement from working. 

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