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Tina Fey Tells Oprah That She Lost 30 Pounds By Cutting Back on Sugar

Prevention logo Prevention 13/1/2020 Nicol Natale
Tina Fey wearing a black shirt: Tina Fey, 49, sat down with Oprah Winfrey as part of the 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour. The SNL alum revealed she lost 30 pounds using WW, formerly weight watchers. © Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images Tina Fey, 49, sat down with Oprah Winfrey as part of the 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour. The SNL alum revealed she lost 30 pounds using WW, formerly weight watchers.

Tina Fey rarely opens up about her diet and fitness routine, but the 30 Rock alum told Oprah Winfrey that she underwent a dramatic weight loss transformation over the course of her career on Saturday Night Live.

As part of Winfrey's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus tour, Fey, 49, sat down with Winfrey in St. Paul, MN, to talk about her success using the WW (formerly Weight Watchers) weight loss program. She said she gained weight while living in Chicago in her early 20s. “I was in Chicago, and really enjoyed the food…and the big coats,” the comedian told Winfrey, per OprahMag.com.

In 1997, Fey moved to New York City to become a writer for Saturday Night Live, eventually landing the role as the show's first female head writer. She told People in 2004 that the demanding job initially led her to gain weight. “I was a size 12 when I came to the show, and then I was really dealing with my stress with Krispy Kremes,” she said.

Eventually, Fey decided that enough was enough. Before she began co-anchoring the SNL Weekend Update in 2000, the comedian decided to join WW to lose weight.

Tina Fey, Nick Burns are posing for a picture: Saturday Night Live © NBC - Getty Images Saturday Night Live

The result? Fey lost 30 pounds. Today, the comedian told Winfrey she considers herself a "lifetime" member of WW and still posts to WW's community app, Connect. Although she doesn't track points at this time, Fey still watches her sugar intake.

“I take a banana and strawberry, and put frozen Cool Whip on it with a chocolate drizzle, and tell myself it’s a banana split,” she said of her go-to treat. Fey also said she plans to track points again before she co-hosts the 2021 Golden Globes alongside Amy Poehler.

With her 50th birthday approaching in May, the comedian also told Winfrey that she's looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

"I feel like I am at an age where all the things I've ever thought I wanted to do, I did them. I always wanted to work at Saturday Night Live, I always wanted to have a show, I always wanted to have children..." she said. "And I did that. So I feel like I'm trying to be quiet, and take things in. And listen. I'm waiting for something inside me to tell me what the next thing is I want to do."

Winfrey assured her that life "only gets better" in one's fifties. "I'll tell you, the only number that actually gave me pause was 60," Oprah, 65, said. "But when I turned 50, my dear friend, Maya Angelou was still alive, and Maya said to me, 'Babe, the fifties are everything you've been meaning to be. It's everything you thought you might do. This is it. It's coming in. You're not even there yet.'"

Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour With Special Guest Tina Fey © Adam Bettcher - Getty Images Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus Tour With Special Guest Tina Fey

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