Sherri Shepherd's New View
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Sherri Shepherd's New View

How the cohost of The View regained control of her diabetes and lost 40 pounds in the process.

When Sherri Shepherd's friends asked if she was doing Weight Watchers, The View's cohost replied, "Nah. I'm doing diabetes." She's not the only one; 10 percent of U.S. women have the disease. November is American Diabetes Month, so we caught up with Shepherd on the set of her new sitcom, Sherri, and got her rules to live by.

1. Find a doc who talks tough.

"My mom died of diabetes complications when she was 41. When I was 40, my doctor told me, 'I don't know when you're going to have a stroke, but it's going to happen.' That was my wakeup call."

2. Scare yourself skinny.

"Diabetes makes you feel like you're in a fog. I needed clarity, because I was about to join The View and sit at a table with four formidable women. So I vowed to get healthy and strut my stuff in a swimsuit on TV. It worked: I lost 10 inches in three months."

3. Stop using the treadmill as a clothes hanger.

"My trainer -- who I like to call the evil one -- and I do intervals three times a week. He puts that sucker on a crazy level-12 incline at 4.6 miles per hour, then varies the incline until I feel like I'm going to fly right off."

4. Focus on your assets.

"I hate squats, but I love my new booty. So I do those squats, and I run stairs, too."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.