Dolly Parton can do it all. She’s a country music sensation, actress, author, and philanthropist. And if that wasn’t enough, the Queen of Country Music has also dreamed up her own amusement park, Dollywood. But although she makes her accomplishments seem easy, this larger-than-life musician has faced her share of challenges in the past. Over the years, Dolly Parton has admitted that she’s struggled with her weight and that she’s tried just about every diet out there.
In her 30’s, Dolly was diagnosed with unspecified medical issues which she vaguely referred to as “female problems.”* Dolly hinted, but didn’t confirm, that her weight gain was associated these issues. She also revealed that she had an addiction to food and her weight crept up to 150 pounds. After getting control of her food addictions, Dolly Parton successfully lost about 40 pounds and has kept it off.
These days Dolly Parton sticks to a low-carb diet. She allows herself some indulgences on the weekends, but primarily eats healthy choices like veggies and fruits throughout the week. In the past, Dolly Parton has been a serial dieter. In her own words: “I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.”** Dolly was probably referring to the cabbage soup diet, which has also been favored by celebs like actress Jaime Pressly.
The cabbage soup diet involves eating little besides soup for seven consecutive days. The soup itself is made from bouillon, water, cabbage, and onions. Dolly may have also added peppers, celery, and tomatoes.
During the diet, she was allowed to eat as much of the soup as she wanted. On the first day, she would also eat some fruit and on the second day, she would eat vegetables and soup. The third day of the diet incorporates soup, fruit, and veggies. On the fourth day, Dolly Parton would have eaten bananas, skim milk, and soup. The next two days involved eating nothing but soup and 20 oz. of protein daily. On the last day, Dolly would have eaten soup, veggies, fruit juice, and brown rice.
There are some serious problems with this diet. Not only would she have gotten sick of stuffing so much cabbage down her throat, this diet cuts out entire food groups. The only whole grain in this diet is the brown rice on the seventh day. Dolly would also have only been able to eat protein on two of the days. Dieters following the cabbage soup plan would likely lose water weight during the week, and then gain it all back once they began eating normally again. Dolly Parton herself admitted that she suffered from frequent weight fluctuations – proving that fad diets simply didn’t work for her.
Dolly Parton isn’t a big fan of exercise. She’s admitted to doing some sit-ups now and then and a squat here and there. However, she’s still maintaining her 110-lb. frame, so it’s reasonable to assume that she might go for a walk now and then.
Dolly Parton Sample Daily Diet Plan
- Breakfast: Fruit & cabbage soup
- Lunch: Veggies & cabbage soup
- Dinner: Veggies & cabbage soup