Paula Deen Still Feels Fat, Still Eats Fried Chicken (Just Not As Much)

FILE - Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday, March 6, 2012 that former worker Lisa Jackson, who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother, made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet. A lawsuit filed Monday, March 5 by Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court," said a statement from the Oliver Maner law firm, representing Deen. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
FILE - Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. Attorneys for Deen said Tuesday, March 6, 2012 that former worker Lisa Jackson, who claimed she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment at a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother, made false claims after the celebrity chef refused to pay her to keep quiet. A lawsuit filed Monday, March 5 by Jackson "makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court," said a statement from the Oliver Maner law firm, representing Deen. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

Paula Deen was in Miami last week for the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and the celebrity chef turned a few heads after her uninhibited Today Show appearance.

Deen took a break from partying to speak to The Miami Herald about her current diet plan. Deen has lost 40 pounds since announcing her diabetes diagnosis in early 2012.

“I still feel like a fat ass,” Deen told the Herald. "I need a chin lift so bad."

Deen's been preaching moderation for many months now. She's not eliminating many foods, just eating less of them, the star chef told the Herald.

"When she eats fried chicken, now it’s just a wing," the Herald reported.

The PaulaDeen.com website is now in line with Deen's new diet mission. The most prominent links on the site are about a contest around eating healthy with diabetes, an article about fennel seasonality, and recipes for energy bars and lighter eclairs. It's a far cry from fried butter balls.

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