‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Shows off Massive Weight Loss and Reveals How She Did It

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed a lot of things for a lot of people. As gyms closed down and most people spent their time inside their homes, fitness routines were thrown off and some people found themselves being more sedentary than usual. Superstar chef The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond recently revealed that she put on and lost weight all during the pandemic. Now, the Pioneer Woman is revealing her weight loss secrets and how she got healthy.

Ree Drummond at The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration in 2017
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

The Pioneer Woman’s weight loss journey

Drummond shared her journey with fans on a TikTok posted on May 17.

 “Hi I’m Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, she said. “You may know me from my cooking show, but I also have cookbooks, a cooking website — I can’t get away from food and I love to eat. Of course it crept up on me through the years, especially during COVID.”

After 2020, Drummond knew she wanted to get healthy in 2021.

“So starting in January, I decided to get busy and lose some weight. No gimmicks at all,” she said. “I just cut calories, exercised more, lifted a lot of weights.”

For Drummond, it wasn’t all about her looks, but more so about how getting the weight off made her feel.

“I look better but I feel so much better and that’s what really counts,” she continued. “I’m still a goofball, I just have a lot more energy! Be afraid.”

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Moving more and building muscle has been the key for me! I still love fries, though. #fyp

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Drummond has lost 38 pounds so far and she credits it to being more active.

“Moving more and building muscle has been the key for me!” she captioned the video. “I still love fries, though.”

Fan reactions to Ree’s weight loss

Fans flooded the comment section of Drummond’s video with support.

“Us country mamas gotta keep our energy up!” one fan wrote. “Happy you’re feeling better. You’ve always looked amazing.”

“I love your attitude,” another person wrote. “You give me hope.”

“Thank you for being kind to yourself and for not talking about gaining weight as if it was the worst thing ever,” one person said. “I’m so happy you are feeling better.”

And some fans even wanted to see some healthy recipes from Drummond.

“Please make a healthy eating cookbook” one fan commented. “Seriously, I wouldn’t trust any other healthy cookbook than yours.”

Pioneer woman healthy recipes

If you are looking to eat healthier, there are lots of Pioneer Woman recipes that can help you out. From her Ginger Steak Salad and Grilled Nectarine Salads to Heavenly Hummus Wrap with Homemade Hummus, Drummond has lots of health conscious recipes.

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One fan favorite is her spicy cauliflower stir-fry. All you need to make it is cauliflower, vegetable oil, garlic, soy sauce, lime, green onions, and hot sauce or siracha.

First, you cook the cauliflower and garlic in a pan for about three minutes. Add in the soy sauce, lime juice, and green onions. Cook for one minute and then add your hot sauce and voila, a healthy, delicious meal.