Gayle King has revealed she completed a five-day soup fast to try and squeeze into the dress she wanted to wear while covering the election after gaining 13 pounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CBS This Morning anchor took to Instagram on Monday, the day before the 2020 presidential election, to share side-by-side photos of herself standing on the scale before and after the diet.
Gayle, 65, never stated what soup fast she followed, but it clearly worked. According to the scales, she dropped a total of seven pounds in just five days on the restrictive meal plan.
Determined: Gayle King, 65, revealed she went on a five-day soup fast to try and fit into the mustard yellow dress she wanted to wear to cover the election. She’s pictured in January
Success: The CBS This Morning anchor shared photos of herself on the scale before and after the soup fast, sharing that she lost a total of seven pounds in five days
Be kind: The journalist admitted she has been too afraid to get a pedicure amid the pandemic and asked her followers to withhold comments about her ‘jacked up feet’
‘Update! Just completed 5 day soup fast & the results are in! Trying to get into mustard yellow dress for Elex night coverage TONITE …praying to sweet black baby Jesus it now fits, that you VOTE, & that there is PEACE,’ she captioned the image, adding one final note about the state of her feet.
‘PS plz withhold all negative comments about my jacked up feet,’ she said. ‘I’m well aware they are a hot mess but not yet comfortable in a covid environment going to nail salon… bigger issues to worry about …’
So far, it’s unclear if Gayle was able to fit into the dress. She was seen wearing a long-sleeve orange frock on CBS This Morning on Tuesday.
Hard to tell: So far, it’s unclear if Gayle was able to fit into the dress. She was seen wearing a long-sleeve orange frock on CBS This Morning on Tuesday
Honest: Gayle first opened up about her 13-pound weight gain on Instagram on October 24. She is pictured working from home in July
The journalist bravely opened up about gaining around 13 pounds during quarantine in a post shared on Instagram on October 24.
‘CRISIS! The weight struggle is real! fatter than I’ve been in long time .. & scared to get a pedicure (big sigh),’ Gayle began.
In order to be as transparent as possible, she included five photos taken over the past few months that showed her weighing in on a scale.
The progressive snapshots revealed that Gayle’s weight crept up from 159.2 pounds to 172.2 pounds during the global crisis.
Gayle noted in her post’s caption that although her doctor told her that her ‘ideal weight’ is 163 pounds, that number is ‘not happening anytime soon.’
Struggle is real: Gayle share photos of herself standing on the scale, admitting in the caption that she was ‘fatter than I’ve been in long time’
Steady: The progressive snapshots revealed that Gayle’s weight crept up from 159.2 pounds to 172.2 pounds during the global crisis
Not now: Gayle noted in her post’s caption that although her doctor told her that her ‘ideal weight’ comes in at 163 pounds, that number is ‘not happening anytime soon’
‘Blaming corona quarantine & Halloween candy corns I just bought! Make it stop!’ concluded the news anchor, whose post garnered more than 40,000 likes.
After opening up about her COVID-19 related struggles, Gayle received an outpouring of support from friends and fans, alike.
‘A. You have pretty feet. B. I’m in the same boat. Can’t stop eating ice cream,’ admitted fellow talk show host Andy Cohen in a comment.
One fan publicly thanked Gayle for her ‘honesty and vulnerability’ and added that ‘we all can relate.’
Another positive commenter sympathized with Gayle’s frustration over weight gain, but reminded her that ‘we are all more than a number’ on a scale.
Elements at play: Gayle blamed her weight gain on the COVID-19 quarantine and Halloween candy
Positive feedback: After opening up about her COVID-19 related struggles, Gayle received an outpouring of support from friends and fans, alike
Some of the Instagram users in Gayle’s comment section took jabs at her worn off toenail polish, but most of the sentiments left under Gayle’s post were kind in nature.
Although it is often unsettling to see the number on the scale go up, nutrition therapist Christy Harrison recently discussed the importance of leaving negative thoughts behind during this ‘cultural moment.’
‘Fearing weight gain and feeling bad about your body takes you away from what really matters and being able to participate in this cultural moment,’ she explained in an interview with the New York Times.
She also noted that reintroducing ourselves to exercise can be ‘its own pleasurable thing [we] can do for joy and for mental health benefits.’
‘[But] It’s hard to tune into that when you have all these voices in your head saying, “But if I can’t get my heart rate to this I’m not going to get the benefits.”‘