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Paula Deen down two pant sizes with healthier lifestyle

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Paula Deen, the Food Network chef known for her savory, fatty dishes, has apparently cut down on eating her own recipes.

Deen told People Magazine in a recent interview that she has dropped two pant sizes since adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to Deen, she takes a 30-minute walk every day and has cut her portion sizes by about 50 percent.

Deen's son, Bobby, has been a motivator for his mother. Bobby is an avid runner who presented Deen with a pedometer to keep track of her walking distances.

Those hoping to dig a little deeper and learn of Deen's weight will be disappointed. The famous chef claims that she has not stepped on a scale and will not do so until her next checkup at the doctor's office.

The announcement of positive diet results comes two months after Deen revealed that she has been living with diabetes for the past three years. The January revelation came just before Deen signed an endorsement deal with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company that develops diabetes medication. Deen takes Novo Nordisk's Victoza pill to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

The timing of these announcements put Deen in the crosshairs of many public critics. Over the years, Deen has developed a reputation for creating dishes that are not exactly considered health conscious. Frying foods and excessive use of butter and bacon are two of Deen's calling cards in the kitchen. Because of this, many wondered if it was prudent of Deen to keep her diabetes condition secret while still serving up unhealthy food.

Anthony Bourdain, the host of Travel Channel's No Reservations, was especially critical, deeming Deen's actions to be in "bad taste."

Deen stirred the pot a little more last month when she was photographed eating a burger and fries on a cruise ship. With Deen's health improving, however, it appears the meal was not the norm in her new diet.

Deen has continued to promote for Novo Nordisk. As part of her endorsement deal, Deen has been creating diabetes-friendly recipes for the company's website in efforts to improve the health of the millions afflicted with Type 2 diabetes, which is generally caused by inactivity and poor eating habits.

And evidently, the new healthy lifestyle is already paying dividends in her own life.

"She has a little more pep in her step now," Bobby told People. "She'd been guilty of being a little too sedentary -- like a lot of people."

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