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Gayle King in Bathing Suit "Can't Wait to Go Back"

Here’s how she stays so fit.

Gayle King is heating up the Dead Sea in her swimsuit. The journalist spent a few days with her pal Oprah Winfrey, showing off her beautiful body in a bathing suit while slathered in mud and then floating in the Dead Sea. "​​Oh what a weekend … Petra … camels and one of the highlights: a Dead Sea float and mud bath ….as Oprah often tells me we have different ideas of fun … but in the end a great time was had by all… I see why the sign when you leave the airport says. Welcome to sweet Jordan ! Can't wait to go back !!!" she captioned the Instagram post. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 7 ways Gayle King stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



She Works Out a Lot

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Several years ago Gayle revealed to Oprah that she works out for an hour five to six days a week: 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training either with resistance bands or free weights. She splits up her day, doing upper body one and lower the next. On weekends she will do both. She also does ab exercises 3 to 4 days a week. 


She Stresses the Importance of Weight Training

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Gayle stresses the importance of lifting weights. "Before I was doing cardio, cardio, cardio," Gayle told Oprah. "And I wasn't losing weight the way I'm losing now. Jim said to me that building up muscle really does burn calories faster. For me, that's been the case."


She Focuses On Not Only Losing Weight, But Maintaining

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After dopping 20 pounds with the help of her trainer, Gayle revealed some of his best advice: Maintenance is just as much work as, if not more than, losing the weight. "I'd never heard that before," she told Oprah.


She Doesn't Deprive Herself


Her second piece of advice? "I deny myself nothing," she says. "Some people don't eat pasta or bread or sweets ever. I love those foods too much. So for the most part, I eat healthy, but if I go to a party or on vacation, I'm going to enjoy it; then I work extra hard to get back to where I was." And, she believes, easy come easy go and vice versa. "I've learned that when you gain weight quickly," she says, "you can lose it quickly."


She Does Soup Fasts

If Gayle has to lose weight fast she might go on a soup cleanse. "I went from 172.2 pounds down to 165 pounds. 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 … ps plz withhold all negative comments about my jacked up feet 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 …." she captioned a 2020 post. 


She Does Weight Watchers

In 2016, King, who has been open about her weight struggles, revealed that she dropped nearly 28 pounds by following the Weight Watchers program, going from 184.5 pounds to 156.8 pounds. "'It's going down' — to quote Kesha — 'I'm yelling timber,'" she wrote via Instagram at the time, sharing a photo of her feet on a scale. "October 7, 163.6 and now 160.6. Went up for a hot minute, now back on track at Weight Watchers counting the points!"


She Finds Joy in Movement

"I try to figure out a way to get some kind of exercise. I've been reading this book about the joy of movement, and I do think there's something to that," Gayle told Elle. "I'm not saying I like working out. I'm just saying I do it. I do the treadmill, I do the elliptical and I do weights. But I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Oh, my God, I love it.'"

Leah Groth
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