Paula Deen

Paula Deen must be seriously cutting back on the donut burgers. The Southern chef, who recently publicized that she has Type 2 diabetes, stepped out looking significantly slimmer at the 2012 South Beach Wine and Food Festival Sunday.

"I've dropped two pant sizes and I feel great!" Deen told People.

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But how did she do it? The 65-year-old says she walks 30 minutes a day and cut her portion sizes in half.

But Deen doesn't believe in obsessing over how many pounds she's lost. "We don't own a scale in our house," says Deen. "Every six months I go for a physical and find out. Now it's time to see the doctor. She'll be so happy if I've lost weight."

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Her son Bobby, whose show Not My Mama's Meals premieres in March, is proud of his mom's weight-loss victory. "Doesn't she look nice?" said the 42-year-old chef. "She has a little more pep in her step now. She'd been guilty of being a little too sedentary — like a lot of people."

Aside from looking better, it seems that Deen feels better too. "It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel."

What do you think of Deen's new look?