Kathy Bates on losing 60 pounds: I’m like ‘a completely different person'

Living her best life! Kathy Bates is feeling like a whole new woman after losing roughly 60 pounds.

The American Horror Storyalum, 70, spoke exclusively to Us Weekly about what it took to drop the weight while attending WebMD’s Health Heroes event in New York City on Tuesday, January 15.

“Mindfulness, just knowing when to push my plate away,” Bates revealed to Us. “My niece told me this little secret, I guess it’s no secret, it’s a biological thing, that at some point when you’re eating, you have this involuntary sigh and that’s really your brain and your stomach communicating that you’ve had enough,” she said. “The trick is to pay attention to that and push your plate away.”

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Left to right: Sandy Dennis, Kathy Bates, Manta Heflin Cher, Karen Black, Robert Altman. December 28, 1981. (Photo by Michael Norcia/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Actress Kathy Bates. January 20, 1988. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Kathy Bates and Tony Campisi attend the premiere of 'Misery' on November 29, 1990 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Rob Reiner, Kathy Bates (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American actress Kathy Bates, circa 1990. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Kathy Bates (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Kathy Bates (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: Kathy Bates (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Kathy Bates (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Kathy Bates during HBO's TCA 1992 at RItz-Carlton in Pasadena, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Kathy Bates attends the opening of 'La Boheme' on September 9, 1993 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
DEAUVILLE FESTIVAL: FILM 'DOLORES CLAIRBORNE' (Photo by Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MARCH 20: Kathy Bates attends the premiere of 'Diabolique' on March 20, 1996 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kathy Bates during The 70th Annual Academy Awards - Red Carpet at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 1: Kathy Bates attends the premiere of 'Annie' on November 1, 1999 at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Kathy Bates attends 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Kathy Bates during 'American Outlaws' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann's Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
Kathy Bates during National Board of Review 2002 Annual Awards Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Kathy Bates (dress by Eric Gaskins; diamond jewelry by Harry Winston) arriving at the 75th Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kathy Bates during American Museum of the Moving Image Salute to John Travolta - Arrivals at Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Kathy Bates attends HBO hosts Emmy Awards After Party at Pacific Design Center on September 18, 2005 in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actress Kathy Bates arrives at the premiere of 'Charlotte's Web' held at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Kathy Bates arrives at the 12th Satellite Awards organize by the International Press Academy, 16 December 2007, in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Kathy Bates arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Revolutionary Road' at the Mann Village Theater on December 15, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 16: Kathy Bates attends THE CINEMA SOCIETY & NOILLY PRAT host a screening of 'CHERI' at DGA Theater on June 16, 2009 in New York. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kathy Bates appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4155 -- Pictured: Actress Kathy Bates during an interview on November 29, 2011 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Khloe Kardashian, Hoda Kotb and Kathy Bates appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Kathy Bates attends the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards performers nominee reception at Spectra on September 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
THE 64TH PRIMETIME EMMY(r) AWARDS - The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcasts live from 8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/5:00-8:00 p.m., PT., Sunday, September 23, 2012 exclusively on ABC. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) KATHY BATES, JIMMY FALLON
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: Actress Kathy Bates attends the The 36th Kennedy Center Honors gala at The Kennedy Center on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
GOLETA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Kathy Bates arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 9th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film honoring Jessica Lange held at the Bacara Resort on November 16, 2014 in Goleta, California (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Kathy Bates attends Brunch With Sir Ian McKellan Hosted By British Consulate-General at British Consul General's Residence on November 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for British Consulate-General Los Angeles)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 450 -- Pictured: Actress Kathy Bates during an interview on November 16, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Kathy Bates attends the 'Bad Santa 2' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Kathy Bates attends Christian Siriano's celebration of the launch of his new book 'Dresses To Dream About' in Los Angeles at Chateau Marmont on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Christian Siriano )
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kathy Bates attends the 2018 IDA Documentary Awards on December 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for International Documentary Association)
WEBMD CORPORATE HEADQUARTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2019/01/15: Kathy Bates wearing dress by Armani attends WebMD Health Hero Awards ceremony at WebMD Corporate Headquarter. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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In addition, the Oscar winner said she’s been avoiding temptations such as junk food and soda.

While the On the Basis of Sex star’s methods sound easy enough, she conceded that they didn’t yield results overnight.

“It took a few years,” Bates admitted. “I would say you have to be really patient … I don’t like the word willpower, but I like the word determination.”

The results were well worth it in the end: The ovarian and breast cancer survivor, who underwent a double mastectomy in September 2012, said she’s feeling better than ever.

“I have never been in such good health,” she said. “I just had a physical. I’m doing great … I feel like a completely different person. I can move, I can walk. I just wish I had done it years ago.”

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