told Us Weekly earlier this month. "Just knowing when to push my plate away."has dropped 60 pounds, and the secret to her weight-loss success is simple. "Mindfulness," the actress
Theactress spoke to the magazine while attending WebMD's Health Heroes event in New York City. The 70-year-old revealed that her niece tipped her off to the .
"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," Bates told Us Weekly. "The trick is to pay attention to that and push your plate away."
Bates admits that thisdoes not work overnight. "It took a few years," she said. The star also avoided junk food and soda, she told the magazine.
"I would say you have to be really patient … I don't like the word willpower, but I like the word determination," she said.
The Oscar winner has battled both ovarian cancer and breast cancer. She also opened up toin 2016 about dealing with lymphedema, a complication resulting from her cancer treatment.
Now, Bates said she has never been in such good health. "I just had a physical. I'm doing great," she said, "I feel like a completely different person. I can move, I can walk. I just wish I had done it years ago."