Dolly Parton Workout Routine & Diet Plan

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Published by Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer
Last updated: May 13, 2024
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Everyone who knows this music and film star loves her energy, sense of humor, and down-to-earth nature.

Lots of Dolly Parton fans wonder how she keeps her perfect hourglass body shape, which any girl could envy, even in her seventies.

If you’re one of them, this article reveals Dolly’s fitness routine, low-carb diet, and other details we’ve found out after doing in-depth research and reading hundreds of her interviews.

Dolly Parton Career Highlights and Stats

Dolly Parton's career highlights include her breakthrough with "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You," founding Dollywood theme park, winning eight Grammy Awards, and achieving global success in country music.

Her philanthropy work, including funding COVID-19 vaccine research, further showcases her multifaceted impact and enduring influence.

Before delving into her workouts, let's first examine her stats:

  • Age: 77
  • Height: 5 feet (152 cm)
  • Weight: 52 kg (115 pounds)
  • Chest: 41 inches (104 cm)
  • Waist: 25 inches (64 cm)


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Dolly Parton's Workout Routine

Dolly Parton doesn’t follow any specific workout regimen because she isn’t a fan of formal exercise but rather spends time writing and thinking.

She starts and finishes each day with meditation and prayer as her own rejoicing exercises, going to bed early so that she can wake up at 3 a.m. and get to work.

Here’s what Dolly Parton says about her unique morning routine that lets her creative juices flowing:

“I do more work between 3 and 7 than most people do all day because it’s quiet and the energy’s all low, except mine.”

Her Workout Principles

Despite avoiding formal weight training, group fitness classes, and not spending time on a treadmill in commercial gyms, it doesn't mean she leads a sedentary lifestyle.

Far from it, Dolly engages her body and mind daily. Whether it's through frequent movement during rehearsals or performances on stage over the last fifty years, she remains active enough to stay slim.

Her secret lies in living a healthy and happy life. To Dolly, age is just a number, and it's all about maintaining a positive attitude as you age.

Dolly Parton Nutrition and Diet

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Although the “Jolene” singer was believed to have made the cabbage soup diet insanely famous in the 1980s (and she probably tried it), she hates diets.

“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets. [...] I always was a junk food person, still am.”

- Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton maintains her slim figure by following a low-carb diet with moderate protein and fat intake, allowing her to enjoy satisfying meals until full.

On cheat days, she indulges in hometown favorites, relishing the unique flavors of dishes like popcorn bread, biscuits, sausage gravy, clams casino, fried chicken, French fries, cream cheese, and processed egg salad.

Foods she typically has on the menu include small portions of:

  • Leafy greens such as homemade egg salad
  • Low-carb vegetables
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, etc.)

She avoids:

  • High-carb foods
  • Sugar
  • Grains
  • Additives
  • Processed and fast food (except on cheat day)

Her Diet Principles

Dolly Parton maintains her slim figure by practicing moderation in her diet. She shares some weight loss tips and insights, emphasizing the importance of enjoying food in small portions.

Whether it's homemade egg salad or cream cheese, Dolly suggests savoring the flavors without necessarily consuming large quantities.

She highlights the pleasure and satisfaction derived from tasting and chewing, even if one doesn't swallow every bite.

Dolly Parton Supplements

Although this country star doesn’t talk much about the supplements she takes, she’s using what people of her age usually do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes taking:

  • Multivitamins that incorporate Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and Calcium.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids to support bone strength, balance blood glucose levels, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.
  • Probiotics to enhance digestive and overall health.

After years of consistently taking multivitamins, I've discovered that they enhance my concentration and provide the energy needed to endure longer workouts at the gym.


Healthy foods and vegetables

What Is Dolly Parton’s Favorite Food?

Dolly Parton's favorite foods include mashed and baked potatoes. She also loves banana pudding, chicken and dumplings, and roast pork. She adores fried okra, walnut pie, turnip greens, cornbread, Vienna sausage, and Tabasco sauce.

What is Dolly Parton’s diet?

The Cabbage-Soup Diet, also known as TWA Stewardess Diet, is believed to be Parton’s Diet. Although it was named after her, Dolly said in an interview for People magazine it had nothing to do with her.

How Does the Cabbage Soup Diet Help With Weight Loss?

The Cabbage Soup Diet facilitates weight loss through a week-long regimen of unlimited vegetable soup, water consumption, and multivitamin supplements. With minimal food and calorie intake, coupled with increased fiber, it may lead to frequent bathroom visits, claiming to result in a 10 to 15 pounds weight loss.

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About The Author

Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer
Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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