updated 05/16/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/17/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
“[My weight loss] is good. I had the vertical gastric sleeve last August, after my heart attack almost a year before that, and I’ve lost almost 50 lbs.,” she told PEOPLE at the Orange Is the New Black premiere in New York on Thursday. “[The surgery] is only a tool. It’s not like a magic pill, but it’s working.”
“They take out two thirds of your stomach – which holds the hunger hormones – and as a result of that you’re not hungry anymore. I’ll go to dinner with my wife, who’s 105 lbs. soaking wet, and we’ll order a petite filet. I’ll have three bites and she’ll finish it,” she said.
O’Donnell’s new eating habits are a far cry from the way she used to consume food.