June 13, 2012 3:00 pm USWeekly…
In a new interview, Lauren Manzo describes why she chose to have the procedure after previously rejecting the idea of following her father (Al, who had a lap band fitted in 2008) in having the surgery.
‘It’s hard seeing yourself on TV. The camera doesn’t add ten pounds, it adds 800 pounds! I had people writing me on Twitter that I’m fat, ugly, gross.’
Though the hit Bravo series has long charted her consultations with dieticians, her fad regimes and her disappointment at her inability to lose weight, it was not until last summer that Lauren really hit her lowest point.
‘I hated myself,’ she admitted. ‘I got up to 185lbs. I couldn’t look in the mirror. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be in a bikini. I’ve never worn a bikini in my life!’
She found herself becoming emotional for the smallest reason, adding: ‘Something wasn’t right with me. I was depressed.’ She explains that she had initially rejected the idea of surgery because she is ‘scared to death of doctors’, but this time she knew she needed to take some serious action.
Now that she has gone through with the procedure and seen some positive results, Lauren describes the lap band as the best thing she’s ever done in her life. But it is no quick fix. Due to the restricted size of her stomach, Lauren must stick to a severely restricted diet, or she will vomit, and frequently suffers painful gastritis (stomach inflammation) and heartburn.
It has, however, served to instill some positive habits, that she has, so far, been able to maintain.Lauren in the latest issue of US Weekly…
Lauren only eats protein and vegetables, having cut out sugar, carbs and fat. If she drinks, she shuns sugar-loaded wine for vodka, and works out six days a week thanks to the help of a personal trainer.
Now she is so confident that she can lose weight on her own, she has had the lap band loosened, so that it restricts the size of her stomach a little less.
Though she knows that her boyfriend of three years, Vito Scalia, 26, would continue to adore her at any size, Lauren says he is delighted by her new-found confidence.
So too, is her famously blunt mother, Caroline, who once told her daughter that she looked like ‘eight pounds of sausage in a five-pound bag’.
But, like most women, one of the most satisfying moments for Lauren was when she realised she could fit into a smaller dress size. ‘I bought leather shorts at Betsey Johnson the other day,’ she revealed. ‘A size 10 was too big. The next size they had was a 6, so I was like, “Forget it, they’re not gonna fit me.” But they fit!’
Now, she says, her goal is to feel slim enough to wear a bikini. ‘Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be in a bikini. I’ve never worn a bikini in my life!’