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Lauren Manzo has never worn a bikini.

But, having dropped 30 pounds in the last 10 months, the recurring player on The Real Housewives of New Jersey tells Us Weekly this is her new life goal. How did the reality star accomplish the feat?

She underwent lap band surgery in September - "I hated myself... I was depressed," Manzo says - to get rid of the initial 20, had the band loosened in May, went on a strict diet, worked out six days per week ... and then dropped 10 more.

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Lauren Manzo before and Lauren Manzo after surgery.

"Getting the lap band was the best thing I've done in my life," says Lauren, who adds she feels "amazing" these days, but also warns of the procedure: "It's not a miracle button that lets you eat whatever you want."

The Bravo star hopes to lose 35 more pounds and credits her strong willpower, along with new skills in the kitchen, for helping her keep the weight off.

"I like food. I can't drink liquid egg whites for the rest of my life. So I've learned a lot of great ways to cook now."

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Jessica Simpson has her work cut out for her if she's serious about dropping the pounds gained during her pregnancy with daughter Maxwell.

We're not being critical of Jess - it's not her fault the huge baby (9 lbs., 13 oz.) caused her to put on an estimated 75 pounds - it's just true.

On Tuesday, the 31-year-old was once again spotted hitting a gym in Los Angeles, giving us our first glimpse since she gave birth in May:

Jessica Simpson Butt

Heading into an SUV, Simpson (who's engaged to Maxwell's dad Eric Johnson) wore black leggings, tracksuit hoodie and cross-trainers.

The singer and fashion mogul was first spotted hitting the private gym of celeb trainer Harley Pastermak last week, with a lot at stake.

At the time of Elle's Jessica Simpson nude cover shoot, the 5-foot-3 star said she weighed 175 pounds. Her goal? Get close to 100.

Her motivation: A $4 million deal with Weight Watchers.

"She hasn't even thought about working out for a year!" a source told Us. "But if she wants this, she'll need to work out a good five days a week."

For four million bucks, she might even make it six.

[Photo: Pacific Coast News]

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Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons was cut by the Dominican Republic national team because he's out of shape, head coach John Calipari said.

This is, needless to say, a rarity for an NBA player.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and this was a decision taken collectively ... the only problem was his weight."

Charlie Villanueva Cut

Villanueva was thus cut by the national team, which reportedly was not pleased with his conditioning months ago, despite an active role in recent years.

An ankle injury slowed his progress and any hopes of getting much playing time for the Pistons this season, but his release still comes as a surprise.

Villanueva fired back at Calipari by tweeting the above photo of his scale, which reads 243.5 pounds, or 11.5 under his "playing weight" of 255.

He also conspicuously holds his college championship ring from the University of Connecticut in 2004, in an apparent bid to ... prove something.

Since that was eight years ago, in college, and Calipari won his year's NCAA title with the Wildcats anyway, we're not sure what. But something.

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A 33-pound orange cat named Sponge Bob lives in a palatial space typically reserved for litters of puppies at an animal shelter in New York City.

He can't fit anywhere else, after all.

The nine-year-old male cat was given up recently when his elderly owner had to be moved to a nursing home, and has baffled his caretakers.

33-Pound Cat

"We don't how how he became so big," says Animal Haven associate director Kendra Mara. "We can guess that his owner, because he was ill, was feeding him dry food on a regular basis, maybe just leaving it out, so he was able to eat whenever he wanted."

Now available for adoption, Sponge Bob will not be challenging Meow the 39-pound cat's record. Now on a diet, Bob is down three pounds in two months!

Due to his extreme size, Sponge Bob can't groom himself, so he gets brushed by hand. The staff tries to get him moving with daily exercise.

Sponge Bob has already started to run ... for a (small) treat.

"I am exceptionally sweet and LOVE kids!" reads his adoption page. "Besides eating and sleeping, my favorite activities are being brushed, sun bathing and people-watching."

And sitting around the house ... sort of literally.

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Life ain't shabby for Kelly Clarkson these days. She's starring on a new reality show, she's dating a guy named Brandon Blackstock and she's shed 30 pounds in the last six months.

How did she accomplish the latter feat?

"I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don’t like free weights because I build muscle easily," Clarkson says in the latest issue of Redbook. "Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny."

Kelly Clarkson Redbook Cover

Among other topics touched on by Kelly in the interview:

Why is she appearing on Duets? I’m going to be completely honest: I had no one looking out for me [on American Idol]. They were looking out for the show, and it was horrible. I was 19 years old. I was smart enough to know that it wasn’t about me, but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m all cried out about it, but my first four years, I hated my life; I almost quit a dozen times.

On actually being happy: I know, where’s the kick in the ass? I told my assistant that today. I said, “I’m just waiting for something to blow up.” She said, “No, that’s what happiness is.” I’m like, maybe I’ve never been happy! Because Brandon does, he makes me happy.

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Much is being made about Kelly Clarkson‘s newer, thinner figure.

Now the singer herself is opening about it in the new Us Weekly.

Kelly dropped an impressive 30 pounds by working out five days per week and adopting a portion-controlled diet ... funny how that seems to work.

Check out her new body, and take that, Quicktrim.

Kelly Clarkson Weight Loss

Clarkson dropped the excess weight over the course of the past six months, with a source saying she “feels better about herself than she ever has.”

The singer, who remains 10 pounds shy of her goal weight, says that her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock helped inspire her to get back into shape.

“Brandon is the first guy ever who tells her how beautiful and sexy she is. She wants to look good for him,” a source told the celeb news publication.

Whatever her motivation, she looks outstanding.

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Jessica Simpson is living the American dream: Getting paid to be fat.

Of course, as the newest spokesperson for Weight Watchers, she's expected to actually lose that fat. If she puts on more pounds and has to be removed from her home by a crane, she won't get paid. But still, she got fat and is getting paid.

Four million dollars, no less.

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Jessica made the announcement of the worst-kept-secret deal on Twitter, writing, "So excited to be a part of the @WeightWatchers family!'

So how much does Jessica Simpson weigh? We don't know the exact number, but supposedly 65-75 pounds more than she did before pregnancy.

Wow. Weight Watchers must be waiting for a big reveal, because Jessica hasn't been photographed in public since she gave birth on May 1.

She did debut the first photos of Maxwell Drew yesterday, however.

WW said: "We’re thrilled that Jessica Simpson has joined Weight Watchers to adopt a healthier lifestyle and inspire others to do the same."

Best way to inspire others? Pay a few million dollars.

[Photo: Pacific Coast News]

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Beyonce is back on stage and back in shape.

Not even five months after giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy, she performed live over the weekend, showing off a slender figure that belied her recent pregnancy.

The megastar revealed her weight loss secrets to a capacity, awe-inspired crowd at her Atlantic City concert, with Michelle Obama and daughters in attendance.

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At a red carpet appearance earlier this spring, Bey had already slimmed down.

During the second of her four concerts at the Revel Beach Ovation Hall in New Jersey, the 30-year-old star said, “Y’all have no idea how hard I worked."

“I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!”

It certainly paid off for Bey who had looked sensational in all her custom-made Ralph and Russo costumes, particularly a midriff-baring two-piece.

But she added: “Now tonight I'm gonna get chocolate wasted!”

[Photo: WENN.com]

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The Lohan siblings are just not getting it done.

Lindsay's problems have been exhaustively documented. Now her little sis Ali, who signed a contract with Next Model management last year, is looking skinnier than ever, with experts estimating she weighs less than 100 lbs.

There are rumors she's on a "starvation diet."

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In recent pictures, the youngster's breastbones are prominently sticking out, and her shoulder blades are even protruding from her back.

Her cheeks have become sunken and there are dark circles underneath her eyes. Seriously, our gallery of Ali Lohan pictures is kind of sad.

Friends close to Lohan are starting to get worried about the drastic weight loss, and about Ali’s health, considering her tender age of 18.

“She just keeps getting smaller and smaller,” one friend told Fox411. “At what point will her parents tell her that enough is enough?”

Um, have you met Dina and MiLo?

“She isn’t doing it because it is a psychological issue. She is doing it because she wants to be a model,” her father, Michael Lohan, said.

“If I thought it was an issue, I would definitely say something. Ali and Lindsay live together ... Lindsay would say something to her if she thought something was wrong.”

There's your answer.

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Not that she wasn't prety to begin with, but Kelly Clarkson is looking great these days, showing off a slim, toned physique at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

The original American Idol took the stage with a sexier look than we're used to seeing, making her performance of "Dark Side" even more memorable.

Kelly also has a new reality show coming out, Duets, and a recent tour that may have contributed to her weight loss. Whatever it is, bravo, girl!

Take a look at her performance below and see for yourself:

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