Ricki Lake, Sans 125 Pounds, Graces Us Weekly Cover

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Kristine Lefebvre is a natural beauty.

But not everyone is that lucky. Take former talk show host, Ricki Lake, for example.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

Once weighing 250 pounds, the rotund celebrity decided to give dieting a chance. Shunning surgery, but dedicating herself to the cause like The Sports Gal ripping contestants on The Bachelor, Lake became a 123-pound, size-4 beauty.

Here's a snippet of the interview Ricki recently gave Us Weekly:

On crash dieting in 1991:
"… I went on this extreme diet. I used to faint because I wasn't eating and I was always exercising."

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Sound at all familiar, Nicole Richie?

On the most exciting thing about her new weight:
"For the longest time, when I was very heavy, I couldn't cross my legs. I couldn't physically do it. LOVE that I can cross my legs now ... Even my shoe size is changing. My Jimmy Choos are too big now."

On what she thinks of super-skinny actresses:

"I think I have no wrinkles because I always had fat on my face. Really skinny girls age so fast."

And with that, Keira Knightley finally at a Big Mac. Thank goodness.

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