Lauren Manzo is getting candid about her weight reduction journey. The daughter of Actual Housewives of New Jersey alum Caroline Manzo is down 80 kilos — and credit the burden loss drug Mounjaro for serving to her shed the final 30.
“I went gluten [and] dairy free over a yr in the past. I had the Lap-Band, I received it eliminated once more. I received as much as 208 kilos,” Lauren, 35, defined at Web page Six’s “Digital Reali-Tea” podcast taping The Loft in New York Metropolis on Thursday, Might 18.
Caroline chimed in to notice that her daughter was “understanding like an animal [and] consuming proper” however “she simply couldn’t shed pounds.”
“So I went and I noticed a practical medication physician. They informed me that you must be gluten, dairy, soy free. I couldn’t have cucumbers, eggs, potatoes, something like that for months. And I’ve been gluten and dairy free for over a yr now. I misplaced 50 kilos. I couldn’t lose any extra,” Lauren continued. “And my pharmacist was like, ‘Nicely, I heard Mounjaro works,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ll do something.’ … Since February I misplaced 30 kilos from Mounjaro. And I get it — individuals don’t prefer it, individuals don’t applaud it, individuals aren’t no matter, nevertheless it’s a shot in your abdomen as soon as per week, it’s the identical as Ozempic. And actually, I actually do imagine that weight problems and issues like that — they’re a significant difficulty with individuals — it’s inflicting psychological well being points for me. You guys have seen the battle with this since I’m 20 years outdated, and it’s been actually onerous for me.”
Bravo viewers adopted the Manzo household on the primary 5 seasons of RHONJ, which premiered in 2009. Caroline, husband Albert Manzo, Lauren and the couple’s sons, Albie and Chris, starred on spinoff sequence Manzo’d with Kids from 2014 to 2016.
“I perceive that folks which can be prediabetic or which can be diabetic do want this, however I additionally do imagine that [the Ozempic trend has] helped individuals [with food issues too],” Lauren stated on Thursday. “I imply, I’m not gonna lie, I really feel like there have been instances that I’ve been getting ready to an consuming dysfunction or had points myself. And that is the one factor — even above weight reduction surgical procedure — that has helped me quite a bit and cured me and mentally made me so a lot better. And I’m actually grateful for it.”
Lauren added that it’s “unhappy” for people who find themselves “already skinny” to be turning to the drug for weight reduction, including that she had been hospitalized for nervousness and melancholy previously and suffers from hypertension.
“She had the Lap-Band — we needed to have an emergency surgical procedure as a result of her abdomen was all twisted,” Caroline recalled. “Then she goes and will get the sleeve, which I used to be so in opposition to as a result of she’s received half a abdomen now. And I’m like, ‘Don’t do the surgical procedure.’ … Begged her to not do surgical procedure. [Said], ‘There’s one thing hormonal happening. One thing’s improper together with your physique.’ … I’ve by no means seen anyone work so onerous to attempt to be wholesome than this child.”
Whereas a number of Jersey Housewives have spoken about Ozempic — Dolores Catania can also be on Mounjaro and Margaret Josephs dropped 22 kilos on weekly injections of a GLP-1 agonist — Caroline credited “strolling” for the way she achieved her thinner body.
“There’s lot of lids for lots of jars. Simply go and be you,” she famous on her YouTube sequence, Meals, Love and Chaos With Caroline Manzo, final month. “I’m afraid of [injectables like Botox]. For one second I don’t imagine that any of that’s good for you. Once you’re injecting it in your face, it’s simply craziness.”