'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Lauren Manzo: I Can Finally Wear a Bikini (EXCLUSIVE)

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What better time of year to get suddenly slim than summertime?

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Lauren Manzo, who lost 30 pounds from the 185-pound frame she sported before undergoing lap band surgery, spoke exclusively to Celebuzz about how she has gained confidence because of her new bod.

She even plans to show some skin in a bikini this summer.

"I feel a little bit more comfortable now," the daughter of NJ housewife Caroline Manzo dished to Celebuzz.

"Prior to surgery, I'd never worn a two-piece in my life -- I have now been wearing them, but I still keep my cover-up on."

What part of Lauren's body is still leaving her uneasy about revealing all?

"I still have a lot of my insecurities about bathing suits is my boobs. I am still waiting for those to shrink and if they don't, I may need a reduction," she joked.

The 25-year old reality starlet still wants to lose 30 to 35 more pounds but will continue to do it the healthy way -- by sticking to "protein and vegetables" and eating "no salt, no sugar, no carbs and no fat," she said.

She also plans to continue hitting the gym every morning from 6:30 to 8: 30 a.m.

Manzo said she's feeling good about herself but is constantly nervous about possible surgery complications.

"I feel a lot better about myself, but it's still scary," she said.

"It used to be, if I had a stomachache, it was just a stomachache. But now if I have a stomachache, I have to think 'What's wrong?' Now I need to make sure it is nothing to do with the band. The surgery is always on my mind."

Despite her concerns, Manzo assured Celebuzz she has no regrets about her life changing decision. "This was the best decision for me at this time."

To see more of Lauren's slimmed down figure, click the gallery above -- and tune into the Real Housewives of New Jersey every Sunday at 10 p.m. on Bravo.



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  • Suzanne Fox
    Suzanne Fox

    I love the way you have beat this monster that has damaged your youth. I also suffered and had the surgery and now wish after losing 165 lbs to come up with a new look. It is very hard to do well because of several things that happen from having the surgery. From a girlfriend in my dreams listen to my advise. 1. eat extra protein for your hair.((hair becomes thin and breaks a lot) 2. check your blood and iron in your blood (I had a heart attack because I was not told this) 3. get B12 shot as often as possible because you become very tired and don't even know it. 4. Which your teeth and see the dentist every 3 or 4 months (because many of my teeth have become loose and caps have fallen out because of it.) 5.BOTTOM LINE IF IT CAME DOWN TO DOING IT AGAIN I WOULD BE THE FIRST IN LINE AT THE DOCTORS. IT GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK AND I WAS ABLE TO GROW UP WITH MY 3 CHILDREN. Stay strong pretty lady I would love to travel to North Jersey to see your store and buy some goodies. Suzanne Fox Marlton NJ

  • carlsxey

    wow... nice Photos clips...

  • Rose Scuorzo
    Rose Scuorzo

    Lauren, you look beautiful,but I always thought you were beautiful. So happy now that you feel great now. Rose N.J.


    LAUREN U LOOK NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vanessa

    Lauren, You were beautiful before as well. You were never fat. There is too much emphasis on you wanting/needing to lose weight in season 4. You are a lovely lady, and you don't need to be thin to make your mom happy.

  • Nancy

    Does everyone in New Jersey have the same speech impediment, in that they don't pronounce consonants at the end of words, or is it just these Housewife people? Is it so difficult to put a 't' at the end of a word like what, or but, or do they actually learn in elementary school there not to say it?!?

  • Carol Black
    Carol Black

    My dad can afford to buy my whiny fat a-- lap band surgery! People with real problems cannot get to excited about Lauren and her two piece. This whole family is a bunch of disagreeable whiny, spoiled people. This is to include her "good-looking" brother Albie and we should ask who would not look good standing next to Lauren and Chris? Go away you are NOT a star of anything.

  • lyly

    . I've always wondered why people criticize everyting and everybody. I realize this is pure jealousy, it is like that and nobody has to look like a bone to wear a bikini, each one put that he wants.

  • Hannah Ann Smith
    Hannah Ann Smith

    WHO CARES LAUREN????!!!!!

  • Debbie

    ugh !! I am half the size of Lauren and I won't put on a bikini. She is big bone and a bikini will never look good on her. My son is 23 and I showed her picture to him and he cracked me up- he said - Damn she's ugly

  • Sooper Trooper
    Sooper Trooper

    not too be mean.. but she is NOT ready for a bikini yet. I'm way smaller than her, and I STILL don't wear a bikini because my body isn't in a space where its appropriate (in my opinion). Sure, I have DD boobs, and wear a size 5 jeans.. but I'm not toned, and have a bit of love handles. MODESTY people. Learn it.

  • OhNO

    No ma'am!!! Do NOT do it!! You are not ready for a bikini just yet. Keep going and maybe you will in a few months or next summer.