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

/ June 20, 2012

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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.