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Dolores Catania & Paul Connell Detail Their Weight Loss: "A Lifestyle Not a Fad"

"I feel the best I ever have in my life," The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom shared of her health journey. 

By Cynthia Robinson

Dolores Catania's weight loss journey has her feeling "the best" she's ever felt, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member's boyfriend, Paul "Paulie" Connell, is on his own weight loss journey, too they shared in a new interview. Together, the couple has dropped collectively around 70 pounds. 

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Dolores previously revealed to The Sun in July 2023 that she dropped 20 pounds since starting Mounjaro. (The weight loss medication helps manage blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes and those wanting to lose weight. Dolores switched to the drug after starting with Ozempic, a similar injectable medication.) 

And now, the mom-of-two again recently spoke to The Sun again about her weight loss, revealing she lost more weight in recent months. "I feel great. I feel the best I ever have in my life," Dolores shared with the outlet, noting she was down to 129 pounds after weighing in at 157 at the start of her journey. The RHONJ beauty added that her goal weight was 125 pounds since her doctor recommended she weigh between 120 and 125 pounds due to her 5-foot-3 height.

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"I was a big carb person. I was Doritos, chips, onion dip. Now, it makes me nauseous," Dolores shared about how her eating habits have changed since starting the medication. "I absolutely don't eat that anymore." 

She continued: "Diet is a lifestyle, not a fad. So once you've gotten to that point, which I have now with the help of Mounjaro, I don't eat junk food." 

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In addition to her eating habits, Dolores and her beau, Paul, work out together "three to four times a week," though it isn't exactly her favorite thing. "I hate working out, but it's starting to feel good to me," she shared. 

Paul "Paulie" Connell's "Healthy" Weight Loss and Lifestyle Changes

In addition to working out with Dolores, Paul also started taking Mounjaro in June 2023 after his doctor told him he was "overweight," leading to a 40-pound weight loss. 

"I didn't know 40 pounds was sitting there. It was doing damage," Paul shared with The Sun about going from 230 to 190 pounds. "My visceral fat was through the roof. So now it's like seven, and when I started this, it was like 18. That's the fat around your organs, so it's not really good. But now I know that I'm healthy."

Dolores Catania and Paul Connell posing together in front of a step and repeat.

The Ireland native added: "From a doctor's perspective, my blood, my health, I mean everything [is healthy]. Blood pressure medication came down."

Paul also shared how his eating habits have changed, noting he wasn't eating "16 slices of pizza" a day or "three Boston cream donuts from Dunkin," as Dolores shared.

"I've noticed that I can go longer times without eating now. And when I'm hungry, I eat," he stated.

Dolores Catania's Past Weight Loss Details 

Dolores' recent weight loss via Mounjaro isn't the first time we've documented her health journey and body transformation.

In July 2019, Dolores tried a six-week weight loss program at Elite Health Center in New Jersey. The program involved an HCG diet, which combines injections of the HCG hormone with a limited-calorie plan, and the New Jersey native lost lost eight pounds in one week, later, dropping 18 pounds in 28 days. 

Dolores Catania wearing a blue gown in front of a carnival backdrop.

Moreover, in June 2020, the New Jersey native revealed she went under the knife for a tummy tuck, showing off her results in a bikini photo. "It's a start. I'm turning 50," she shared at the time. 

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