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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Shares the Real Motivation Behind His 35-Pound Weight Loss

Buddy Valastro credits the reason he got started on the Optavia diet — and it's something we can get behind.

By Alesandra Dubin

Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro recently took to Instagram to share the diet plan that works for him, which is called Optavia

"A lot of people have been asking me how I’ve slimmed down lately so I just wanted to share that I’ve used the Optavia program. Im not being paid to say this and it should be noted that I think every body is different and you should do whatever suits you but this is what I’m doing and I’m very happy with the results so far!"

Now, the famous baker is sharing more not just about his results — but about what motivated them.

“I just woke up one morning and looked at myself and was like, ‘Come on, you’ve gotta stop eating,’ ” he told People. “It wasn’t like a health scare or anything like that it really was really just, I wasn’t moving the same and was feeling kind of sluggish.”

He added, "My problem was that I was doing the opposite of what I was supposed to do. I never ate breakfast. I would have a cup of coffee, and by lunch I was starving and scarf down two slices of pizza." 

His brothers in law recommended Optavia, which involves eating six small meals daily — and he lost 35 pounds with 15 more to his goal. Of course, he works around food of the sugary variety — but now says he tastes "just one lick" in order to test flavor, rather than indulging heartily.

Valastro told people that although his body has transformed — and although he makes much of his living as a TV personality — he's not dieting for anyone else but himself.

“I’m not doing it because I’m trying to look good, I’m doing it to feel better. I feel so much better now.; But when you do lose weight, you feel good, you do look better, and you know, your clothes fit," he told People. "I’m not the sensitive type—people could call me fat, they could call me skinny. I don’t really care. I did it for me. Even at my heaviest I was always comfortable with myself.”

Any health-related information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, or before embarking on any diet, exercise, or wellness program.

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