Lauren Manzo opened up about her weight struggles in a recent post on Instagram, sharing that after removing her lap band in 2020, she’s lost a whopping 50 pounds.
Along with a couple of before and after photos, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member explained her weight loss journey to her fans and followers before explaining her decision to have the band removed and admitting to using a drug made to treat diabetics.
“Idk why this is so hard for me to post but…. I got my lap band removed a few months before the 1st photo,” Lauren began in her February 26 post, which included pics from her daughter Markie‘s birthdays in 2020 and 2023.
“It’s no secret I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Not long after that photo to the left I decided I needed to get healthy not just physically but mentally as well,” she continued. “I started to go to therapy, working out, started to see a functional medicine doctor (thanks to you guys for recommending functional medicine instead of a gut health dr) found out what was going on to my body and naturally healed everything from the root of the problem instead of masking it with prescription medication for IBS like many doctors tried doing.”
According to Lauren, she’s been following a gluten-free and dairy-free diet for over a year — even though she never would’ve thought she could have given those two things up.
“It has changed my life majorly,” she explained. “I still have a long road ahead and want to lose more weight/get into better shape but I’m proud of how far I’ve come since that first photo in 2020. One thing I can say for sure is having supportive family & friends who also love food but always make sure to cook gluten [and] dairy free when I’m over or always do little things like have gluten free crackers for me in their pantry has been key in helping me get to where I am.”
In the comments section of her post, Lauren shared more about her weight loss as she took questions from fans.
“Wow. Amazing.. what made you remove your lap band?” one person asked.
“It slipped which is super dangerous,” Lauren revealed.
Another person accused Lauren of using Ozempic.
“It’s called Ozempic people… that’s the ‘functional medicine’ doctor… wake up,” they wrote.
And in response, Lauren admitted to taking Mounjaro.
“lol I have been on this journey for [three] years and lost 50 [pounds]. Started Mounjaro [one] months ago and have lost less than [eight pounds] so far,” she shared. “So no… it’s not from Ozempic. But yes… I have jumped on the Mounjaro train but that stubborn [eight pounds] doesn’t take away from the 50 that I lost on my own.”
According to Drugs.com, Mounjaro is “a once-weekly injection that is FDA approved to be used to decrease blood sugar (blood glucose) in adults who have type 2 diabetes.”
In another message, Lauren responded to someone who praised her as “beautiful” and begged her not to “do anything” to her face.
“I promise I won’t…just my lips…maybe some Botox…thank God for [Ali] for saving me from Botox so far,” Lauren wrote.
Following the sharing of her before and after photos, Lauren received support from her mother, RHONJ alum Caroline Manzo, who reacted with a series of red heart emojis, a clapping emoji, and a hands-raised emoji.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.