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Cheryl Burke 15 pounds: ‘DWTS’ star reveals unique secret to losing weight

Cheryl Burke 15 pounds: ‘DWTS’ star reveals unique secret to losing weight
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Cheryl Burke dropped 15 pounds and went from 135 pounds to 120 pounds. “My waist is cinched and I can see an outline of my abs!” says the “Dancing With the Stars” star. Of course, in order to lose the 15 pounds, Cheryl Burke did what most dieticians recommend – combine a healthy diet with exercise. As reported by on May 26, that is exactly what the dancer did, but she added one more important ingredient to successfully losing weight -- a friend.

Most diet programs advocate that eating differently or less is not sufficient in order to lose weight. The key to a successful weight-loss program lies in combining a diet with exercise. Unfortunately, many who have tried to lose weight by changing their diet and exercising more, have found out that with today’s busy lifestyles, it doesn’t seem to work.

For Burke, the secret to being able to lose 15 pounds and to achieve her goal was that she did the hardest part, exercising, with a friend. But is being a dancer on “Dancing With the Stars” not enough exercise? Why would she need a friend?

Of course, dancing burns up calories and trains certain muscles. In an interview with People, Burke said that during any “DWTS” season, she generally losses five to seven pounds by training for and participating in the ballroom dance competition. “It's because of our strenuous rehearsals and long hours, which is not relatable to anybody because you're working out 8 to 10 hours a day.”

Last fall, at the beginning of season 17 with the ABC show, Burke was partnered with Jack Osbourne and weighed about 135 pounds. By this spring, the dancing star weighed 120 pounds and was featured in People’s “Most Talked About Bodies” special issue.

Posing in a bikini, Burke was proud of herself. According to HealthyCeleb, Burke is “5 ft 4 in or 163 cm” tall and weighs usually 128 pounds (58 kg).

Despite the fact that many consider 135 pounds a healthy weight for a woman of that height, what matters to a woman is not what the scale says, but how she feels about herself and her body.

Being able to lose 15 pounds made Cheryl Burke proud of herself. Last December, in between dancing seasons, she went to Hawaii with her family, worked out, and ate a “smart” diet that matched her needs. "I wanted to eat what I wanted but I made sure that portion control was basically half of what I normally would eat." In regard to sticking to an exercise program outside of “Dancing With the Stars,” Burke says that doing it with a friend makes all the difference. For Burke, that friend was Leah Remini, the contestant that she had befriended last season. "We really bonded," Burke said. "She lives down the street from me so we're able to get up in the morning and work out together. When you have a buddy to work out with, you don't want to flake on that person."

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