Comedian Lisa Lampanelli has maintained her incredible 106-pound weight loss a year and a half after undergoing gastric-sleeve surgery, judging by a recent selfie.
In the photo, Lampanelli sports a skinny black cocktail dress and a huge smile. The perky blonde comedian, who once tipped the scales at 248 pounds, now weighs a sleek 142 pounds.
In an exclusive interview with me last month, Lampanelli discussed her lifelong food addiction and what inspired her to get gastric-sleeve weight-loss surgery in April 2012.
Lisa, who has struggled with weight for most of her adult life, said emotional overeating led her to gain over 100 pounds since age 18.
She decided to get bariatric surgery after trying every trendy diet that promised long-term weight loss. "From ages 18 to 50, I tried every single diet that came out," she told me.
Lampanelli was amazed after losing 100 pounds in nine months following her weight-loss surgery. She was so pleased with her results that her husband, Jimmy Cannizzaro, got the procedure two months after she did. Cannizzaro has lost 98 pounds since the bariatric surgery, and feels like a new man.
Lisa doesn't follow a special diet or workout routine, but maintains her weight loss through portion control and an active lifestyle.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently remarked that he's no longer obsessed with food after getting lap-band surgery in February 2013. But Lampanelli said this isn't the case for her, because her overeating stems from emotional issues and is not driven solely by physical hunger. As a result, she's vigilant to keep her emotional binges in check.
"It's important to never stop doing the emotional work to keep the weight off," she said. "Food addicts use food as medication. For me, the emotional pull of food will always be there."