"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes feels better than ever after losing 20 pounds, thanks to a portion-controlled diet and regular workouts.
Leakes, who initially started off wanting to lose 10 pounds, says the weight dropped off easily once she eliminated soda and late-night snacking from her diet.
“I like being a curvy girl," Leakes, 45, told Life & Style. “I’m not trying to starve myself. I love food! I didn’t count calories or carbs. Counting doesn’t get me anywhere. I do portion control when trying to lose weight. Eat less, move more.”
The 5-foot-10 NeNe, who remarried husband Gregg earlier this year, credits yoga and interval-training workouts for her slimmed-down figure. NeNe and Gregg married in 1997 and divorced in 2011, but reconciled last year. The Leakes have a 14-year-old son named Brentt.
NeNe has undergone a dramatic transformation since making her debut on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" in 2008. The reality TV star has been open about her plastic-surgery procedures, admitting she has gotten a nose job, liposuction around her waist and hips, and a breast reduction and lift.
Season six of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" premieres Nov. 3.