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"I prefer to go up four sizes and look good in what I wear instead of fitting into something tight that makes me look like stuffed sausage," says the 42-year-old Cuban model and TV host, who will launch a new line of hair products this month. She doesn't believe in dieting. "I like to eat natural and fresh food. I don't like eating frozen or canned food. "The important thing is to look good and feel sexy, and to have confidence and a strong sense of self."
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He has one of the best six packs this side of the hemisphere. But as a kid Mario López was more than a little chubby. His metamorphosis didn't happen overnight with dieting. Rather he worked hard to slim down with lots of exercise. The Extra! host reveals all his secrets in his book Mario López Knock Out Fitness, which shows fun and engaging ways to lose weight. "If you want to lose weight, you have to sweat every day and eat in moderation. Lots of protein and less carbs, and no tortillas and rice after 6 pm," says the actor, who changes up his exercise routine with boxing, weight lifting, and running.
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Emotional problems and growing up in a tense household resulted in a long battle with anorexia and bulimia. "The smell of food would make me nauseaus, because i was nervous to sit down at the dinner table with my family," says the star. "Sometimes I couldn't help but vomit, and my family told me that if I vomited, I would have to eat it." Her mother (singer Yolandita Monge] and her then moved to Miami, and because Noelia was left alone most of the time, she started eating more, and people started calling her fat. At that point, she started skipping meals. She sought help after a long battle of eating disorders, and today, she eats healthy and is happy with her weight.
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When the Tejano singer gave birth to her first son, Zealand David, it took her six months to regain her figure. "I felt so bad. I didn't even recognize myself," said the 29-year-old artist. "My attitude changed when I realized that I was lucky to be having a child, since many people can't have one," she said. Now, pregnant with her second child, Velásquez is making sure to take better care of herself this time around and eat in moderation while indulging in her favorite foods.
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With that body, it's hard to imagine that just 10 years ago the Venezuelan actor weighed 240 pounds! "I started reading nutrition books. In my case, 70 percent of the weight loss is due to just eating healthier," said the El rostro de Analía (Telemundo) actor, who now weighs 154 pounds.
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Singer Ednita Nazario battled with the ups and downs of dieting for a long time, until she concluded that the most important thing was to feed her soul. "I'm happy with who I am, and I'm focusing my energy on being a good person," said the 53-year-old Puerto Rican. Her days of counting calories are behind her, and now she enjoys a good meal, while balancing it out with exercise. "I'm very active. I do yoga, pilates, stretching, and weights. I also love walking on the beach." Nevertheless, she doesn't deny her curves. "I'm LATINA, my body is LATINO... and I'm pround of that!"
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Her stroll down the red carpet during the 2008 Latin Grammy's left everyone wide-eyed. She hardly looked like she had just given birth less than a year ago. That's because the singer decided to eat healthy and exercise throughout her pregnancy. "I'm a persistent and positive person. I don't like the word 'diet' because I always try to eat what I want, but in moderation. But I do try to avoid things like bread and other carbs," she says. The singer also makes sure to not eat at night, and drink a lot of water. "You don't need to be a size 0 to look good. Curves are attractive!"
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Her obsession to lose weight led her to take pills to trim down in 2003. The result was falling to size 0. "It wasn't good for my health or my heart," said the 33-year-old Dominican journalist. After throwing the pills away, she now wears a size 4, and is happier and more beautiful than ever. "I feel good and my boyfriend is super happy," she says. These days, she drinks lots of water, bikes every day, and avoids carbs to maintain her figure.
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LESLIE ANN MACHADO
As a child, she was always skinny because of her ballet, flamenco and tap classes. But when her dance routine came to an end and she moved to Miami at age 21, Machado gained a lot of weight. "I didn't know how to cook and I ate out a lot," said the 34-year-old Cuban-American journalist. But she proudly accepts her size 6 body and feels more healthy than ever. "I'm tired of trying to be perfect. My goal is to be healthy and grow old," she says. Ya dejé de querer estar perfecta. Mi enfoque es estar sana y llegar a viejita". She eats a lot of vegetables and fish, avoids grease and desserts, and exercises as much as possible.
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Before he appeared on the show ¿Cuánto quieres perder? and lost weight, this Mexican impresario weighed 305 pounds. After leaving the show, he weighed 202. "I'm more sure of myself. I know what I want and who I want to be. It was a physical change and also a life change," explains Mestas. Now he eats all kinds of great things: fruits, vegetables, meat, cereal, and bran.
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After she left the contest Objetivo fama four years ago, she was skinny, but then the Dominican singer put on a few pounds. "I don't like the way I look. I'd like to lose some weight," confessed the music artist who weighs 140 pounds. She already started her diet by eliminating Latin food, carbs, alcohol, and sugary drinks.
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