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- April 09, 2012
- Vol. 77
- No. 15
Carnie Wilson's Weight Struggle: 'I Feel Hopeful Again!'
Twelve Years After a Gastric Bypass, the Singer's Waistline Ballooned. Now, After a Second Stomach Surgery, She's Already 32 Lbs. Lighter
So she made a drastic decision: to go under the knife again-this time with lap-band surgery-telling her daughters it was so "Mommy could be healthy." During the Jan. 18 procedure, a silicone ring was placed around a section of her stomach, which, over the years, had begun to process food too quickly (see box). "I wasn't scared about the procedure," says Wilson, whose doctor had told her she was prediabetic. "I was scared about what could happen if I didn't do anything about my weight."
For Wilson, it was an unpleasant sense of deja vu. "After the pregnancies, I lost my focus," she says. "I reverted back to old habits." Those included a weakness for cheese and "mindless eating," she adds. "I'd snack on my kids' food, a scone, half a doughnut, cookies. One day I counted what I'd eaten-it added up to 2,300 calories!"
She also had given up her workouts with a trainer. "After having kids, you focus on being a good mom, and you forget about taking care of yourself," she says. "I lost myself a little."
Since the surgery, she eats five small meals (each containing one cup total of protein and veggies) a day. With the band in place, she feels full faster-and has already dropped 32 lbs. and given away some of her old clothes. "I was a size 20, and now I'm a size 14," says Wilson, who held on to jeans ranging from size 6 to 20 to accommodate her fluctuating figure over the years. "It feels fantastic!"
As Wilson revels in her shrinking waistline, she's determined not to repeat old mistakes. She's overhauled her home, keeping cupboards cookie-free and moving her treadmill into the family room, where she works out at least three times a week.
Along with Dr. Billy's staff of nurses, who keep her accountable with food diaries and weekly weigh-ins, her family cheers her on. "I'll show Lola my belly, and she'll scream, 'Wow, Mama, it looks more flat!'" she says. "My children keep me inspired. I want to be there for them as they grow up."
But Wilson-who teamed up again with Wilson Phillips on a new album, Dedicated, and a TV Guide Network show, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, both debuting this month-knows firsthand there are no guarantees. "Ultimately, it's up to me," she says. "This time I'm not looking at this as, 'I have to lose weight fast!' I'm not a fortune teller; I can't say this is forever for sure. But I'm very, very hopeful."
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