Liza Loses Big

updated 10/29/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/29/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lost
43 lbs.!

The thinner I stay, the better I feel," Liza Minnelli has said. At a recent New Jersey concert, between belting out standards like "The Theme from New York, New York" and "Cabaret," the singer, 61, confided to the crowd that she had dropped 43 lbs. How? Inspired by Kirstie Alley's example, Minnelli tried the Jenny Craig diet, which relies on preportioned meals. So how does Alley feel about her latest dieting disciple? "I love Liza whether she is skinny, fat or in between," Alley says. "But it sounds like she is happier with herself now, and that makes me ecstatic."

Lily Allen's Hypnotherapy: YOU ARE GETTING... THINNER

Lily Allen has sounded off against pressure to be thin in the past—and even sells her own clothing label aimed at average-size women. But recently the English pop star, 22, has lost weight, in part by having herself hypnotized to adopt healthier habits. "She was eating lots of junk foods and wouldn't go to the gym," says her London-based hypnotherapist Susan Hepburn. "I got her to want to go, so she goes. My treatment isn't a diet; that's why it's so effective."

CHANEL NIXES TOO-THIN MODELS

"I have nothing against skinny girls. But these were terrible. They looked as if they had grown up in a Third World country with no food to eat. I sent them back to the agency. I did not think they should be modeling."
—Chanel designer KARL LAGERFELD, to the Daily Telegraph, on why he kept three models from walking in his Oct. 5 Paris show

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