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Anyone who’s been tuning in to this season of Dancing With the Stars can see that the pounds are literally melting off Ricki Lake’s body on the dance floor. The actress/former talk show host revealed that she has shed an impressive 20 pounds and 8.5 inches thanks to her fancy footwork on the ballroom floor–three inches off her waist and hips and over an inch off her thighs and arms. “It’s crazy,” she says of the weight loss.  Ricki–who at one point tipped the scales at 270 pounds–is currently engaged to her boyfriend of 13 months, and is even waiting to try out bridal dresses until her transformation is complete. “I’m definitely a size six now,” she recently shared. “I’ll probably be a size four by the end of it. It’s come to the point where it doesn’t matter. I no longer wear Spanx.”

So thanks to six weeks of competitive dancing (plus a few weeks of pre-premiere rehearsals), Ricki is rocking a trimmer body than we’ve ever seen before. Five hours of rehearsal with pro partner Derek Hough each day, plus eating balanced meals at home have contributed to her healthier physique. Ricki says her diet leading to her weight loss is “really that simple” and includes oatmeal or an egg white veggie omelette for breakfast, gazpacho and chicken breast for lunch and turkey meatloaf, salad and a “bit of mashed potatoes” for dinner along with an occasional glass of wine or low-fat cookies for dessert. She gushed to People Mag, “I have two sizes of Lucky Brand jeans: 8 and 6. Usually I wear the 8 because they are more comfortable but now even the 6 is too big. They used to be tight.” Here, she hits the red carpet with her fab new bod in a pair of sleek Ray Ban aviators.   –rpuccia

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