Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Photo: Snooki Spinning in NYC on July 18, 2013

After dropping some major pounds since her Jersey Shore days, Snooki has had her fair share of haters and supporters. But this pint-sized powerhouse is defending her love of working out, saying that she’s just the right size for someone of her stature.

“People are jerks,” she told In Touch. “I don’t look emaciated — I look healthy!”

But just how much weight has the guidette lost since her days of GTL on the hit MTV show? Snooks has dropped a total of 50 pounds — nearly a third of her body weight — and now weighs in at 96 pounds instead of 146.

The reality star is definitely in love with her new body, and says that the haters aren’t realizing that she’s smaller (height-wise) than your average celeb. “My arms still jiggle when I wave,” she said. “I’m 4-foot-9, which is the size of a third-grader, so weighing 96 pounds is normal for me.”

And don’t expect Snooki to give up on the gym anytime soon — especially now that she’s paired up with Sasha Farber on Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars! “People ask me why I’m still working out — I’ll gain the weight back if I don’t,” she defended. Well, that and she had to get in tip-top shape for the rigorous competition ahead of her.

What do you think about Snooki’s new body? Do you think she’s too small or is she just a healthy, strong woman? Hit the comments and let us know!

Source: In Touch