Credit: Getty Images Photo: Lauren Manzo: Before and After

While the end of Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice’s friendship was difficult to watch, The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member we really feel for this season is Caroline Manzo’s daughter, Lauren.

At the beginning of Season 4, we watched Lauren deprive herself of food in a desperate attempt to lose weight, only to grow increasingly frustrated when the pounds didn’t come off.

Earlier this month, Lauren revealed that she kicked the harmful diets in favor of lap band surgery, which actually involves getting a band surgically placed around one’s stomach (effectively shrinking it) in order to lose weight.

The surgery was a huge success, and so far Lauren has lost 30 pounds thanks to the band, and hopes to lose another 35 by changing her diet and exercise habits. 

Not only does Lauren look healthier, but we can totally see a positive change in her demeanor as well. Get it, girl!