Credit: Photo via Facebook Photo: Skinny Lauren Manzo Strikes a Pose With Her Brothers

Caroline Manzo’s daughter Lauren has always been upfront about struggling with her weight, and after losing some 30 pounds (and looking fab we might add!), Lauren is coming clean about how she shed the pounds, and her answer may surprise you.

After years of teasing and feeling badly about herself, Lauren had a lap band placed around her stomach so she could control her portions. She tells Us Weekly, “Getting the lap band was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. When I first got it, I didn’t want to tell anybody. So many fans related to my struggle, I didn’t want to feel like I was letting them down.”

While her family members often came across and unsympathetic to Lauren’s ordeal, she reveals that the blunt statements — especially from mom Caroline — drove her to take control of her body.

“If my mom weren’t so blunt with me, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today," she explains.

"I know she didn’t mean anything negative by it. I don’t get offended, so I don’t see why other people do. She has always told me I am beautiful — my father and my brothers, too.”

Lauren has lost 30 pounds so far, and ultimately hopes to lose 35 more; she has her eyes set on rocking the ultimate beach outfit.

“Hopefully, by the end of the summer, I’ll be in a bikini. I’ve never worn a bikini in my life!”

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Source: US Weekly