Comedian 106 Pounds Weight Loss: Lisa Lampanelli Now 142 Pounds; What Is Gastric-Sleeve Surgery? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 10, 2013 10:55 AM EDT

Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli in 2011, left, and Lisa Lampanelli on her official website in 2013, right. (Photo: Creative Commons, insultcomic.)

Lisa Lampanelli, comedian, shows off her 106 pounds weight loss. Lampanelli received gastric-sleeve surgery in April 2012. Since the procedure, Lampanelli successfully reduced her weight from 248 pounds to a healthy 142 pounds.

"I've lost a total of 106 pounds," said the Celebrity Apprentice star in an interview with In Touch Magazine. "I feel like I've reached the weight I'm supposed to be. I'm officially a skinny b****!"

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The gastric-sleeve surgery procedure removed three-quarters of Lampanelli's stomach, resulting in the comedian's new habit of smaller eating portions. Despite the surgery's success, Lisa Lampanelli must still practice a healthy lifestyle. Lampanelli is not only working out, but she is also tackling her lifelong food addiction.

“I have to figure out my addiction issue and how I even got overweight in the first place.”

"I was such an overeater," Lisa Lampanelli explained. "Now, I get full quickly - at three, four bites, I have to stop. I'm keeping a close watch. I don't want to gain again."

Lisa Lampanelli admitted she practiced a number of different diets but was unable to keep the weight off.

"Crazy diets, good diets - you can't name a diet I didn't do," Lampanelli said. "Finally I said, 'I've tried it all, and there's no shame in taking the next step.' The doctor who ultimately did my procedure explained that obesity risks are much greater than the risks for this surgery."

Gastric-sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure that removes a large portion of the stomach following along its major curve until it is about 25 percent its original size. Not only does the surgery reduce the size of the stomach, but it also reduces the level of Ghrelin, a 28 amino acid hunger-stimulating peptide and hormone.

Gastric-sleeve surgery is performed on patients suffering obesity with a body mass index exceeding 50. In such cases, a gastric bypass may be too risky for the patients so doctors opt to perform gastric-sleeve surgery first. Patients usually lose significant weight following the gastric sleeve surgery alone. However, a gastric bypass procedure is performed if the patient does not lose weight.

For Lisa Lampanelli, the gastric-sleeve surgery was all it took to get her healthy.

"The size I am right now," Lisa tells In Touch," is the size I was always meant to be."

See Lisa Lampanelli talk about her weight loss in an interview with David Letterman:

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