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Nene Leakes

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Inspired to eat cleaner by husband Gregg Leakes, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes has changed her diet and managed to shed some pounds.

“I really want to lose 20 pounds,” she told HollywoodLife. “I’m very tall. I’m almost 5’11 and I can carry my weight a lot different than somebody who’s shorter than me, so me losing 12 pounds makes me feel like I’ve lost like, 5.”

And while the 51-year-old reality star doesn’t think it looks like she’s shed much, it’s clear in photos that NeNe is looking quite lean:

Nene told the publication that after Gregg was able to beat Stage III colon cancer, they decided to stop consuming certain food and it payed off for her.

‘We’ve really been trying to do better and eat better and eliminate the junk,” she said. “I’m not doing anything crazy like doing the elliptical or riding the bike or running. I started being a pescatarian and he was plant-based, so I started there. It did help me and I felt different. I lost a couple of pounds. I’m not a big eater. But what I started to do, was just have small portions. I feel like I eat about four times a day – four, sometimes five – just nibbling on stuff, and I feel really satisfied.”

Nene admits though that she still craves certain salty snacks, but the trick to not overdoing it when she has them is having a little and then throwing the rest in the garbage.

“I love to snack on stuff because I like chips,” she said. “So If I’d want it so bad, I could eat a little bit and then I’d throw it in the trash can. I always say to myself, ‘I’m not going through the trash can to get it out and eat it,’ so I’d bite it and then I’d throw it in the trash. So I could just satisfy myself a little bit.”

Ditching meat, eating smaller meals and easing up on her snacking habits has been good for Nene, and she hopes that by her 52nd birthday in December, her efforts will help her get down to a size 8.

“I’ve always been the girl who’s been a size 10, and then when I got bigger I was a 12 — Whatever,” she said. “I don’t ever remember being an 8. I would love to be an 8. Some people are like, ‘Oh, you’re too tall to be an 8!’ My birthday is December 13th. Every year around my birthday, I always want to be something! I want to be thin or smaller.”

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