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    Maria Menounos and 5 Other Stars With Dramatic Weight Loss Stories!

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    Maria Menounos has a smoking hot body! But it wasn't always like that.

    The TV host recently opened up about her struggle with weight when she was a teenager.

    "In my freshman year of high school I was a size 3, and I grew a size every year," Menounos said, adding that "it got worse in college." "I didn't gain the Freshman 15—I gained the Freshman 40," she admitted.

    In her 20s, the now 35-year-old decided to make a change and get healthy. "Since I couldn't find a plan that worked for me, I decided to create my own," she said. "Within a year I lost 40 pounds."

    But Menounos isn't the only star with an inspiring journey of weight loss and health. Here are five other celebs with dramatic weight loss stories.

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    1. Tom Arnold: Just last week, the 55-year-old funnyman debuted an 89-pound weight loss at the 2014 SXSW Festival in Austin! The now-slender star, who weighed 287 at his heaviest, cited the recent birth of his son, Jax, as his motivation to get healthy through diet and exercise twice a day.

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    2. Rachel Frederickson: The Biggest Loser season 15 winner shocked viewers when she showed off her unbelievably skinny figure on the finale episode. Frederickson took home the $250,000 prize after losing 155 pounds! She lost over half her body weight, going from 260 to 105.

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    3. Jennifer Hudson: Between 2010 and 2011, the former American Idol castoff turned Oscar winner lost 80 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers. She went from a size 16 to a 6 and has successfully kept the weight off for over three years.

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    4. Christina Aguilera: Back during the 2012 American Music Awards, Xtina covered up her curves in a floor length dress. Flash-forward one year, and the singer looked super-svelt! A source told E! News of her healthy approach to gradually losing weight, "[She's] making herself a priority, trying new exercises and trying things she loves and enjoys rather than stuff to just 'lose weight.' This is really from the inside out."

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    5. Sara Rue: The Rules of Engagement actress joined team Jenny Craig in December 2009 and lost 50 pounds.

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