Honey Boo Boo Dishes on Mama June's Physical Transformation and How the Family Has Helped Support Her Weight Loss

The reality star and her sister talk to E! News about their mom's progress

By Samantha Schnurr Feb 23, 2017 8:01 PMTags
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Mama June is changing her ways. 

As the former star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo prepares to unveil the results of a major physical transformation on WE tv's Mama June: From Not to Hot, her famous daughters Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon gave E! News an update on their mom's progress on and off the scale. 

"She's been doing very good," 11-year-old Alana told E! News exclusively. After June's breakup with her children's father, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, the mother of four underwent gastric sleeve surgery in 2015. Since the procedure, she has also undergone skin removal surgery as a result of her weight loss.

While her kids won't divulge exactly what their mom looks like today (we just have to tune into the series premiere on Friday to see for ourselves),they do admit they were stunned by the final result. 

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Drastic physical change isn't so easy without the support of family and friends. At first, the ladies admit they weren't so keen on their mom's new diet regimen. "At first we didn't want to participate in the fact that she was eating healthy and things like that," Pumpkin admitted. Along the way, "we could tell that she really needed the support...it was just something we needed to do."

Though they admittedly didn't participate as much in Mama June's workouts pre-surgeries, they did cooperate in the kitchen where June cut back on portion sizes and junk food. "She just wants us to be healthy, too," Pumpkin said of her mom. 

While the family has committed to a meal plan featuring salmon and string bean dinners and carrot snacks, they do get to indulge with cheat days. Still, there is one item Pumpkin particularly misses: "Little Debbie cakes."

Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. on WE tv.