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Chaz Bono is half the man he used to be. Well, not quite half, but 80lbs. lighter is quite a bit!

The 43-year-old Dancing with the Stars contestant, who weighed 250 lbs. before dieting, opened up to People about his new look. Chaz tells the mag:

    "I've been sticking to a really strict diet. It's not any type of starvation thing. I'm just cutting out a lot of stuff and eating primarily protein and vegetables and fruit."

Bono first admitted that he was hoping to lose at least 50 lbs. on an episode of The Doctors. Chaz adds:

    "That episode was the most uncomfortable I've ever been on television in my life. I had been wanting to lose weight. It was something I had been trying to do and failing at. This opportunity just kind of came in, and my initial reaction was 'absolutely not.' And after that, the more I thought about it, I realized I've been wanting to deal with this issue and somebody's willing to help me do it, so I decided to throw my pride away and get help."

Bono is expected to appear on The Doctors this Wednesday to show off his new bod.