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The best celebrity weight loss stories of 2011

Jerry Ferrara

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Jerry Ferrara

When you play a character named “Turtle” on a hit HBO series, chances are it’s not because you’re in great shape. For the final season of “Entourage” however, Jerry Ferrara shocked viewers by introducing a leaner, toned version of himself. The 31-year-old had lost more than 55 pounds since changing his lifestyle in 2009 — but it was this year that the results really showed.

Ferrara says he kept things simple by dropping the burgers and fries, taking hikes through L.A.’s Runyan Canyon, and consuming more tofu, organic vegetables and fruits. No expensive celebrity trainers or fancy diets required.