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Octavia SpencerAcademy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer allegedly had help shedding fifty pounds from her 5’2″ frame.   The National Enquirer is reporting that the 39-year-old star of the controversial film “The Help” weighed in at 210 pounds and resorted to having gastric bypass surgery back in 2005.

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An insider revealed to the National Enquirer that Spencer has a passion for food.  The reason why Spencer was unsuccessful with her past attempts at dieting is because she has a ravenous appetite and refused to give up the kinds of unhealthy foods she loves.  The source explains how Spencer is a bonafide foodie, “Octavia is always hungry, and doesn’t want to eat a salad or fish for dinner.  Octavia likes her favorites like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and hot rolls with plenty of butter.  Once you have that surgery you can’t eat like that.”

The source went on to reveal that after the surgery, Spencer was placed on a liquid diet.  The actress, who is remembered for her hilarious role as an overweight hooker in the 2003 film “Bad Santa” had such an extreme craving for fried chicken right after her surgery that she actually blended the meat so that she could consume it.

Eventually Spencer allegedly began placing many of her favorite foods into a blender while she was on the liquid diet.  As soon as she was given the green light to resume a diet of solid foods, Spencer began eating and her stomach expanded in order to accommodate what she was feeding it.

According to the Mayo Clinic, after a patient has a gastric bypass or bariatric surgery which reduces the size of their stomachs, they won’t be allowed to eat for a couple of days. Then, they follow a specific diet for about 12 weeks. The diet begins with liquids only, then progresses to mashed or soft foods, and finally to a regular diet.  They may have many restrictions or limits on how much and what they can eat and drink.

Spencer, who was looking very svelte, was honored Wednesday by her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and met with at least 400 people who gave her a hero’s welcome and a key to the city.

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