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After landing the lead role in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas in 2009, Holly Madison felt confident that a five-nights-a-week burlesque performance would help her stay toned.

"I thought I could eat what I wanted and just burn it off during the show," she tells Shape. But thanks to constant sugar cravings and a book deal that required her to taste-test the city’s most sinful restaurant meals, Holly packed on 19 pounds in 18 months.

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When Peepshow producers expressed concern that Holly had plumped up, she felt hurt. But after a series of unflattering paparazzi photos surfaced, Holly realized she had to make some changes. "I didn’t want to wear a bikini, and I began relying on a few tricky poses to look thinner in photos," she says.

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Eager to shed pounds quickly, Holly turned to NV, a hot new weight-loss supplement (Learn more at TryNV.com). "NV helped me drop one jeans size in two weeks and increased my energy," she says. 

FOR MORE ON HOLLY'S STRATEGIES FOR LOSING WEIGHT, CLICK HERE, AND PICK UP THE MARCH ISSUE OF SHAPE, OUT FEB. 27.

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