'Cake Boss' Star Buddy Valastro Looks Dramatically Different In New Photos

It's already hard enough for folks with regular jobs to resist eating sweets, so imagine being pastry chef and always being surrounded by cakes, pastries, and other sugary treats.

That's the reality Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro was living with for the last few decades.

Valastro was just 17 years old when he took over as the new "Cake Boss" at his family's business, Carlos Bakery, after the death of his father in 1994.


In 2009, Valastro and the bakery became the center of the TLC series Cake Boss. Due to the popularity of the show, Valastro went on to star in shows like Kitchen Boss, The Next Great Baker, Buddy's Bakery Rescue, and even had a cameo in the box-office hit Bridesmaids.

Valastro, who started working at the age of 11, also has a family of his own. He and his wife Lisa have four children, Sofia Valastro, Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro III, Marco Valastro, and Carlo Valastro.

He has been busy looking after his loved ones and the business, so he never really had the time to take care of himself.

However, something changed recently and the beloved baker has decided to start making some lifestyle changes.

He finally shared a photo of himself posing with his wife on Instagram and fans couldn't help but notice how much he has slimmed down.

"WOW Buddy ; you and your wife look amazing!!!," wrote one fan. "You look like you are in your 20's ! I love watching you ; great family show ! God Love you and keep healthy ! What a HOTTIE!"

Whoooaaa!!! That’s an awesome transformation @buddyvalastro," another chimed in.

He does look fantastic, doesn't he?

If you're curious about how Valastro managed to shed some of the extra pounds, you aren't alone.

The chef revealed that "a lot of people have been asking" how he lost weight, which prompted him to share a little about his journey on Instagram.

"I just wanted to share that I’ve used the Optavia program," he wrote in the caption of the photo. "I'm not being paid to say this and it should be noted that I think every body is different and you should do whatever suits you but this is what I’m doing and I’m very happy with the results so far!"


Optavia is a weight loss and weight management company that offers clients choices of plans, a range of food products, known as Fuelings, as well as coaches, and an online community to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The programs encourage healthy habits such as eating six small meals a day, portion control, and nutritious snacking.

The company's most popular plan is called the Optivia 30, and those who have properly followed it, like Valastro, have gotten some great results.

"Optavia.... best program EVER!!!," wrote one user. Another person backed up this claim by sharing their experience with the brand: "I just lost 50lbs on Optavia since last October! LOVE the program & LOVE that you are willing to talk about it!! It makes me an even BIGGER fan than I was before!"

Fans started noticing that the cake expert was rapidly losing weight a few months ago after he posted a couple of photos on social media.

Take a look:

Grateful to be here with the famiglia for sweet Bella’s first communion

A post shared by Buddy Valastro (@buddyvalastro) on

We're glad Valastro is taking care of his well-being and doing it the healthy and natural way!

What do you think of his transformation?

Awa has been writing for Shared for 3 years. She is a serial snacker who unapologetically loves celebrity gossip. Drop her a line at awa@shared.com.