Dancing just may be the best exercise there is. Gladys Knight says she lost a whopping 60lbs from cuttin’ a rug and she owes most of it to her dancing partner, Tristan MacManus.

“[He] helped [by] wearing me out,” she told PEOPLE. Also, she attributed Freshology’s Getslim with the Stars program to achieving her slimmer frame. “You’ve got to eat healthy and you’ve got to put a little movement into it.”

Although she’s ready to flaunt her new slim body, she told ESSENCE.com before the season began that her husband prefers her on the curvier side. “My husband [William McDowell] was like, ‘I got the divorce papers ready. You know I don’t like no skinny women,'” she joked.

Shortly after elimination, the Motown legend said she won’t forget the memories, family, friends and knowledge she gained during her six weeks on the show. “It wasn’t just about dancing, but getting to know different personalities and how they operate and carry themselves. There are so many life lessons here.”


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