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Menounos talks fitness at Boston appearances

Maria Menounos spoke to the crowd at the Boston Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Maria Menounos spoke to the crowd at the Boston Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo.

To look at her, you wouldn’t suspect TV host Maria Menounos is an FFK. But the Medford native is, in fact, a former fat kid.

“I gained a lot of weight in high school and then in college,” she told us the other day. “My guilty pleasure was brown sugar Pop-Tarts. And Vinny Testa’s pasta. I’d have a full order and then go to Brigham’s and get ice cream.”

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How she shed the weight — 40 pounds in all — is revealed in her new book, “The EveryGirls Guide to Diet and Fitness,” and it’s what brought Menounos to the Boston Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo at the
Hynes Convention Center Saturday. (She also made an appearance at the CambridgeSide Galleria.)

“This couldn’t be more no-frills,” she says of her diet and exercise routine. “I try to eat healthy, but I’m not a gym rat. I get my fitness throughout the day. I might do squats while cooking or lunges while brushing my teeth. I’m always moving.”

Menounos is indeed often on the move. She has a reality show on Oxygen called “Chasing Maria Menounos” and, for reasons we don’t entirely understand, she recently departed “Extra,” which she co-hosted with Mario Lopez, and signed on with E! to host an hourlong entertainment/news series called “Untold With Maria Menounos.”

“My first appearance on E! will be July 18,” she said. “I’m excited because I get to use some of my journalism chops.”

Menounos said she was psyched to be coming home, but with the focus on a diet and exercise book, we doubt she stopped for a meatball sub at one of her favorite haunts, Bob’s Italian Foods in Medford.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.
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