Cheryl Burke: I Was Never "Overweight"

Celebrity Body May. 27, 2010 AT 2:43PM

Cheryl Burke knows what it's like to struggle with her weight. Just two years ago, the Dancing With the Stars fourth-place runner-up, 26, caught flak for her curves.

"It's not like I was overweight," the 5-foot-4 dancer tells the new issue of Us Weekly. "But as you get older, your metabolism slows."

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To drop the extra five pounds, she cut out red meat the cheese and swapped white carbs for whole-wheat bread and gluten-free pasta. When not rehearsing for DWTS, she attends thrice weekly Jazzercise classes and goes on 4-mile runs up to five days a week.

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"I don't weigh myself on a scale. I feel the difference in my clothes and the way they fit," she tells Us. "When I'm on the show, my body changes a lot. I try to maintain it."

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Partner Chad Ochocinco (with whom she's been linked) saw a difference, too.

"He lost five pounds without even trying, and he eats McDonald's every day!" Burke says.

For more details on how stars like Beyonce and Carrie Underwood prep before slipping into a swimsuit, ideas on snacks that will fill you up but won't weigh you down and an easy-to-follow plan to get you flat abs fast, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.

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