She’s dedicated to No. 1 — herself. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania opened up about working on herself and yo-yo dieting with Life & Style exclusively at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Champions for Change Gala in NYC. Believe it or not, the 48-year-old has struggled with her eating habits in the past because of her dating life.

“I’m a yo-yo dieter. I’ve been up and down so many times. I love to eat. Men love to feed me. I don’t know why. They like to watch me eat. I don’t even know what that’s all about,” she explained exclusively. “They need to stop because the men in my life — after Frank — Frank’s picky with me because he’s a body builder but the men I’ve dated after Frank love to watch me eat because I eat like a guy! Like I can keep up with them. I’m not the salad girl, no, no. Then I’m like gaining weight.”

We’re not surprised Dolores’ ex-husband Frank Catania pays attention to what he eats, but the brunette beauty seems to have joined in on the practice — to excellent results, clearly. “I felt so good when I was on my 750 calorie diet. It’s maintenance now and I did very well with it,” she revealed. “It wasn’t that bad. It’s so hard though.”

Dolores spoke with Life & Style exclusively just after revealing her weight loss transformation back in July and she gushed about her 45-day diet program with Elite Health Center in New Jersey. Her dedication was no joke and the program was pretty regimented. Not for the faint of heart, y’all!

But the matriarch definitely had to get into the zone when it came to putting herself first. It didn’t come easy. “Since I was 18 years old or as long as I can remember, I always said the first half of my life I would take care of everybody in my life, the second half of my life was going to be for me,” she revealed. “Now, I didn’t realize how hard that transition would be for me because it’s a habit that’s going to be hard to break but I’m not saying that I’m not going to try to work more on myself.”

At the end of the day, Dolores is pretty firm in her belief that the gym and eating right are the keys to the castle. “From the neck up I can handle but from the neck down, I need to get to the gym,” she affirmed. “There isn’t one person walking this Earth that doesn’t need to work out. You feel so much better.” Sounds like good advice to us!

Reporting by Diana Cooper.