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Andy Cohen Dropped 12 Lbs. By Cutting This Out of His Diet

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By Gary Trock

Andy Cohen is revealing the big secret to his new svelte physique and credits the big loss to a key change on his Bravo show, "Watch What Happens Live." Cohen appeared Tuesday during a sit-down with Hoda Kotb on NBC's "Today," and claims he has not had a drink of alcohol since mid-July. Not only has he refrained from drinking in his personal life, but Cohen also revealed he has nixed cocktails from being served during his nightly Bravo show.

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No More Cocktails

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Drinking has become a staple of "Watch What Happens Live," with all types of celebrities, from Oprah to Jennifer Lawrence, stopping by to dish on the "Real Housewives" and enjoy a cocktail or three.

The show regularly promoted drinking games, like when fans had to take a drink every time they spotted a little cartoon Andy Cohen-like leprechaun running across the screen during a St. Patrick's Day episode.

There were even a few Clubhouse Cocktails that fans could make and enjoy while dishing on their favorite reality stars, including the Mazel on the rocks, the Whiskey Gingey ... and just the plain ol' whiskey.

Watching His Diet

Along with abstaining from alcohol, Cohen also told Hoda Kotb that he is monitoring his diet and "really watching what I’m eating." He credits the change in lifestyle to an epiphany over the summer.

"So, this summer, I had a moment where I was like, I really felt like my suits were getting tight and it was beach season and I was wearing like button-downs to the beach and I’m like ‘I’m not this guy, I’m not doing this.'"

He also admitted that sitting in front of a monitor on "Watch What Happens Live" was beginning to frustrate him. "I’m a pretty tough critic of myself and don’t you find that seeing yourself in a monitor every day ... doesn’t that mess with your head sometimes?” he asked Kotb.

His Motivation

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Cohen credits his big lifestyle change to his other big lifestyle change ... his baby boy! 51-year-old Cohen welcomed Benjamin Allen Cohen into his life via surrogate in February and has been documenting his journey as a first-time dad with fans. Little Benjamin has also just started crawling, so Cohen needed to be in good shape to keep up with the tyke. They also just celebrated Benjamin's first Halloween, and Cohen shared a photo of the two trick-or-treating around their neighborhood in NYC. The duo dressed up as an adorable Woodstock and his pal Snoopy.

Another Kid?

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Cohen has been loving his time with Benjamin, but Kotb asked if he would soon be getting a little brother or sister. "Does he need someone to go through life with?" she asked.

"Yes, he needs a girlfriend, and he needs a sibling ... I think maybe he does. I'm taking it one step at a time," Cohen responded after pondering the question. He explained that the decision to only have one child right now was done on purpose to make sure he was not overwhelmed.

"That's also why with the process that I did, I didn't go for twins ... I was like, I want to get kind of good at one before I decide whether I want to really have another one."

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