While most people struggle to many any progress with their weight loss goals, some simply hit it out of the part. And if these exceptionally successful dieters are a celebrity, then they become an inspiration for everyone else out there looking to shed off some pounds.
And this is exactly the case with the highly talked about Melissa McCarthy weight loss journey. She was once one of the most obese Hollywood celebrities in the US, and had some serious health concerns. Not to mention, being so overweight, she was also at risk of some major health conditions.
A Little About Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy is an American actress and comedian, born in 1970. She started working in television back in the late 1990s, but only made it big in 2000, when she made her first national appearance as Sookie St. James in the popular television series: Gilmore Girls.
When the series ended in 2007, Melissa McCarthy didn’t had to struggle to immediately get her next role, and ended up working in Samantha Who?
However, the last 6 years have been particularly good for the actress, both on the professional and personal front. After getting cast in Mike & Molly (2010-2016), she was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award, as well as featured in two other nominations. And then of course, there was this inspiring personal weight loss journey.
However, her personal life had been a complete mess before 2010, especially due to her weight. Although quite successful professionally, she couldn’t manage to do anything about her weight until things started getting a bit out of hand.
The Remarkable Turnaround
When Melissa McCarthy started working in the Mike & Molly series back in 2010, she was decided to take matters in her hand and do something about her excess body weight. Since then, she has never looked back, and managed to knock off an unbelievable 75 lb.
She now flaunts a (relatively) tiny waist, and an “updated” figure that’s hard to recognize when you compare it to her old photos. Her body looks transformed in every way, and she’s certainly no longer the unhealthy, extremely obese Melissa McCarthy that was prone to many serious health ailments.
If this isn’t an inspiration to dieters looking to get in shape, then we don’t know what is. And surprisingly, she is also quite open about what she did to get there. To many’s surprise, however, she didn’t know of any secrets that made this feat easier for her.
How Did She Get There?
Well, let us now talk about what you would probably find to be the most interesting part of the Melissa McCarthy weight loss story. However, as we just mentioned above, there were just no secrets involved.
But there’s a trick. Or that’s what Melissa McCarthy told it is. She simply said that this accomplishment was a result of her “super-boring” life that she decided to switch to back in 2010. It involved just a few things, but they weren’t easy and she followed them with extreme determination.
So let’s take a look at exactly what she did.
Well, pretty much every effective weight loss plan is going to have a strict diet as one of its most important components. This is especially true if you also value your safety, as in that case, you wouldn’t want to go with some of those extremely dangerous methods of losing weight.
And Melissa McCarthy probably knew this well. This is the reason that she decided to stick to a very strict, boring diet. Her diet plan simply focused on having more of protein and fat and less of carbohydrates. This is what most experts would call as ‘sensible’ diet plan for long-term weight loss.
According to some reports, McCarthy’s diet usually includes vegetables that are rich in nutrients, fruits, nuts, and more. Some other foods include chia seeds, kale, broccoli (steamed), avocados, raw almonds and green tea.
This is no secret diet plan and perhaps pretty much all the information she used to come up with this diet plan is readily available out there. One of the important things a high-protein, high-fat diet does is make the dieter feel full. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This diet usually comes with a bunch of other amazing health benefits as well.
Some of them include a reduced appetite, stronger muscles, improved metabolism, reduced inflammation, significantly lower risk of serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and more. McCarthy’s diet also helps her keep her insulin levels low for as many as around 12 hours.
All these factors have obviously heavily contributed to her 75-lb weight loss. That being said, however, it’s important to note that not any protein-rich or fat-rich foods will cut it. You need to be very specific about it.
However, a known fact is that vegetables with a great nutritional value, fruits, nuts, dairy products and some seeds are very safe bets.
We know many of you may be used to mild exercise, if any at all. Perhaps even McCarthy didn’t have any rigorous exercise plans before she decided to put fight her obesity with all her might back in 2010. And it’s then when she came up with an intense workout plan, something that she probably follows even now.
Basically, she does HIIT (high-intensity interval training). If you’re not aware of it, let us tell you that it’s believed to be one of the most effective ways of burning calories quickly and losing a lot of weight within a fairly short period of time. It involves a variety of fast-paced exercises, with quick bursts of “intervals”.
McCarthy’s personal trainer has helped her come up with an ideal workout plan revolving around HIIT. The reason it includes many different types of exercises is that it helps her avoid boredom and give up on her goals.
The exercises help her burn calories, strengthen her muscles as well as tone her body.
According to Melissa McCarthy, if there’s at all a secret that helped her with her miraculous weight loss, it’s a super-boring life. One of the important parts of it is going to bed at 7:30 pm. This not only helps keep herself from having those late night snacks, but also get enough time to regenerate her muscles. Apart from that, it’s also believed that the sleep quality, too, is an important contributing factor when it comes to big weight loss goals.