By Samantha Chang
Melissa McCarthy is fit and fab after her dramatic 50-pound weight loss on a low carb diet.Melissa’s weight loss was due to a low carb, high-protein diet, Examiner reported.
“Melissa has been on a high-protein, low carb diet,” said a source. “She’s been making small changes and seeing big results.”
Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox and Tim McGraw have all lost dramatic amounts of weight on the low-carb Atkins, ketogenic and Paleo diets.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins, ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel in a metabolic state called ketosis, according to obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, says the low-carb ketogenic, Paleo and Atkins diet prevents — and in some instances reverses — Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD.
“Carbs are devastating for the brain,” said Dr. Perlmutter. “Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Dr. Jeff Volek, author of The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, agrees.
Studies show low-carb diets reverse type 2 diabetes, prevents heart disease, and promote rapid fast weight loss without hunger, said Volek, a professor at Ohio State University.
McCarthy’s weight loss motivation was a desire to be healthy for her daughters, Vivian and Georgette, with husband Ben Falcone.
“Melissa realized she wasn’t being as healthy as she could be,” said a friend. “She wants to set a good example for her kids and she wants to be around to become a grandmother too.”
Sources said McCarthy has no desire to be super-skinny, but merely wants to be healthier.
“Melissa knows that fans love her big and beautiful, and she’s not obsessed with dieting,” said the insider. “She’s just looking for a happy medium.”
McCarthy, who has been overweight most of her life, said she had tried many times to lose weight on various diets, and wishes she were naturally skinny. With her new low carb diet, it appears Melissa may soon reach her weight loss goals.