By Samantha Chang
Melissa McCarthy showed off her 50-pound weight loss at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
Melissa wore a flowing olive-green dress with an empire waist she designed herself that spotlighted her dramatic weight loss.
Melissa, who launched her Melissa McCarthy Seven7 clothing line in August 2015, has been wearing her own designs on the red carpet ever since.
The Melissa McCarthy Seven7 collection is not just for plus size women, said the comedienne. Despite her weight loss, Melissa remains a vocal advocate for plus-size women because she believes they’re marginalized by the fashion industry.
“I created a fashion line that is for all sizes,” said McCarthy. “I’ve been every size under the rainbow. My sense of style never left me, but my options did.”
Still, Melissa looks and feels amazing after losing 50 pounds on a low-carb diet and high-intensity interval training, 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.”
McCarthy is thinner than she has been in years, thanks to a low-carb diet. She also worked out, doing Pilates and walking, as Celebrity Health Fitness previously reported.
Low carb diets such as the ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by inducing the body to burn fat for fuel, according to obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig, agrees. “‘Eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t work,” said Ludwig, who has an MD and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
By reducing carbs and eating more healthy fats, you can accelerate weight loss and enjoy consistent energy throughout the day, said Dr. Ludwig, author of Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently.
Ludwig, a physician and nutrition professor at Harvard, said the true cause of weight gain isn’t too many calories, but a diet that’s high in refined carbs and sugars. This is because our body stores fat when we experience insulin spikes, which are caused by eating too much sugar and processed grains like white bread, he said.