Melissa McCarthy looks gorgeous in the new issue of Redbook magazine, where she showcased her 75-pound weight loss and discussed body image and her plus size clothing line.
Despite her weight loss, Melissa remains an advocate for larger women, and urged all women to stop body-shaming each other.
“My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have,” Melissa told Redbook. “There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like.”
Melissa, who recently launched her all-sizes clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, said women need to accept themselves and each other no matter what their body type or weight.
“A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher,” said McCarthy. “I just try to make clothing that will make all women feel really good. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way.”
The Melissa McCarthy Seven7 collection has lots of cute, flattering styles and is not just for plus size or super-skinny women, said McCarthy.
“There is just this weird thing about how we perceive [larger] women in this country,” she said. “I would love to be a part of breaking that down.”
McCarthy looks fantastic after losing 75 pounds with a low carb diet and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Low carb diets such as the ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by inducing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Dr. David Ludwig agrees. “‘Eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t work,” said Ludwig, a physician and nutrition professor at Harvard 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.
The true cause of weight gain isn’t too many calories, but a diet that’s high in refined carbs and sugars, explained Dr. Ludwig. 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.