Melissa McCarthy is now practically unrecognizable, having gone from plus to pint size. Yes, celebrities may have an advantage when it comes to getting and staying shape, considering they can hire trainers and chefs to keep them in line. However, fitness and health is not reserved for only the Hollywood elite.
Was Melissa McCarthy Dieting, Working Out or Taking Supplements?
How did Melissa shed the weight? Well, she’s not exactly sharing her secrets but she did reveal to Life & Style magazine that it took her not caring to lose the weight. “I truly stopped worrying about it. I think there’s something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked.”
Although the Oscar nominee acknowledges her weight loss, she also discloses that it’s most likely not permanent — but she’s fine with that. She elaborated in an interview with Refinery29, “I have [lost weight], but I’ll be back again. I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life. The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this up. There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that.’
What does Melissa have to say about her newfound body? In an interview with People magazine she explained, “I feel sexiest when I feel comfortable, when I feel most myself, when I’m not trying to be anything other than who I am.”
How to Lose Weight Like Melissa McCarthy
To give you more info on how to shed pounds and tone up, we asked Sloane Davis, Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer of Pancakes And Push Ups for her health and fitness do’s and don’ts.
Do: Calorie-Killing Interval Workouts
“Interval training is a great way to elevate your heart rate and burn calories,” says Davis. Also be sure to incorporate some strength training into your workout routine in order to build and preserve muscle, explains the expert. “The more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns while resting. Sets, reps and the amount of weight should always be set in a progressive fashion so that the body can build new muscle in order to lean out.” Using a combination of interval training and strength training will have your body in a constant state of repair leading to an elevated metabolism all day every day whether you’re exercising or not. Over time, this will help shrink the trouble spots and create curves in all the right places with that hard earned lean muscle.
Interval training and strength training can be performed separately or in a calorie-killing combination workout. Integrating weights into your interval training is an effective way to save time and blast calories. For example, you can try treadmill sprints followed by hang cleans or push presses; alternate rowing sprints with squats, lunges or kettlebell swings. Ultimately, your imagination is your only limit on how you can combine exercises and torch fat.
Don’t: Take Diet Pills
“Anyone that tells you that you will lose weight taking a diet pill is only trying to take your money. If there were magic pills and secrets, we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic,” says Davis. Weight loss happens from creating a calorie deficit and being consistent with it. She recommend her clients eat a certain amount of macros: proteins, fats and carbs. “If my clients hit their target goals it ensures them that they are in a caloric deficit which they need in order to lose weight. Diet pills are unsafe, unhealthy and unnecessary.” No matter how tempting it may be, there is no shortcut to health and fitness and no body, no matter how perfect, is worth risking your life for — the only way is the old-fashioned way, hard work, sweat and dedication.
Do: Eat A Balanced Diet
“I like the foods incorporated in the Mediterranean diet because it includes lots of fresh vegetables and healthy fat, but there is no reason you have to eat any certain types of foods to lose weight. Paleo, Mediterranean, Whole 30, doesn’t matter,” says Davis. “What it boils down to is how much you are eating of any types of foods. This is why I love flexible dieting and teach my clients to educate themselves on each food they put in their mouth. Life is too short to be a slave to your diet.”
She tells her clients to “eat what you love, just know how much your body requires” which also helps maintain a more relaxed attitude and sustainable lifestyle. Allow yourself to eat any foods you wish, as long as you hit your target macros. “This takes the binging out of the equation as we all want something as soon as we are told we can’t have it. Enjoy the foods you love, make them fit in to your weight loss plan and you will find it is much easier to live this way then being told what you cannot and can eat.” According to Davis, that’s the reason most people gain all the weight back: They are on a wellness plan that is impossible to maintain long term. Living a healthy and balanced lifestyle means you can do it for the rest of your life and that is where you are going to see results.
Don’t: Be A Cardio Only Queen
“The more muscle you can build, the leaner, tighter and more toned you will look, as muscle takes up less space in the body,” says Davis. There is also a greater effect after strength training than cardio, meaning you will continue to burn calories even after you stopped lifting weights. “So, if you lift every other day, you are constantly burning calories while resting. Weight lifting is essential for changing the shape of your body. It’s how I changed mine at 40!”
One of the best aspects of weight lifting is that you only have to do it a few days a week. To get results from cardio, you ultimately have to do it every day. With weights, you can lift three days per week and still get great results because it takes a considerable number of calories to repair and rebuild muscle tissue, resulting in increased metabolism and a more desirable body composition. Avoid the small muscle movements such as biceps curls and triceps kickbacks, instead opt for movements that require full body participation. Some great examples include squats, deadlifts, lunge variations, hip thrusters, cleans, bench press, shoulder press, rows, kettlebell movements — essentially any exercise that uses multiple muscle groups at once is what the bulk of your workouts should consist of.