Fans who have been longing to see Melissa McCarthy on screen following the actress’ 75-pound weight loss now have their wishes fulfilled, with the new Gilmore Girls trailer offering a look at Melissa’s slim-down success. McCarthy reportedly credits her weight loss to a low-carb diet, drinking a special kind of tea, and exercise.
McCarthy is flaunting her weight loss in her role as Chef Sookie, co-starring in the Gilmore Girls reboot with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. Noticeably slimmer in the show, Melissa succeeded with a high-protein, low-carb diet, reported Foods 4 Better Health.
High protein, low carb diets such as McCarthy’s typically allow all types of protein, from fish to chicken to meat, along with healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil, most vegetables, nuts, and selected fruits. Usually not allowed are foods such as cereal, bread, pasta, and pastries.
Getting enough sleep also plays a role in weight loss, and McCarthy admitted that she goes to bed early, describing her 7:30 p.m. bedtime as her “real secret.” Melissa also exercises regularly.
Turning to Instagram, McCarthy documented her weight loss in a new photo recently, pointed out In Touch. The 46-year-old Gilmore Girls star struck a pose with some pals, urging her fans to get out and vote.
“Us girls are getting out and voting, you should too!” wrote Melissa. “#wevote #imwithher @gillianjacobs @debbyryan @mollsterg @jennisennis @hillaryclinton.”
A source told In Touch that McCarthy had not anticipated losing 75 pounds, and although she hasn’t set a new goal, she will be content to shed more weight.
“Melissa never expected to drop all this weight. She has no intention of losing any more, but if by following the same plan, it drops off, she’s not going to complain.”
In addition to that high-protein low-carb diet, Melissa drank lots of water and sipped a metabolism-boosting hot beverage, according to Foods 4 Better Health.
Plain water can seem boring, but McCarthy jazzed up that water by using lemon, according to the media outlet, which also shared with readers the tea that Melissa chose to use.
“To kick-start her metabolism, McCarthy consumed two hot cups of green tea…with every meal.”
As for her workout, Melissa emphasized variety in her fitness regime. The actress got into the exercise groove when she was getting ready for the film Spy, doing kickboxing and martial arts. In addition to those forms of fitness, McCarthy reportedly performed resistance training.
A Harvard research study supports Melissa’s decision to boost protein while reducing carbohydrates.
Low carb wins again. A new Harvard study confirms that a low-carb diet is easier than low fat and that weight... https://t.co/uYUbc8zxFq— Jan Cutler (@lamornajan) October 30, 2016
The weight loss study, which involved over 60,000 dieters, determined that the participants who ate fewer carbohydrates (such as pasta, bread, and potatoes) shed more pounds than the ones who reduced foods high in fat, such as butter and cheese, reported the Telegraph.
Researchers analyzed 53 studies and determined that those who reduced the fat in their diet weighed two and a half pounds more after one year than the low-carb diet group. Although that might not sound like much initially, if the annual weigh-ins showed consistent results, the low-fat group would weigh considerably more after 10 years.
Although low-carb diets are popular among those setting goals to lose weight, the use of green tea isn’t so well known. Does it really help?
Teas labeled “weight loss” abound in the store, as do products flavored with green tea. But when it comes to what has been shown to be most effective for taking off the pounds, Women’s Health magazine cautions that dieters need to exercise restraint (green tea ice cream sounds tasty, but it’s probably not the best diet food).
“Green tea has the incredible power to shift your fat-fighting metabolism into high gear,” revealed the media outlet.
“The weight-loss benefits are in the epigallocatechin gallate (a.k.a. EGCG, a health-boosting antioxidant) found in green tea.”
Consequently, it’s important to choose green tea products carefully, noted registered dietitian Keri Glassman, who told Women’s Health that it’s especially essential to steer clear of ones that have sugar as an added ingredient.
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