Melissa McCarthy Stars In New TV, Film & Style Projects After 75-Lb High Protein Weight Loss Diet

Melissa McCarthy has been soaring to success, ranking second on Forbes' list of the highest-paid actresses in the world, as well as becoming known as a celebrity weight loss winner after shedding 75 pounds. Known for her comedic talents, McCarthy recently delighted Gilmore Girls fans with a cameo in the revival, and 2017 promises to provide the world with much more of Melissa's acting skills, reported Movie Pilot.

McCarthy, 46, was so busy with her movie schedule that she didn't have as much time as some fans wished for in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. However, the series still offered nostalgia as Melissa re-created her role as Sookie.

In B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, which has an estimated release date of 2017, McCarthy will voice the character of newbie agent, Wyatt. Seth Rogan plays Jackson Moss, with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones joining them to make the Dreamworks animation flick into family-friendly fun.

Melissa McCarthy soars to new heights.
Melissa McCarthy soars to new heights. [Image by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Images]

Life of the Party, slated for release in 2018, is directed by Melissa's husband, Ben Falcone. McCarthy co-wrote the script, and some insiders have hinted that the plot will describe what happens when a middle-aged woman returns to college. In addition to Melissa, Life of the Party stars Maya Rudolph, Molly Gordon, and Julie Bowen.

As for a return to the small screen, TV fans can look forward to a Fox comedy series. McCarthy is wearing a producer hat as she develops what's described as a family comedy with her husband. The half-hour show revolves around an unusual family that's created when a successful guy returns to his estranged sister's life, residing with his sibling and her two kids.

Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are working on a new project.
Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone are working on a new project. [Image by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images]

Beyond film and television, Melissa is the star of her very own fashion line. Prior to entering the acting world, McCarthy had studied textiles at Southern Illinois University, with a goal of becoming a fashion designer. Consequently, she recently branched out into developing her own line of attire, earning compliments from all sizes and shapes.

Second only to Jennifer Lawrence on the list of the world's highest-paid actresses, Melissa talked about her vision to Forbes.

"I started to think if I could do anything to build women up rather than the constant tear down I'm going to do it."
McCarthy has been wowing fans with her weight loss success, shedding an impressive 75 pounds. Hollywood Life reported that Melissa credits her weight loss to the combination of a diet, exercise, and an unusual secret.

The actress followed a high protein, low carb diet, exercised regularly, and revealed her unexpected secret weight loss weapon.

"The real secret is a super-boring life. You go to bed at 7:30[p.m.]."
In addition, McCarthy revealed that she's worked to teach her daughters, Vivian and Georgette, to appreciate all sizes and shapes and to accept compliments.

"A biggie for me is, take the compliment…It's kind of a rule with me — just say thank you, don't negate it," she explained. "I hope that's one of the many ways I show my girls that it's OK to like who you are and it's ok that everybody's different. If we were all the same, we'd be robots."

In addition to her high protein, low carb diet, Melissa worked with a trainer to take off the weight, reported Foods4BetterHealth.

McCarthy's fitness routine reportedly includes martial arts and kickboxing, with her workout designed to burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes, according to the media outlet. Her regime also includes body weight push-ups, wall sits, lower back extensions, hamstring ball curls, reverse crunches, jumping jacks, and body weight squats.

As for details of Melissa's weight loss diet, it reportedly emphasizes a range of protein, from organic eggs to grass-fed beef to wild-caught fish, as well as high-fiber foods such as vegetables and selected fruits. She stays hydrated by sipping water with lemon to add flavor without calories.

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