Melissa McCarthy showed off her 50-pound weight loss at the “SNL” 40th anniversary celebration in New York Feb. 15. McCarthy previously credited a low-carb, high-protein diet for her stunning weight loss.
During the “SNL 40” special, Melissa paid tribute to former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Farley, who died in 1997.
McCarthy has not specified which low carb diet she followed, but Kim Kardashian, Megan Fox and Tim McGraw have lost dramatic amounts of weight on the low-carb Atkins, ketogenic and Paleo diets, Celebrity Health reported.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins, ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, according to obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Sources said the 5-foot-2 McCarthy, who previously weighed 265 pounds, is now healthier after cutting bread and pasta out of her diet. “Melissa has been on a high-protein, low carb diet,” said an insider. “She’s been making small changes and seeing big results.”
McCarthy’s weight loss motivation was a desire to be healthy for her daughters, Vivian and Georgette, with husband Ben Falcone. In 2013, Melissa was fat-shamed by movie reviewer Rex Reed, who called her a “tractor-sized female hippo” in his scathing review of of her film, “Identity Thief.”
Reed called Melissa a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious.” Reed was slammed for extending his scathing film review to a personal attack on McCarthy’s body but refused to apologize.
The fat-shaming comments were especially hurtful because Melissa has long been open about her weight loss struggles. In response to Reed’s comments, McCarthy said she felt sorry for fat-shaming haters.
Will Launch Plus-Size Clothing Line
McCarthy, who has been overweight most of her life, said she had tried many times to lose weight on various diets, and wishes she were naturally skinny. With her low carb diet, it appears Melissa may reach her weight loss goals.
McCarthy recently revealed she plans to launch a clothing line for plus-sized women. Melissa who has struggled with weight her entire life, said she has been “every size on the planet,” and her love of fashion didn’t fade simply because she gained a few pounds.
“I have experience dressing me as a six, a 12 and more,” said McCarthy. “And when you go above a size 12, you don’t lose your love of fashion. I always said, ‘Why can’t I find great stuff?'”
Melissa said she has wanted to be a fashion designer since grade school and is thrilled to create a fashion line for plus-sized women. McCarthy’s clothing line will launch in the fall of 2015.