With celebrity diets and weight loss often the hot topic of conversation in the media, it is no surprise that Melissa McCarthy has stolen the limelight following her dramatic 75 pound weight loss! How, you might be asking? The answer is the ketogenic diet.

Going keto is becoming increasingly popular among the diabetes community and is setting the trend for celebs too. A popular benefit of the keto diet is the weight loss that can be achieved, while further benefits include lower blood pressure, raised HDL cholesterol levels (which is a good sign of heart health) and improved mental performance.

Melissa McCarthy, a well-known actor who you might recognise from films such as Bridesmaids and the television show Mike and Molly, is a funny, witty and entertaining actor. Melissa embraced the film industry as a plus-sized woman, and for years she has set the benchmark for all body types. Hallelujah!

For a new film role, she embraced the ketogenic diet primarily to lose weight, and the results have been sensational.

A year has made quite the difference for Melissa, who achieved weight loss of 75 pounds. Her role in the movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is as Lee Israel, a literary forger; quite the opposite to her previous comical work in films such as Bridesmaids and Spy. Melissa has proven her dedication to the film and role, and hard work pays off.

Melissa reports that it’s not only the ketogenic diet that has helped her on her journey but also incorporating regular exercise into her lifestyle. Martial arts was a popular exercise of choice in supporting her weight loss.

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet with a moderate intake of protein. It works by helping people enter ketosis, the breaking down of body fat into ketones which allows the body to predominately run on ketones rather than glucose (which it typically would do). ‘How would I achieve ketosis?’, you might be thinking. Well, it is quite simply down to limiting your carbohydrate content per day to 50g or below depending on the individual.

Whatever the motivation for weight loss, it is a journey and how you feel can be one of the strongest motivators. Melissa reports she is very happy with how she feels and looks. “I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life,” said McCarthy. “I always thought it was worth the fight. Now I know it is.”

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