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How Melissa Joan Hart Got Her Bikini Body

Adding to the frenzy of celeb slim-downs is Melissa Joan Hart, former star of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She does look wicked amazing, bad pun and all. Inspired to lose her baby weight when unflattering bathing suit photos of her at a larger 155 pounds circulated around the Internet, Melissa lost 42 pounds. Now she's proud to say she's in the best shape of her life.

To learn about how long it took this mother of two to get down to 113 pounds, just


Melissa wanted to prove to herself she could get in shape by her 33rd birthday. She said, "I'm not getting any younger. I need to lose this weight now or else I will never do it." It took her 14 months and she admits, "It didn't happen by magic — it was as hard for me as it would be for anyone else." In addition to exercising, she also stayed away from candy, bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes. Hiring a personal trainer and a nutritionist was helpful, but her biggest inspiration came from seeing other women lose weight after having babies, including her friend Jamie Pressly, and her own mother, who had seven children "and is tiny." She realized, "I don't have to be heavy just because I have kids."

Melissa's biggest fear is gaining the weight back. She says, "It's always going to be a struggle for me." She stays on track by allowing herself the occasional treat like chips and guacamole or frozen yogurt. She also keeps a food journal to ensure she makes healthy food choices, and hits the gym with her trainer three times a week to do a 60-minute interval training session using weights and resistance bands. Melissa also takes two group fitness classes, such as spinning, every week.

It's inspiring to hear Melissa say she's finally at peace with her body. She says, "I have a wonderful career, an amazing husband, and two beautiful sons. I really can't complain about my thighs!"


californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I don't understand why people completely cut out carbs! The people I know that have tried a carb-free diet tend to be irritable all of the time, and don't even lose that much weight. I think exercise and eating in moderation is key - it's probably not healthy to lose 50+ pounds in just a few months unless it is coming off naturally (like breastfeeding).
stephcorinn stephcorinn 8 years
I agree that 155 for someone who is 5'2" is not really a healthy weight. That would mean she had an "overweight" BMI. I am 5'6" and about 160, and my doctor told me I need to watch my weight. So I definitely feel like she was trying to improve her health more than get super skinny.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 8 years
JennyJen when you make fitness a priority you find time for it in your schedule. I am a working mother and work out 6 days a week. I get up hours before my son and husband to fit in my workouts. Keeping a food journal takes up very little time. Her adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean she is neglecting her family. Also 155 for such a short women is a little on the heavy side so I don't blame her for feeling unattractive at that weight particularly if you were used to being a slender person.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
She is super tiny in person, I am 5'3 and she looked a lot smaller than me height and frame wise. So 113lbs isn't bad on her at all.
Advah Advah 8 years
Tx Syako!
nikecold nikecold 8 years
I think its possible to be 113 pounds and healthy, I think she's relatively short so thats fine. The problem is I don't believe one should have to put that much effort into just keeping weight, its good that she's being healthy but carbs are your friend :P and its one of the main reasons why i refuse to go on diets. Firstly I'm not even fat, or unhealthy but I do eat a lot, the thing is I could easily lose weight if i stopped eating potatoes, doritoes, rice and bread, but what are you supposed to do after the weight is gone? Its a lifelong diet, you've gotten your body used to no carbs, the minute you have une string of spaghetti you'll blow up.
vanprooyen vanprooyen 8 years
Yeah, I don't get why she got rid of the bread and potatoes, etc. Especially since it took her 14 months, it seems unusual.
syako syako 8 years
It's "ponder" advah. :ponder: (I think...)
misskacie misskacie 8 years
Maybe cutting the carbs is a short-term solution and she'll have a more balanced diet as maintenance? I hope so. Then again, if she's so afraid of weight regain, I can't see her *adding* the foods she probably considers the culprits into the mix again...
Advah Advah 8 years
Oops I can't remember the code for the scratching head/chin smiley (or did I see it on another site?)
Advah Advah 8 years
I'm a bit confused. What is your diet made of if you cut out pasta, rice and potatoes? Is it just proteins? And is that enough to get you through your day? :scratch:
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I cut out most simple carbs for health reasons & was so surprised at how quickly I lost weight. It was rough at first, and I was pretty cranky for a few weeks. But that passed. I've been enjoying exploring new foods & experimenting in the kitchen; I definitely follow the rule of focusing on what I can eat rather than what I can't eat. It doesn't feel like it's been five months since I changed my diet. Hopefully that's a good indication that I'll be able to stick with it.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I'd say about 65% of my diet consists of carbs, and I maintain my weight just fine due to being active and eating reasonable portions. And sometimes I don't even eat the whole grain stuff - I'm guilty of eating white pasta and bread, and frankly I have no problems with it. Oh and FYI, I'm 5'2 and never go over 105 lbs, despite my love for carbs!
JennyJenJenMurph JennyJenJenMurph 8 years
I hate her for talking about how fat she was when she weighed 155 lbs. I know quite a few women who would LOVE to weigh that after 2 kids and would consider themselves quite good looking and she can only blab about how horrible she looked. The way she talks you would think she weighed 255 lbs! Good for you Melissa, but I have no idea how you have time for three 60 min. workouts with a personal trainer, two workout classes, food journaling, and all the other responsiblities that goes with being a working wife and mother.
andeys3 andeys3 8 years
I tried cutting the carbs from my body, and it worked because I AM carb-sensitive. However, if you completely eliminate them from your diet, you can ruin your health and metabolism. If you cut simple carbs like white bread, white rice and enriched flour, you are actually eliminating empty calories anyway.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
She looks great... but seriously wth is she wearing and those accessories, shoes and hair... she needs a stylist stat!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I didn't think she was actually fat to begin with...though that is a god-awful picture of her on the left. @_@ Well, at least she admitted she needed outside help [nutritionist, trainer]. Not all of us are so lucky to be able to afford that kind of thing. Also, it's possible that maybe, for Melissa, the carbs she had to stay away from were REALLY big problem foods. If you can eat healthy amounts of everything else, but you always have trouble with ANY carbs [like SERIOUS trouble, can't-moderate-at-all kind of trouble], then maybe it would be good to stay away from the foods you have serious problems with. If she can live with never eating those kinds of foods again, more power to her.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I could never cut out all carbs like that. Actually, if I did, I probably would lose weight but I'd be crabby, underweight, and not a fun person to be around. So I think I'll keep them in my diet. I think Melissa looks good. She's short, so 113 is definitely a pretty good weight for her to be at. At least she's not trying to get down to a size 00 or something completely unrealistic.
syako syako 8 years
Googled it, said she's 5'2 so that's a healthy BMI.
syako syako 8 years
Yeah I have no clue. :)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I thought she was 5'5'' :shrug:
syako syako 8 years
How tall is she? If she's, like 5'0 then 113 could be a healthy weight.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Eh. I don't think 113 at 5'2" is that bad, Lauren.
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