Marissa Jaret Winokur's red carpet look at the premiere of Wreck-It Ralph" was fabulous - and fabulous at showing just how far she's come on her weight-loss journey.
The 39-year-old actress has been working hard since April to slim down, and she revealed to "The Insider" in a two-part interview that she's lost 60 pounds, going from a size 14 to a size 2.
The secret, she said, was committing to focusing on calorie intake versus calories burned with a healthy eating and workout program - and, OK, hiring a trainer and visiting a nutritionist.
"I have an amazing trainer," Winokur said. "I work out two times a day ... I'm really, really active. I think the biggest thing is that it's become my life."
In the beginning Winokur was working out seven days a week, but she's lately cut it back to five - around 45 minutes with her trainer, and then she'll do something else active, like hiking, tennis, or hitting the track when she takes her 4-year-old son, Zev, to soccer practice.
Revamping her diet also took professional help, and she consulted a nutritionist for guidance.
"I'm really good at cheating different diets. I've done it all ... every single solitary diet. This time is the first time I'm cooking for myself," she said. "I definitely talked to a nutritionist. If you say to me, you can have as much broccoli, I will binge on broccoli. But that's not right either. Everything has to be in moderation, or your body gets used to a big salad. Portion sizes are really important. In the last two months, I've been able to go to a restaurant and find anything now. You can get a dry salad and grilled chicken pretty much anywhere."
Although some of us dieters wish it could be, weight loss hasn't been a cake walk for the "Retired at 35" star, and there are times she has to force herself to get moving or she feels hungry. "This is not an easy thing," Winokur said. "I'm not like, 'Oh my God! I'm losing weight and it's so easy!"
So what keeps her motivated? Her decision to try and live a healthier life. A doctor's visit in April revealed that her cholesterol level was too high, and that she'd either have to lose weight or go on medication.
"That was my wake-up call most of all," Winokur told "The Insider." "I'm definitely not the person that's like, 'I'm going to lose weight to fit in a dress' or 'I need to lose weight for a boyfriend or a job.' I've had a great career. I'm happily married. I have a beautiful son. I've never felt like my weight defines me."
Most people should aim for an LDL level below 130 mg/dL (3.4 mmol/L). If you have other risk factors for heart disease, your target LDL may be below 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L). If you're at very high risk of heart disease, you may need to aim for an LDL level below 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L). In general, the lower your LDL cholesterol level is, the better. There is no evidence that really low LDL cholesterol levels are harmful. ;-'^
her face is cuter heavier...
Your schwantz, perhaps, you copraphagic twit?
And isnt an overweight woman losing weight the true role model for obese girls? Some chunky monkey on television saying "I'm fat & proud of it!" may make husky girls feel better about themselves, but they're not helping them, nor are they hardly role models. We as parents encourage the youth of today to strive for financial success & responsibility, so why do many parents not show the same standards for their children's health?
Must be those "sympathy sizes" you hear about, where they basically sew a Size 9 tag in a Size 12 outfit. Instead of giving overweight people a way to lie to themselves about what they really are, why not give them motivation & encouragement to become healthier, happier people? And yes, their husbands would appreciate them more
Bloat-gutted bimbo will have it all back on soon.
WGAS about these nobodies?
as long as they are true to each other and like the baff who cares.
what size do you think she is in a pair of jeans–
She looks lovely. But she was clearly larger than a size 14. Looking ag the photos above she looks like she went from a 16/18 to an 8/6. Which is fabulous. But considering the growing obesity problem we should be realistic about body sizes.
I have to agree! She was NOT a 14 to begin with, she does look great, however!
Could not agree more!! Certainly bigger than a 14 to begin with, and a size TWO now?? On what planet....size two is SMALL. Kudos for the weight loss, she looks great, but that is no size 2. That's about a size 8.
You mean what "are" her numbers.
More like Slim Jim, mist likely, you big stallion.
Doesn't sweat much for a fat girl.
My son David owns the Reno Gaming Hotel with Reds Galman!
By pooping in the shower we can help the environment, and also relieve our buttocks of irritation caused by toilet paper.
kathy, mean is unhealthy and ugly. The fat in my left rump cheek is healthier and more beautiful than you could ever hope to be. I would also bet that you'd not be able to keep up with me and my large full-figured friends.
Hate and holier-than-thou kills. Thankfully there is a cure.
then getting my hair done
Q Ingin Skali Pnya K'kasih Yg Nrima Q Pha Ada Nya" Tapi Q Gx Mau Mnghrap Kan S'seorang Lg?...
this lady has worked so hard to lose the weight...i hope she does it!
she is doing a great job and she will get there.
Even if one is financially drained, one can have a disciplined exercise program, including pushups, situps, running etc.
Love to eat Apple Pie!
charles Cohn loved Sphagetti and meat balss.
A size 2? Hhmmm. She looks more like a size 6. Which is a completely healthy size. Why don't they just say that?
When I lost 50 lbs, I weren't from an 18 to a 12, so how on earth could 60 lbs transform her from a 14 to a 2? Not realistic and by the way there is no way she was a14 in the before or a size 2 in the after. I really wish they would stop with mentioning the size its really all about staying healthy and you can be a size 12 or 14 & be healthy. For me a.2 is completely unrealistic and I am happy with who I am
To deny that it bothers most men when their ladies gain weight and to assume when they do those men are nothing but jerks for desiring differently is ridiculous. Gaining weight can affect the relationship on many levels – including whether or not SHE will be around for the relationship and for the kids. And yes, most men do appreciate in-better shape ladies. It's how many if not most men are wired – so get over it. Can we suspend that desire and have loving relationships? Sure. Millions of men do. Just as millions of ladies wish their men would make better choices for their relationship – including losing weight – yet stick it out. Fact: People from all walks who are at a healthier weight live happier and longer more fulfilling lives and will tell you – as the celebrity does above – it's worth the continued efforts to get there. Do it first for yourself? But the others who care about and love you will appreciate it too!
Very thoughtful comment. Now come here so I can poop on your head.
My friends have had great weight loss using the MYFITNESSPAL application. This is a free ap for Mac and Android devices. I'm not a rep for the producers of the ap. I was recently turned on to it myself. One friend has lost 30lbs in less than 6 weeks. Another who recently started has lost 7lbs in 1 week. It helps you watch calories without restricting what you want to eat. Hamburgers..pizza.whatever.
I use MyFitnessPal too. It is wonderful.
Who is she? Now excuse me while I take a massive dump.
You are an anal-fixated , coprophagic twit!
I Agree with jenna. maintenance weight wont be a 2 unless she keeps on such a strict diet forever. I lost 50 lbs 2 years ago went from 14 to a 5 and was a little too skinny so keep my maintenance weight at a 7 and i dont eat dry salad lol. Its all about balance. She will figure that out though she got the weight off and thats hard work..keeping it off sensibly is the thinking part! Kudos to you girl!
Good for her. So inspiring to see a fellow large bodied dame go from fat and fabulous to fit and firey fierce!
Myfitnesspal application for mac and android may help.. It's free. Try it. What do you have to lose??
Fat and fabulous?? Biggest lie of the century. Keep telling yourself that. More like no self control glutton and dumpy fat gut and butt. I see you fat and fabulous people, who do you think you're kidding? It's disgusting American women wear their blubber with pride and exercise is picking up a fork. Go volunteer for the homeless and hungry. Maybe you'll learn something.
Poop on my face
I pooh, therefore I am.
I heard she poohs frequently.
Size 2? I doubt it. Maybe for two minutes, but not as her maintenance weight.
So she should stay unhealthy to make sure these girls have a role model? Thats dumb, if anything the fact that she lost weight should inspire those girls to live their lives in a healthier way. Although we all can't afford personal trainers and nutritionists it is more meaningful if you get there with sheer self determination and a little research.
I don't know. There are so few role models for "plus sized" young women. And when one does come along, they immediate lose weight and send a message of "unless you're skinny you're not beautiful".
Of course anyone normal is practically plus sized. With all this vanity sizing these walking skeletons are shooting for 0 or 2. Thin used to be 5-6,7-8. I remember – I was there back in the day. We were thin then not emaciated.
She was gorgeous heavy and she's gorgeous now.
I second that
She originated the role of Tracy Turnblad in the musical "Hairspray" on Broadway.
She looks great, but, she looks much older now than she did before. I always thought she was 10 years younger than she really was, but now she definitely looks her age.
I immediately thought the same thing! I didn't even recognize her when I saw the photo...it wasn't until I saw the before photo that I realized who she was. I always thought she was around my age (30) but now that she's REALLY showing her age. How strange.
I've always noticed that for many women and men both, age 35 it seems, weight loss definitely makes them look older. Losing fat brings out the wrinkles. Take your pick! I'd still rather be fit. I'm sure so would my husband.
yeah they say when you are older and you get to your recommended weight you should add 10 lbs to that to keep a more youthful appearance
Who is this person? What has she starred in? I have never heard of her before.
She used to pose for the "before" ads for Cheetos addiction twelve step groups.
Sad thing is that she thinks a chicken breast and a dry salad are going to satisfy her for life. You can't make a lifestyle change and stay blah. You can't sustain it. Low cal and high flavor works better in the long run. I wish her luck-it is hard. Oh starving isn't good either .
Good for her bu this is not maintainable. Most people can't exercise twice a day for the rest
of their lives.
Something else is gong to have to change later on.
He looks much better heavy!
IM SO PROUD OF YOU GIRLFRIEND I ALSO STRUGGLE WITH OVER EATING (BORED) SO PROUD OF YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IM READY TO TRY HARDER BECAUSE OF YOUR STORY GOD BLESS YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IF YOU CAN DO IT SO CAN I WILL POWER
Lucky husband. Usually it's the other way around (before pic on the left). Get off the couch, ladies, and your men will start to remember why they were attracted to you.
You're a complete moron, Sharon.
Amen Jena. Sharon you're an idiot.
Sharon it is sad that you think it is important to look good and feel good just for the guy!! What century do u live in? I'm sorry that all the work you do on yourself-based on your opinion is for the guy in your life and not for you. What happens to you if he is no longer around?
Girls, the truth hurts.
there are more reasons to being attracted to someone other than their looks..that is probably the only way you two are able to keep your men is because you have nothing else to offer
Fit mama...another idiotic moron.
as long as they get along and like to baff.
She looks great! But I have one complaint.... are they trying to say she was a size 14 in the "before" pic? There's no way. She's at least an 18 if not more.
You're wrong. She is around a 14 in that picture.
Oh Sara you have no idea so don't talk out your ass.
I completely agree. That would be a very large size 14. In the SMLXL sizing 12/14 is a large -she is clearly larger in the above photo.
she was getting to heavy-it was time.
Try 'too" heavy, genius.
she didn't become flatchested..thats great
She looks great.. Just hope she doesnt get too skinny cause it will make her look much older than she is...
you look fantastic!!!
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