Hairspray Star Loses 60 lbs; Marissa Jaret Winokur’s Diet Secrets

By iScienceTimes Staff on December 19, 2012 5:50 PM EST

Marissa Jaret Winokur on 'The Wendy Williams Show'
Winokur stopped by the 'Wendy Williams Show" to talk about her weight loss tips. (Photo: YouTube)

'Hairspray' star Marissa Jaret Winokur lost 60lbs since March, a huge weight loss milestone for any woman let alone one who spends her time in the public eye. Her decision wasn't a cosmetic one, Winokur said she lost the weight because she wanted to be healthier.

"When I was a size 14, I was super happy," Winokur told The Insider. "The Doctor [was] saying I'm not healthy...so I need[ed] to change my way of life. But, interestingly enough, there are moments in my life [where] I felt more comfortable in that body sometimes than in this body."

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The 'Hairspray' star loses 60lbs in less than year and attributes it to some commons sense weight loss techniques. Winokur tracked her calorie intake with an app called My Fitness Pal. Keeping track of her calorie intake with the My Fitness Pal app allowed Winokur to develop a diet profile that helped her stay on track for her calorie goals. She cut back to just 1,200 calories a day and ate a lot of "salads, 100-calorie bags of popcorn, egg whites and turkey apple sausages" she told US Magazine.

She also got a fitness boost from L.A.-based personal trainer Keith Anthony, whom she met with three times a week. The 'Hairspray' star lost 60 lbs, but for her the big moment came when she got a clean bill of health from her doctor.

"My cholesterol went from 220 to 149," says the actress. "I was crying like a Biggest Loser contestant when my doctor gave me the news."

Although the 'Hairspray' star lost 60 lbs. this year, she is so worried she'll gain it back that she hasn't thrown out her old wardrobe yet.

"I still have 'em because I'm sure I'll gain it all back. I know it's horrible, but here's the thing ... my fear is, what do you do? I have jeans that fit me great and what if I gain it back? I need those jeans," she admitted to The Insider.

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