Marissa Jaret Winokur: How I Lost 60 Pounds!

Celebrity Body Dec. 1, 2012 AT 4:15PM
Marissa Jaret Winokur on September 16, 2010 in L.A. and at a studio shoot on November 5, 2012. Marissa Jaret Winokur on September 16, 2010 in L.A. and at a studio shoot on November 5, 2012. Credit: Toby Canham/Getty Images; Marc Royce

Sixty pounds and counting!

When Retired at 35 star Marissa Jaret Winokur headed into the doctor's exam room in March, she was faced with a tough decision: Go on medication to treat her high cholesterol, or shed weight. The 4-foot-11 Hairspray vet, who beat cancer at age 27, made the decision to diet -- but kept her expectations low.

PHOTOS: Celebrity health struggles

"I thought I'd try to lose 20 pounds and see what happened," she tells Us Weekly's Ingrid Meilan. Seven months later, Winokur has dropped a whopping 60 pounds -- and seven dress sizes thanks to a revamped diet and workout plan. "It was the little steps. I think it worked because I was genuinely doing it for myself," the 39-year-old mother of 4-year-old Zev (with writer-producer husband Judah Miller) says.

PHOTOS: Amazing celeb figures

To whittle her middle, Winokur used the tried-and-true calories in, calories burned formula -- and tracked her food intake using an app called My Fitness Pal. Among her healthy 1,200 calorie-a-day eats: Salads, 100-calorie bags of popcorn, egg whites and turkey-apple sausages.

Once she added in thrice-weekly sweat sessions with L.A. personal trainer Keith Anthony, Winokur quickly saw results. "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."

VIDEO: Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper's diet tips

Intending to drop "maybe five pounds more, just for vanity," Winokur has also reaped non-medical benefits as a result of her slimdown. "At Bloomingdale's recently, the sales guy brought me a size 2 dress," Winokur recalls. "He eyeballed me and thought I'd fit in that!"

Beams the star: "If I can [lose weight], anyone can!"

How we use your email
X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Us Weekly and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

comments powered by Disqus

ADVERTISEMENT