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US ac­tress Melissa McCarthy has al­ways been ad­mired for her bub­bly per­son­al­ity and buxom physique. From play­ing the homely and sweet Sookie in Gil­more Girls to the hi­lar­i­ous Me­gan Price in Brides­maids, the ac­tress’s weight has al­ways suited the char­ac­ters she played. How­ever, when she got cast in this year’s ac­tion com­edy, Spy, she re­alised the role would be a phys­i­cal chal­lenge and be­gan train­ing with a mar­tial arts in­struc­tor.

This revved up her me­tab­o­lism and, cou­pled with a high-pro­tein diet, en­abled her to lose more than 20kg. Diet and ex­er­cise aside, she mostly cred­its her trans­for­ma­tion to a change in men­tal at­ti­tude.

“I truly stopped wor­ry­ing about it,” the 45-yearold says. “I think there’s some­thing to kinda loos­en­ing up and not be­ing so ner­vous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked.”

Not only does McCarthy look fan­tas­tic, she also re­ceived rave re­views for her role in Spy and says she feels “amaz­ing”.

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