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Melissa Joan Hart Finds Her Weight Loss Magic!
Popular performer loses 30 lbs.* for family
For years, Melissa Joan Hart has been one of America’s favorite actresses. From her stint as a teenager on Clarissa Explains It All to her network breakthrough Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, to her TV movies and her current hit Melissa & Joey, millions of people have enjoyed her work. And in recent years Melissa found a role she relished even more: Mom. However, after her 3rd child was born, she found it more difficult than ever to lose the baby weight. So she turned to Nutrisystem to get back in shape. In this exclusive interview, Melissa discusses her busy life, her family, and her 30-lb. weight loss.*

I was pretty slim my entire life until I started having children in my 30s. Then, as what happens to many women, things started to change: my metabolism started to slow down, and I had to figure out a way to get back in shape. I had to rethink how I was eating and what I was doing.

I was 30 after my first son, Mason, was born, and the weight kind of came off easily because I was chasing him around. I was a new mom: I was just so busy and so frazzled. But then with my second son Brady, it got a little bit more difficult and I had to work really hard at trying to lose the weight (as I was trying to do it on my own).

With Tucker, my third, it was really different. When I was pregnant with him I was gaining a lot of weight and I was very uncomfortable; my body just didn’t feel right. And once he was born, I knew I had to get rid of that weight because I was still sluggish and unhappy. I was having a hard time keeping up with my baby and my active boys—even simple things like walking up the stairs or bending down to pick up toys were burdens. I just felt awful, especially in the morning. Getting dressed, looking in the mirror, trying to pick what I could wear, trying on things that were too small and trying to hide certain flaws—all of that was depressing.

Adjusting her focus

I really wanted to be healthy for my active family and enjoy my life again. There was a moment when I just realized that the baby was old enough and it was time for me to focus on ME again and to make a difference in my life—so that I could be there for my family. Plus, in my industry (and society in general) there is a lot of pressure to lose weight—especially after having babies. A lot of my job is how I look, so it was important for me to make sure that I look a certain way for my career, too.

I just didn’t know what to do. I’d tried tons of other diets in the past. I found that these diets would work for a little while, but they were hard to stick to because I’d get tired of ‘em, or the food didn’t taste good. It was just too difficult for me to count things with kids running everywhere, an active husband, and a busy career (and, honestly, the last thing I needed to do at the end of a busy day was to count things or to go to a meeting where people could watch my weight on display!). I’ve also tried cooking healthy and living healthy, and it’s a lot of work and it never worked with my lifestyle—I’m too busy to always go to the grocery store and figure out meals for the week that everyone will like.
And here’s the thing: everyone thinks that when you live in Hollywood you have an entourage of people doing everything for you. The truth of the matter is I’m a working mom of three. I don’t always have time to go to the gym or have a trainer available to me; I’m traveling all the time. I did make an effort to stay active (spinning, hiking, taking the baby for a stroll), but it wasn’t enough. I needed more to help me lose the baby weight.

A menu for moms

So I found Nutrisystem and it made weight loss simple for me. First, I’m the kind of girl who likes to go out to dinner because I like to have a menu. I like to have food choices, and with Nutrisystem I get that. I absolutely love that the box includes all this food that I really enjoy in real life. In fact, I was shocked that I could eat mashed potatoes and pizza and things like that—food everyone’s told me for years you can’t eat if you want to lose weight. But here I can eat it, and it’s all already portioned out, so I don’t have to guess or count anything. But I do get to add delicious veggies and some proteins to it, so I also learned how to eat right at the same time.

Plus, it’s convenient: it’s delivered right to my door. Nutrisystem is also super easy to use because you can have it anywhere. Most of my food stays at home, but I also keep some in my dressing room. I keep bars in my purse, too, because they’re easy to take on the plane when I travel. (Having the bars in my purse saves me every time!) I also soon found that the protein shakes are my favorite way to start the morning because they fill me up and don’t make me uncomfortably full. So I can have a chocolate shake, add some fruit to it and I’m having a little sweet treat and getting all that protein.

That’s why I think it’s an especially great program for busy moms: because when you’re chasing the kids and going to soccer games and PTA meetings, your life can be really hectic. I run around quite a bit with my kids, so I stay in my car a lot and I’m driving all over the place, from hockey practice to the soccer field to afterschool activities, all the time. In the past, I’d sometimes skip a meal, but I don’t have to with Nutrisystem because I have the bar in my purse. And I know it’s good for me, too! Nutrisystem is also very family-friendly because I can just make my food in the microwave, sit down and join the family for dinner.

Jean therapy

Well, it was about one week after I got my first Nutrisystem delivery that I started to see the results. I was so happy, I got on that scale one morning, looked down and took a picture and sent it to my husband! And I started to see the weight drop and I started to fit better in my clothes and I could really tell the difference. About two weeks after that I got my first compliment, and they’ve just continued since. I’ve gotten so many compliments—from my husband, my friends, my colleagues, and even on Twitter—it’s made me feel great. (I feel like the bride every day!) I’ve even gotten many compliments on my legs—for the first time in years! All of this positive reaction has just pushed me even further to keep going.

But the person who’s noticed my weight loss the most is my mom because we work together and, of course, she’s my mother. She’s the executive producer of my show, so she’s honest with me about work and as my mom—and she’s given me some great compliments about my weight loss. And I have to say, it means the world to me.

The true test for me personally, though, was with my jeans. Within one month, I was able to go to the store and buy a new pair of jeans, which is huge for me because I measure my results by my jean sizes. That was so rewarding! And now, 30 pounds* later, I am still buying new jeans and, I have to say, I am wearing a size I haven’t worn since before my first son was born! Plus, I love that I can fit in clothes and nothing’s binding; almost everything in my closet fits nicely. I can even wear shorts for the first time in years!

And when I go out to eat, I think differently. With the way that Nutrisystem has worked in my life—incorporating the vegetables and the proteins; learning proper portions—it’s taught me that when I do go out to eat, I can look at the menu and I can make good choices now because I understand what I can (and should) eat. I understand portions. I understand what I should be pairing together. I understand that not every day has to be Thanksgiving! With Nutrisystem’s help, I’ve been able to relearn how to eat.

She did it!

The best part of losing weight is feeling “I did it!” I accomplished something I set out to do, which always makes me feel like I can do anything. I feel more confident and empowered, I’m walking a little taller, and I got the body I’ve always wanted. I have never felt prouder of myself! Most important, I feel so energized I can keep up with my boys.

I always tell people: it’s never too late to get healthy. I’m a mother of three, and I can still have the body I want and have the energy to run after those kids. Anyone can with Nutrisystem. I have and will recommended Nutrisystem to anyone because it’s easy, it’s delicious, and it works well. It sure did for me!

—Melissa Joan Hart

Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week.