Like many girls, funny lady Melissa McCarthy has admitted to struggling with her weight from an early age. “I think I concerned about weight too early, when it was only little-kid weight,” she told Rolling Stone. This anxiety followed her throughout her life – up to now. 

Despite as being a size six in senior high school and taking part in sports like gymnastics and tennis, she fell victim to the same body-shaming mentality a lot of women struggle with. It just got worse in her own 20s when she started putting less effort into her health and started to gain pounds. McCarthy was prepared to try anything in order to slim down. That included going on an all-liquid diet for around 4 months when she starred on Gilmore Girls. Although it was approved by her doctor (and resulted in a 70 pound loss), she told People she'd never do something that drastic again because it made her feel, “starved and crazy half the time.” 

That said, you've probably noticed the actress looking much trimmer again lately in some of her more recent roles. While talking to CBS This Morning, McCarthy revealed her surprisingly simple weight reduction secret: “I finally said, 'Oh for God sakes, stop worrying about it, also it could be the best thing I've ever done.” It might sound too simple to be true, but stress will surely be considered a factor in weight gain and there’s no denying it worked for McCarthy. 

McCarthy says she gets amazing now, elaborating: “I truly stopped fretting about it. I stopped over-analyzing, over-thinking, over-doing anything- I just stopped constantly being worried about it and I think there's something to kinda loosening up and never being so nervous and rigid about this that, bizarrely, did.” She also joked it could have been nice to find this out before she reached her mid-40s, but that just makes her even more relatable to the countless ladies who continue to battle those overwhelming woes about weight.