Melissa McCarthy shows off 45-pound weight loss

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Melissa McCarthy Shows Off Recent Weight Loss


Melissa McCarthy turned heads when she stepped out for an event in Santa Monica looking noticeably thinner.

The actress has reportedly lost 45 pounds thanks to a healthy diet low in carbs and high in protein.

But this isn't a typical "diet." The 44-year-old made it clear earlier this year that she is happy with her curves and doesn't mind the extra weight.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy (L) and Ben Falcone (R) attend the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone and Joel McHale attend the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy (L) and husband actor Ben Falcone attend P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2014 at the Barker Hanger on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actors Melissa McCarthy (L) and Ben Falcone attend P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for P.S. ARTS)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actors Melissa McCarthy (L) and Ben Falcone attend P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for P.S. ARTS)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for P.S. ARTS)
Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. Arts Express Yourself 2014 at Barker Hanger on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends P.S. ARTS presents Express Yourself 2014 with sponsors OneWest Bank and Jaguar Land Rover at Barker Hangar on November 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for P.S. ARTS)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Melissa McCarthy seen at a ceremony immortalizing Melissa McCarthy with a Hand and Footprint at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, July 02, 2014, in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros/AP Images)
Melissa McCarthy seen at a ceremony immortalizing Melissa McCarthy with a Hand and Footprint at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, July 02, 2014, in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros/AP Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 included Melissa McCarthy, Frank Grillo and musical guest Billy Idol. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 included Melissa McCarthy, Frank Grillo and musical guest Billy Idol. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Ben Falcone and actress Melissa McCarthy arrive to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: Melissa McCarthy is seen in Los Angeles on July 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: Melissa McCarthy is seen in Los Angeles on July 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 03: Melissa McCarthy is seen in Los Angeles on July 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 02: Actress Melissa McCarthy is immortalized with a hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 02: Actress Melissa McCarthy is immortalized with a hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 02: Actress Melissa McCarthy is immortalized with a hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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An inside source told Star Magazine, "Melissa knows that fans love her big and beautiful, and she's not obsessed with dieting. She's just looking for a happy medium."

But this new lifestyle isn't for her. McCarthy says she's been focusing on her health for her children and husband, Ben Falcone.

A friend said, "Melissa realized she wasn't being as healthy as she could be. She wants to set a good example for her kids and she wants to be around to become a grandmother too."

We've seen other stars who have been motivated to lose weight for more than just a role or the cameras.

When Rosie O'Donnell returned to 'The View' after a seven-year absence, she not only had a new-found excitement for the show, she was also fifty pounds thinner.

The 52-year-old comedian had a procedure known as a vertical gastric sleeve, in which generally more than half of the stomach is removed, leaving a thin vertical sleeve.

O'Donnell credits her heart attack in 2012 and her marriage to Michelle Rounds for prompting her to take action. She said, "When we decided to get married, [my wife] said, 'But I want 40 more years and I don't want you to die on me, so you need to do something for your health.'"

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