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Jenny McCarthy says gluten-free vegan diet is the secret to her hot bikini body

Jenny McCarthy's bikini body diet, workout and weight loss secrets

Jenny McCarthy is in fantastic shape at 41, thanks to a dairy- and gluten-free diet and rigorous cardio workouts. McCarthy, a former Playboy Playmate, said she no longer weighs herself because the scale can be misleading.

"The last time I weighed myself was 12 years ago, when I left the hospital with my newborn son, Evan, and I was 185 pounds," McCarthy told Shape. "Now I measure by how my jeans fit. My weight goes up and down a lot."

The 5-foot-6 Jenny, who tipped the scales at 211 pounds during her pregnancy, runs on the treadmill and cuts back on portion sizes whenever she gains a little weight.

"I was definitely up after the holidays last year, so I tried what everyone always says to do: running," she said. "I was on that treadmill every day for 45 minutes. I didn’t do anything fancy with intervals to spike my pulse rate, because I have palpitations and my heart can’t handle the intensity. I did a moderate pace and kept it there the whole time. After a few weeks, the extra weight dropped off."

For exercise, Jenny typically works out five days a week doing a combination of cardio and strength-training, and does yoga twice a week.

McCarthy, who previously revealed she converted to a mostly vegan diet, said eliminating gluten and dairy has dramatically improved her health. “[Cutting out gluten and dairy is] the best health change I’ve ever made,” she said. “I lost a few pounds and have much more energy."

Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, agrees. According to Davis, eliminating wheat promotes weight loss, melts belly fat, and prevents diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

"Wheat products elevate blood sugar levels more than virtually any other carbohydrate, from beans to candy bars," said Dr. Davis. “Carbohydrates trigger insulin release from the pancreas, causing growth of visceral fat. And visceral fat causes insulin resistance and inflammation. Wheat is, in effect, an appetite stimulant.”

Slammed For Saying Vaccines Cause Autism

McCarthy recently made headlines after declaring that she is not opposed to vaccinations, insisting her controversial anti-vaccine stance has been misconstrued. McCarthy said she has been wrongly labeled as being "anti-vaccine," when she is merely opposed to children getting multiple vaccination shots in one doctor's visit.

McCarthy's son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005. Jenny has courted controversy over the years after saying Evan's autism was caused by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine he received as a baby. In 2007, Jenny was heavily criticized after launching an anti-vaccine movement.

McCarthy has repeatedly stated that vaccines contain toxins that cause autism, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other behavioral problems, notwithstanding scientific research showing otherwise.

But she claims her words were misconstrued, and that the public should read beyond sensationalistic headlines if they want to truly understand her position. “I think people should read exactly what I have said instead of reading headlines,” said McCarthy, who's now focused on her upcoming wedding to former New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg.

Jenny said Wahlberg's proposal couldn't have been more romantic or sweet:

"One afternoon, my son walked into the living room with a piece of paper that read, 'Will.' He ran out, then he came back with another piece that said, 'You.' Then he came back with another piece that read, 'Marry.' Then Donnie walked in wearing a T-shirt that said, 'Me?' He was carrying the ring, he got down on his knee in front of Evan. I said yes."

McCarthy shared her fitness, success and happiness secrets in her new book, Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life.

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