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Lorraine Bracco maintains 35-pound weight loss with low-carb diet and Pilates

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Lorraine Bracco has maintained her impressive 35-pound weight loss since 2011 by following a low-carb, gluten-free diet and doing Pilates workouts, People reported April 3.

The 5-foot-7 Bracco, who once tipped the scales at 183 pounds, decided to overhaul her diet and start exercising regularly after her parents passed away four years ago. Lorraine weaned herself off processed sugar by eating fruit and Kind energy bars, but since has eliminated sugar from her diet almost completely.

“I was a huge Twizzler eater," said Bracco. "The other day I said, ‘I haven’t had this in three years,’ and I had half a piece. I ended up spitting it out because I no longer have a taste for it. It was so sugary, it was almost like poison to me.”

For exercise, the former "Sopranos" star does Pilates three days a week. Lorraine, 59, had an epiphany after her parents' death, which forced her to take stock of her own health.

The last person on the ‘take care of’ list was me. I had let myself go. [My parents and I] were sitting there, dividing [their] medications, who gets what, when. It was insane. I watched and realized, ‘I don’t want to go like that.’ I want to live every day the best I can be.”

Bracco will share her weight-loss, diet and workout tips in a new book, "To the Fullest," which comes out in 2015.

Lorraine said her weight loss and dramatically improved health have given her a new lease on life. “I laugh because I used to wake up and everything ached before I got out of bed," she said. "Now I jump out of bed! I’m doing something right.”

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