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Melissa Joan Hart's 40-pound weight loss: Her low carb diet and workout secrets

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Melissa Joan Hart feels fantastic after her 40-pound weight on the Nutrisystem diet, she told Us March 12.

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Hart, who gained 60 pounds during her third pregnancy, said portion control and daily cardio workouts are her weight-loss secrets.

Hart, a rep for Nutrisystem, said she likes being able to eat her favorite foods on her meal-delivery plan. Melissa limits pasta, rice, bread and potatoes on her diet and exercises daily by running, spinning, and doing cardio barre workouts.

The mother of three boys tries to make exercise a group event to keep from getting bored. "I make it a social event," she said. "I chit-chat with friends on walks or run with my husband."

Melissa still wants to lose an additional 20 pounds to get back to her pre-baby weight, but feels amazing right now. "I am really happy where I am," she said. I'm on a good path. I feel amazing."

Hart is now a happily married mother of three, but said she used the drug ecstasy during her youth and dated heartthrob Ryan Reynolds after meeting on the set of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Melissa detailed her on-set romances and acting adventures in her memoir, Melissa Explains It All.

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