Debra Messing set out on a mission to eat healthier, but not because she needed to shed a few pounds. In fact, her 20 lb. weight loss turned out to be a surprise bonus!
"About two to three years ago, I made a very, very big change [to] the way I approach nutrition," the 45-year-old reveals.
"I think it made a big difference in how I look or at least how I'm perceived to look."
The reason for the switch if not weight loss? "I made the change because I was just tired all the time," the mom to 10-year-old son Roman shares. "For a long time, I just accepted that was the plight of a working, single mother. You're juggling everyday."
But once she started eating "really, really clean healthy foods," Debra says the weight melted right off! "I lost like 20 lbs. – it wasn't my intention."
According to the Smash star, it wasn't easy to change her diet. "I grew up on fast food and candy every day," the New York-native says. "Pizza and french fries and burgers – I love food and I've always loved food. Vegetables were not part of my life at all!"
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Now, not only have her healthy habits affected her weight, but Debra says she's seen improvement in her "hair and skin and even the clarity of [my] eyes."
And her new go-to-snack? Green juice! "[It includes] kale and spinach and celery and ginger and lemon and cucumber," she tells ABC News. "At least I know I'm starting my day and getting a big shot of nutrients that I need. I start out strong."
Next up for the Will & Grace actress: a new television series called The Mysteries of Laura, in which Debra plays a homicide detective and mother of twins.
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