Lorraine Bracco on Maintaining Her 35-Lb. Weight Loss: 'I'm Doing Something Right!'

04/03/2014 at 11:28 AM ET

Lorraine BraccoSylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic; Kristina Bumphrey/Startraks

She’s known for taking care of others in her roles as a therapist on The Sopranos and a meddling mom on Rizzoli & Isles, and Lorraine Bracco confesses that her caretaking tendencies in real life led to her gaining weight she just couldn’t shed.

At 183 lbs., “The last person on the ‘take care of’ list was me. I let myself go,” she tells ABC News. But it ended up being taking care of her aging parents that finally got her to turn her life around. “We 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.”

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After her parents passed away in 2011, Bracco enlisted a life coach and cut out sugar, dairy and almost all gluten. And now, eating fruit and Kind bars instead of dessert, she’s lost her sweet tooth altogether. “I was a huge Twizzler eater … The other day I said, ‘I haven’t had this in three years,’ and I had half a piece,” she says. “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.”

Bracco has a new book, To the Fullest, coming out next year, which will share recipes, cleanses and tips — “It’s a body-mind-spirit thing,” she says. And despite the added benefit of looking fabulous in her clothes, Bracco’s mostly loving the extra energy she has. “”I am still a vibrant, contributing human being and I am not dead yet,” she says. “I laugh because I used to wake up and everything ached before I got out of bed. Now I jump out of bed! I’m doing something right.”

What do you think of Bracco’s body makeover? What’s your best great-energy secret?

–Alex Apatoff

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Mamagirl31 on

Everyone knows which is the after picture, I think. Any opportunity to be hurtful though I guess… I think she looks good.

Guest on

She looks fine in both photos.

Tango on

Now I get it, it’s an “after” and “after” photo. She’s maintaining the weight she originally lost, which is not reflected in either of the photos. Concise reporting there, People.

Skiiy on

Her arms, chest and waist are the exact same girth so where’d the 35 lbs come off, her behind?

Life goes on on

She looks great.

Life goes on on

All these hateful comments, you people probably weigh over 400 pounds and are ugly to boot.

HowTacky on

She definitely looks better. I saw photos of her at James Gandolfini’s funeral last year and she didn’t look so great. (weight-wise) Congratulations on the weight loss, Lorraine! And now I feel like watching Goodfellas again…

Guest on

I love Lorraine from way back when she was in Good Fellows. She’s a very talented actress. She looks so much better than when she was on the Soprano’s and that’s not only because she lost so much weight. I now love her on Rizzoli and Isles. Keep looking good Lorraine…your an inspiration.

Yes! on

You go girl! You look great!

Kimberly on

Ms. Bracco is a beautiful woman. She just happens to shine more on the after photo – not so much because she lost weight (which I can definitely see!) – but because she oozes with more confidence. You go girl! Hold your head up high!

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