Melissa Joan Hart Shows Off Amazing Bikini Body After Losing 40 Lbs.

04/09/2014 at 12:03 PM ET

Melissa Joan Hart bikini photosCourtesy Nutrisystem

It’s officially beach body season for celebrities, and Melissa Joan Hart is ready to kick things off in a big way. The 37-year-old actress is revealing her 40-lb. weight loss in a jaw-dropping hot-pink bikini.

Hart, who gained 60 lbs. while pregnant with her third son, teamed up with Nutrisystem to help shed the weight after Tucker was born in September 2012. She’s kept off 40 lbs. for a while now — even posing in a one-piece suit in February — but she now finally felt ready to rock a bikini for an upcoming ad. “It’s not every day I like to show a lot of skin,” she admits. “But these days I’m feeling confident.”

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The star’s weight-loss journey has also motivated her loved ones to lose weight (including her sister-in-law Sally Wilkerson, who ultimately dropped 136 lbs.). And Hart is inspired in turn by her husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, who helps her reach her goals. “He is the guy who is disciplined. His whole thing is ‘Stick to it, be healthy, be fit.’ He does it for me so I had to return the favor!” she says, also admitting that her looming 40th birthday creates added incentive to look “fantastic.”

While surely the attention she’s currently getting for her slimmed-down physique is a confidence booster, after losing 29 lbs. last June, Hart told PEOPLE that she became more comfortable with her size after giving birth to her three boys, Tucker, Braydon and Mason. “Being a mom made me stop being so hard on myself,” she said. “My priorities are my children.”

What’s your best weight-loss secret? How great does she look?

–Catherine Kast

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guest on

Wow. Whoever did the spray tan and either a)put her in pantyhose or b)photoshopped the lighting on her legs should be fired. Good for her for losing weight but she doesn’t need to be airbrushed/dressed up as something she’s not.

TRT on

That’s great and all but I think a lot of us are over these “big reveals”. Show your friends, show your spouse, show your family, stop showing the world.

Suzie on

Wow, that’s some serious airbrushing. Melissa Joan Hart is attractive already, but that picture looks really fake!

sara on

Her sister in law, according to a People article, lost that weight a long time ago. MJH didn’t “inspire” her.

Pam on

She’s my husband’s crush. I agree horrible spray tan and airbrushing. Her arm is streaky and her stomach looks dark in places.

Guest on

Thank you, photoshop, for making “real” women everywhere feel terrible about their bodies.

Jada on

I am not a fan of hers, but she looks great!! An inspiration to myself who needs to lose about 15 lbs.

Not another one on

Why is it every time a celebrity has lost weight they have to show themselves off on people magazine or any other magazine.
This is not Breaking News !

Tara on

She looks great! Too bad I’m not motivated to go join nutrisystem because every media outlet likes to photoshop everything.

Lane on

Her tummy looks wrecked still

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