About Melissa Love
Melissa Love, AKA “The Westport Weight Whisperer,” is a certified nutritionist and weight loss expert, who ran the Ideal Protein Weight Loss department for a doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut for several years before venturing out on her own in 2015. She is an NYU psychology graduate with a Master's of Science degree in human nutrition from CSUN. Melissa rounded out her education with a number of other certifications including "Health Coach", through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Prior to this, Melissa was interested in acting, and had the fortuitous luck of starring in a Dannon yogurt commercial, which caught the attention of Norman Lear , the iconic television producer. He saw something unique and special in Melissa, enough to to fly her out to Los Angeles to meet his television partner, Bud Yorkin, who wound up hiring Melissa to co-star in a television series with Melanie Griffith. Acting work begot more work for Melissa (Steinberg at the time) and she became a successful working television series actress and writer, who collected a bevy of well-known industry and celebrity friends a long the way.
After marrying residential celebrity home builder Stephen Love, she became good friends with even more well-known people in the entertainment industry. It was then that she found a niche and need for nutrition/ weight loss coaching and utilized her extensive education to springboard and create her "Weigh Less With Love" company.
Her first group of weight loss clients were these famous celebrities whose homes her hubby had built. In terms of Melissa’s own weight problem at the time, she believes the catalyst for her to finally deal with a compulsive overeating issue coincided with the selling of her and her husband's Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles to Larry David and his wife, Laurie.
Melissa and Stephen then moved just up the street into the old estate of the late Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. "I had what anyone would consider the perfect fairytale life: Two beautiful girls, a great husband and friends, a thriving career, and an majestic estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean, except was miserable." melissa said she was in "fat-girl Hell", hating how she felt and looked and thought ‘Princesses that live in palaces aren’t supposed to be portly’.”
Her life-altering moment happened literally the first night in their new home when she and her husband clicked on the television and saw a rerun of a comedy series Melissa was a regular on, called “Bizarre,” created and directed by the late Bob Einstein (of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame). It was a silly sketch that relied on a play on words, where Melissa portrayed a hysterical woman reporting to a police captain and policeman that she had just gotten (bursting into tears) “graped.” The two men say, “You mean—” She cuts them off and screams “Grape! Grape! Don’t make me repeat it—Uck! it’s such an ugly word!” After she finishes describing what happened (substituting new words for the ones too painful to say) and makes her exit, the policeman asks the captain whether he believed her story. The captain responds, “Are you crazy? Who in their right mind would want to grape her? Did you get a look at the size of her bass?” (Referring to Melissa’s fat ass.) Gulp!
Melissa’s Oprah “aha! moment” hit her all at once and forced her into immediate action. Pulling an all-nighter, and with fierce determination, she barreled through a maze of moving boxes that contained all of her academic books on clinical nutrition, health and diet disciplines, and authoritative reviews of the many weight loss protocols at that time. One particular article that she read advocated the benefits of a diet based on the total removal of carbohydrates, allowing just protein and fats in order to achieve a ketogenic, fat burning state.
By 7 a.m. the next morning, Melissa was off to the library to formulate her own weight loss plan that incorporated the science of emptying the body’s reserve of carbohydrates to encourage this burning of stored fat.
This protocol became a world - wide success when Dr. Atkins came out with his book, touting this blissful state of ketosis, where, Melissa says, your hunger dissipates, your energy elevates and a host of other feel good physiological effects take over. “Finding Ketosis was like capturing the Holy-Grail”
During this time, Dr. Atkins had just come out with his new “Diet Revolution,” advocating much of what Melissa had discovered in her science texts, and it was the very protocol she was adhering to herself.
Cut to : Several months later, and a new Melissa emerges, having lost 54 pounds. In fact, she has maintained this weight loss and her healthy weight of 115 pounds for the past 26 years. Melissa attributes the deep connection she shares with her patients to the fact that she has walked the talk. She understands in a way only a “true fat girl” (as she says) can understand, “It’s the shame, self loathing and anguish one experiences being so out of control with food.”
Using the protocol that has worked for her, she has made it her life’s mission to “pay it forward.” Her thriving nutrition/medical weight loss practice (with Dr. Richard Koffler at the helm) addresses everything from obesity -related medical conditions, compulsive emotional eating and self-medicating with food, one's family health history and hormonal imbalances /dysfunction. She said "Individual's are genetically and biochemically different and have their own nutritional requirements..."One person's paella is another person's poison."
In other words, they treat the complex interplay of one's behavioral, psychological, medical, bio-chemical, and unique metabolic makeup to ensure long-term weight loss success. The critical finale to her protocol (and the most important) is her maintenance program. "Those ferociously fierce fat cells are just waiting for you to fill them back up.... Remember, Insulin chaperons sugar into all the cells for use and any remaining glucose not used for energy, is stored as fat." Hence, Melissa remains on carb patrol well after goal weight is achieved and takes her dieter's up the carb ladder, reintroducing carbs back slowly to make certain they're being burned as opposed to being stored as fat.
Finally, Melissa is at the forefront of advanced nutrition education and keeps up with the latest literature in integrative health, new evolving scientific research, discoveries and methodologies, takes on continuing education new coursework, and attends health expos, lectures, and medical conferences (with her physician husband) offered throughout the country.
Stubborn Weight Loss
Carb and Sugar Detoxification
Hormonal issues causing weight loss stagnation
Melissa is at the forefront of advanced nutrition education and keeps up with the latest literature in integrative health, new evolving scientific research, discoveries and methodologies, takes on continuing education new coursework, and attends health expos, lectures, and medical conferences (with her physician husband) offered throughout the country.