The mom of three tells the magazine that she works hard to maintain her figure which has definitely changed after she had children. Melissa also says she is constantly on a quest to increase her booty.
"I know there's a lot of women who try to minimize their backsides . . . but I actually want a bigger booty!"
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Working out regularly is part of Melissa's routine. "I do a lot of squats and lunges to bulk and lift it up," she says of trying to increase her backside.
"I definitely work out now harder than I've ever worked out in my life," Melissa admits. "It came naturally to me before I had children, and now I have to work for it, which I'm used to. I've always been a hard worker. I don't mind working for it."
"I really do have a sweet tooth," she confesses. "I love candy. I really do. But I try to stay away. When I look for something sweet it's always fruit. I usually go for the berries." Melissa says she snacks on oranges, strawberries, and grapes.
Despite working hard to eat healthy, Melissa promises she does not deprive herself of Sunday Italian family dinners. "I'm pretty strictly weekends when it comes to alcohol," she adds. Soda, she says "doesn't exist" in their house. "We are seltzer drinkers."
Melissa says one reason she's such a healthy eater is to set an example for her children. "My daughter sees me workout all the time," Melissa shares. "I like to show them that I'm healthy. Their father likes to show them that he's healthy – and through that they'll see a healthy lifestyle." Melissa's kids are also involved in a variety of sports and activities and they strive to teach their children about balance.
"I was about 10lbs heavier than I am now when I met Joe [Gorga]," Melissa reveals. Apparently Joe told her she looked "thick" in their honeymoon photos. So romantical, Poison! "Everyone says that after I had
plastic surgery children, I got skinnier and skinnier after every child."
How to win fans and influence viewers, Melis! Melissa believes it's all the running around she does after her kids that keeps her slim. "I don't have nannies running around!"
"I'm a firm believer in showing a little bit, but keeping a lot a secret," Melissa says of being sexy."If I'm going to show leg, then I'm not going to show much boob. I feel like everything in small drips is great." Melissa says she loves showing off her stomach.
A video of Melissa talking about how she maintains her body is below, along with a photo from the shoot!
[Photo Credits: Us Weekly]
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Melissa & Gretchen in the Summer By Bravo ad! [Credit: Instagram]