Mindy Kaling left fans with their jaws on the floor after she showcased her dramatic body transformation in a series of revealing outfits at the Oscars 2023 on Sunday night.
The Office alum, 43, highlighted her more slimline physique in style as she wowed in two custom Vera Wang gowns at the 95th Academy Awards held in the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Following months of making headline for her ongoing weight loss, Mindy once again showed off her newly svelte figure – which she claims to have achieved by eating smaller portions of her favorite foods, resulting in a 40lb weight loss.
Despite initial speculation that she might have embarked on a dramatic new diet, the mom-of-two insisted in April last yet that she continues to ‘eat what I like to eat’ – but ‘less of it.’
Mindy Kaling turned hers in a custom white Vera Wang gown at the Oscars on Sunday
Mindy’s outing, pictured left in 2023, once again showcased her dramatic body transformation in recent years (pictured right in 2020)
‘Honestly, I didn’t really do anything differently,’ she told Entertainment Weekly. ‘I eat what I like to eat. If I do any kind of restrictive diet, it never really works for me. I just eat less of it.’
She continued: ‘I wish there was something more juicy or dynamic about the way that I’ve lost a little bit of weight, but that’s the way I’ve done it.’
Mindy did, however, admit that she had previously adopted a much stricter food regime to lose weight after welcoming her daughter Katherine in 2017.
‘After I had my daughter I had to shoot a movie like two months later, so I was very much like: “Just give me grilled salmon and sautéed spinach. I’m going to eat that for three months.”‘
Elsewhere, Mindy has also spoken out about the fact she chose to reframe her attitude to exercise, admitting that she used to think working out needed to be ‘punishing’.
Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in June 1979, The Mindy Project star has previously explained that she had long running issues with feeling confident about her figure.
In fact, her body confidence journey took a major knock around 2004 or 2005 after a fellow writer suggested she write jokes about her weight into her work.
In an interview with GMA in 2021, Mindy detailed the time unnamed coworker suggested that one of her characters should joke about her needing to lose 15 pounds.
The star highlighted her slimline physique in a second Vera Wang dress inside the iconic Dolby Theatre
The star has stated that eating smaller portions of her favorite foods has helped result in a 40lb weight loss
The actress found fame as Kelly Kapoor in The Office (pictured in 2008)
Mindy told People that when she stopped worrying about her appearance and starting thinking about her health, she successfully lost weight. Seen left in April 2022 and right in 2019
Instead of finding it funny, the then 25-year-old found the quip ‘devastating’.
She recalled: ‘This is my greatest insecurity and someone just called it out. It’s really devastating.’
To make matters worse, she had felt like she was taking care of her body at the time, with workouts every morning.
Mindy explained that the unthinking comment led her to question how others perceived her body in public.
‘I had a reckoning where I’m like, “People are scrutinizing [me], and not only are they scrutinizing [me], they’re verbalizing their displeasure with how I look because I don’t look a certain way.” That kind of dissonance has really affected so much of what I write about [and] the kind of characters I play,’ she explained.
‘Almost all of those kinds of things [in my work] come from something really real,’ she added.
However, her transition into being the mother of two young children helped her to readjust her feelings about her body and take a new approach to her fitness and wellbeing.
She described feeling ‘so much more happy and confident after’ the December 2017 birth of her daughter Katherine Swati and the birth in September 2020 birth of her son Spencer.
In the years that have followed, Mindy has been sharing information with fans about how she adjusted the way she eats and works out – and appears to be happier than ever.
Here, DailyMail.com takes a look at how Mindy has changed her approach of fitness and her physical well-being in recent years, and how she’s wowed fans with the results of her efforts.
Working out isn’t punishment: Mindy says mixing up her routine has been the key to her success
Mindy, pictured in 2022, has focused on ensuring she enjoys regular workouts and other physical activity amid her transformation
The performer, pictured in 2019, noted that she had previously been worried about admitting that she worked out
The actress explained that she likes to do everything from ‘jogging and walking to yoga and Pilates’
Mindy has been showcasing her weight loss through her outfit choices in recent months (pictured in 2022)
Like many stars, Mindy has highlighted the importance of regular exercise during her transformative years. However, the star doesn’t solely rely on high intensity routines.
During a candid chat with People magazine, Mindy explained that mixing up her routine has been the key to her success with working out and staying active.
The actress explained that she likes to do everything from ‘jogging, walking, yoga, Pilates, strength training, tai chi’ and more.
‘Surprising the body with lots of different things I think is really good, particularly for my body,’ she stressed.
Mindy also made the choice to put more energy into maintaining a level of well-being through fitness.
During the interview published in May 2022, she explained that she had grown past her old ideas about shaping her physical appearance.
She explained: ‘I’ve tried really hard to let go of this idea of losing weight for vanity reasons and really trying to think of how I can be healthy.’
The actress then gave her definition of what the term healthy had come to mean to her as she continued: ‘Healthy is working out, moving my body a lot, keeping hydrated, and then not having negative connotations around working out and making me feel like if I don’t do this, then I won’t be something else.’
Mindy, pictured in 2022, also made the choice to put more energy into maintaining a level of well-being through fitness
The actress, pictured in 2021, has praised the impact of exercises such as tai chi, as well as regular walks outdoors
The actress, pictured in 2022, says she has grown past her old ideas about shaping her physical appearance
The comedy writer then expressed that she had come to terms with not meeting her goals for routines on occasion.
‘I’ve really been mixing it up and knowing that if a workout doesn’t necessarily make me soak my clothes with sweat, that it still was a good workout,’ she said.
Mindy made a point of noting how much regular exercise had changed her life for the better as she continued: ‘I have some of my best creative ideas when I’m working out. It’s made me feel so confident. It’s made me feel so great and own the fact that I love working out.’
The Sex Lives of College Girls creator noted that she had previously been worried about admitting that she worked out to the public.
‘I never felt that kind of confidence to be like, “Yeah, actually, I do work out four to five times a week. Can you believe it?” I always felt like I had to be sheepish about it,’ she said.
The actress then remarked that ‘it’s normal to love movement and think about self care.’
For the foodies: The actress insists that she still eats what she likes but just enjoys smaller portions instead
The actress has made it clear that she doesn’t stop herself from eating the food she loves
She chose to shun a ‘restrictive’ diet and instead eats smaller portions of her favorite meals
The star gives hints about what she eats on social media, including a breakfast of fresh fruit and Diet Coke
Though Mindy has been seen sharing recipes for healthier meals with fans on social media, the actress has made it clear that she doesn’t stop herself from eating the food she loves.
After dieting on and off for 30 years, the star was falling back into old habits following the birth of her son in 2020.
Reflecting on her mindset at the time, she told InStyle: ‘I remember coming back from the hospital and I was like, “I’m going to eat salmon and spinach every single day for two and a half months”, and I kind of did it!’
However, by the end of the year the actress went on to tell Shape magazine that she would be adopting a less constraining attitude to food.
‘I would love to be the size I was when I was 32 or something, but I just refuse to beat myself up about it,’ she stated. ‘I love to eat at restaurants, I love to eat home cooking, and I don’t like restricting my diet.’
She shared that ‘as long as I’m getting enough nutrients and feeling like my heart and my lungs are really getting exercise, I don’t really beat myself up about that.’
Ever since, the actress hasn’t been shy about sharing details about the food she enjoys since making the decision to transform her figure.
In March 2022, the Never Have I Ever creator revealed she had cooked Indian potatoes for breakfast- which appeared to have cilantro and red onions included.
Elsewhere, she also said that she put a Challah roll in her purse during a dinner party so she could have it for breakfast the next morning.
The actress hasn’t been shy about sharing details about the food she enjoys since making the decision to transform her figure
The home cook recently made on a New York Times recipe for mushroom and gnocchi
The actress has been sharing her love for healthy green smoothies after being inspired by the recipes of famous friends such as Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon
Fans of of the actress have also been able to get inspiration thanks to her decision to share recipes and meal ideas on social media.
In April 2022, the sitcom star revealed she had embraced ‘Meatless Monday’ and confirmed that she still enjoys pasta-based meals.
While sharing a video of herself making gnocchi, she also revealed her love for ‘sheet pan recipes’ and stated: ‘I am lazy AF and they are so much fun.’
When making sheet pan gnocchi with mushroom and spinach, The Morning Show actress marveled over the three different types of mushroom for the meal; shitaki, portobella and oyster.
She exclaimed: ‘The oyster ones that look like they’re from Middle Earth. I’m so excited about chopping these up and eating them.’
November 2022 saw Mindy again highlight the fact she doesn’t follow a ‘restrictive’ diet as she uploaded two images of herself holding one of Chicago’s most famous hot dogs from Portillo’s Hot Dogs.
In the first snap, she could be seen seated on a plane in front of her meal, a white plate and two dipping sauces, while the second saw her taking a bite into her hot dog.
Back in February, Mindy gave some insight into her current diet as she shares in Instagram image of herself digging into a plate of colorful fruit at the breakfast table.
Next to her was a glass of Diet Coke with a slice of lemon.
Elsewhere, the actress has been sharing her love for healthy green smoothies after being inspired by the recipes of famous friends such as Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.
Inspiring the next generation: Mindy says becoming a mother made her want to be a positive health role model for her daughter
Mindy changed her attitude towards fitness and her body after she became a mother in 2017
The star is mother to three-year-old daughter Katherine ‘Kit’ Swati and her one-year-old son Spencer Avu
Mindy hopes to educate her kids about physical well-being through her own fitness routines
Mindy has been vocal about the fact giving birth to her second child during the pandemic took the pressure off when it came to the toxic culture of ‘getting back into shape’.
Comparing the experience to when she had her daughter, Mindy mused: ‘After I had my daughter, I had to shoot a movie like two months later, so I was very much like, “Just give me grilled salmon and sautéed spinach. I’m going to eat that for three months.”‘
Mindy decided to reframed her attitude to exercise too, admitting that she used to think working out needed to be “punishing”.
The actress and comedian shared that she ‘tried really hard to let go of this idea of losing weight for vanity reasons and really trying to think of how I can be healthy,’ revealing that she now knows that her own goals involve ‘moving my body a lot, keeping hydrated, and then not having negative connotations.’
During her chat with People magazine, Mindy explained that she hoped to educate her daughter Katherine, four, and son Spencer, one, about physical well-being through her own fitness routines.
‘What’s really nice — and I feel so lucky — is I think I have this opportunity to set an example [for my kids] that it is normal to work out,’ she stated.
She specifically expressed that she wanted her daughter to follow in her footsteps with regard to fitness.
‘I really love that I can be that example for her and model that for her…I can’t wait until she’s old enough that she can be like my workout buddy, and just really like normalize fitness in our house,’ she said.
Switching up her style: The star has also changed the way she dresses which further empathizes her figure
Mindy’s approach to fashion has also changed in recent years, with the star more willing to embrace styles she had shied away from in the past
The Office vet now feels confident enough to wear white after she claimed in the past that the color not been very ‘flattering’ on her
Indeed, the star’s love affair with white continued on Sunday as she donned a white dress by Vera Wang
Mindy’s approach to fashion has also changed in recent years, with the star more willing to embrace styles she had shied away from in the past.
In December 2022, the Office vet proudly revealed that she felt confident enough to wear white.
It came after the actress previously remarked in the past that the color was not very ‘flattering’ on her.
‘I never wear winter white!’ she wrote in her caption of a series of images in which she modeled a strapless white mini dress.
She continued: ‘I was always so worried about it not being flattering and also about dropping food on it.
‘Last night @mollyddickson took me out of my comfort zone with this amazing satin blazer and strapless mini by @magdabutrym I loved it!
‘No red wine stains anywhere! Here’s to trying more new fashion risks this year!’
Indeed, the star’s love affair with white continued on Sunday as she donned a white dress by Vera Wang.
The dress had originally be made in black, but the actress chose to embrace the lighter hue because ‘who does white better than Vera Wang’.