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No Diet or Heavy Workouts for Maria Menounos! See the Fit Star’s Reasonable Approach to Fitness

You never know when Mario Menounos is going to strip down to her bikini, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The Extra correspondent, part-time WWE wrestler, and bestselling author of The EveryGirls Guide to Life is five foot eight inches of toned beauty, and isn’t afraid to show off her stunning physique. Maria recently sat down with E! News to discuss how she keeps up with her fitness while wearing so many hats, and the answers were shocking.

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The gorgeous Greek revealed that she never works out, but walks constantly and tries to limit her diet to foods “from the ground.” If that sounds like a typical celebrity half-truth, think again. Maria’s “everything in moderation” lifestyle is the most reliable way to sustain a healthy weight and keep her body running like a well-oiled machine.

It turns out dieting really isn’t Maria’s cup of tea either. “Diets are confining,” said Maria. “I don’t count calories. I just try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can.”
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Wouldn’t be Caught Dead Doing Yoga? DDP Yoga Was Made for You

I admit to shrugging my shoulders when I first heard of the DDP Yoga program, referred to as “Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga.” Originally titled Yoga for Regular Guys, I thought it was just some egotistical attempt at yoga by some inflexible macho man. I was wrong.

Developed by former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, DDP Yoga is not your average yoga. Just minutes into a high-spirited interview I had with Dallas, it was clear that he is not your average yoga teacher.

Muscle-clad, tatted, and standing at a lofty 6 foot 4 inches, you definitely wouldn’t want to be Dallas’ opponent in the wrestling ring, or meet him in a dark alley. But watching Dallas in action on his DDP Yoga DVDs, and speaking with him over the phone, left me inspired.
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Rulon Gardner Has to Lose 45 Pounds to Make Weight for the U.S. Olympic Team

We learned last month that former Biggest Loser contestant and Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner was going to try to make the Olympic trials and compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. While no controversy surrounds his two medals, one gold and one bronze in Greco Roman wrestling, it does surround his time on season 11, from which he voluntarily walked out. He was the first contestant in the show’s history to do so, although, rumors and questions surround his exit and NBC has never confirmed the real reason. In that night’s episode he said, “I ask to leave Biggest Loser for personal reasons.” Whatever the real reasons were, he left the show and went back to wrestling.

Rulon appeared on Brian Williams’ Rock Center tonight in a story highlighting the hard work it’s going to take for him to make it through the Olympic trials next month. At age 40, the once retired wrestler has to make weight like everyone else, but may find the challenge to be more daunting than it is for most of his competitors. He started season 11 at 474 pounds and in 16 weeks was able to lose 173 pounds. In the interview he said he averaged about 1.5 pounds lost per day while on the ranch, and with the right dedication, he can do the same in his wrestling gym and make weight on April 20. His coach said that Rulon is “working as hard as anyone else in the room.”
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Finding Fitness Saved Torrie Wilson From her Eating Disorder

Alex Rodriguez went public with his girlfriend Torrie Wilson, star of the WWE at Tuesday’s Lakers game in L.A.

With more male celebrities coming forth with wrestling divas (George Clooney is currently dating wrestling bombshell Stacy Keibler) it seems like waif thin arm candy is out and fit, toned physiques are in. Wrestling is a killer workout that can give a feminine figure some serious cuts. You have to be pretty strong to body slam someone through a table.

Imagine the confidence it takes to perform in tiny string bikinis in front of thousands of screaming fans in a wrestling ring. Or scaling a 10 foot wall in a Military-style competition to earn the title of Ms. Galaxy. You would think Wilson was the most confident chick in the world, but it wasn’t always so.

Wilson isn’t shy about discussing her eating disordered past. She admits that she was once anorexic, and then later turned bulimic. It became so bad that she landed in the hospital. In fact, it was her eating disorder that inspired her to enter the Ms. Galaxy competition. By overcoming her disease and falling in love with fitness, she has become a respected face in the fitness industry.


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Former WWE Wrestler Kim Nielsen is Fighting for Her Health in Biggest Loser 13

By Dani M. Stone

Kim Nielsen is used to being in the spotlight. She’s been involved with the WWE, wrestling under the name “Desire,” and later found success with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Kim was in the best shape of her life and even modeled for “Natural Muscle” magazine, but her career ended after breaking her back during a match six years ago. While pregnant with her third child she was secretly grateful for the chance to stay out of the gym and eat whatever she wanted. She quickly put on almost 100 pounds. Now at 252 pounds, she is reluctantly stepping back in to the spotlight of Biggest Loser 13 to compete on the pink team with “stranger” Emily Joy.

Being overweight finds Kim in strange territory. She has always been fit, playing basketball and softball in her youth, and later in high school she was the MVP and all-state athlete for both sports. It was her success as an athlete that inspired her to pursue wresting. At the height of her career she weighed 128 pounds and had only 10% body fat. After gaining 85 pounds in her third pregnancy and then adding on even more, 38-year-old Nielsen admits she simply gave up on herself.
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