But their union isn’t surprising, since Manganiello has had a crush on Vergara for a while.
When asked whom he considers sexy, Joe, who was named People magazine’s Hottest Bachelor of 2014, gushed over Sofia’s bombshell sex appeal.
“She’s got the curves, she’s got a beautiful face, beautiful hair, just gorgeous,” Joe told People. “Naturally beautiful. She’s feisty!”
Manganiello made the comments in May, when Vergara was still engaged to businessman Nick Loeb. The couple recently split, and Vergara is now canoodling with Joe.
At the time, Joe said he respected Sofia’s relationship. “I don’t go after other people’s women,” said Manganiello. “She’s got a guy. If she was single, I would be like, poof!”
Vergara credits a low-carb diet and Pilates workouts for her sexy bikini body, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
Manganiello is built like an elite athlete, thanks to the Paleo diet and CrossFit workouts.
The 6-foot-5 Manganiello is now 230 pounds of solid muscle, but was scrawny and nerdy as a teen.
Joe decided to build up his physique after he was unable to do a single pull-up during a high-school fitness test. The “True Blood” hunk detailed his diet, workout and success secrets in his fitness book Evolution.
Manganiello said his daily menu looks like this:
- Breakfast at 7:15 am: Granola with Fage plain Greek yogurt and a glass of water with Gold Standard whey protein.
- Mid-morning snack at 9 am: Another protein drink.
- Second breakfast at 10:15 am: Egg-white omelet with ham, peppers and feta cheese, a small cup of fruit and black coffee with Splenda.
- Lunch at 2:15 pm: Two oven-roasted chicken breasts with corn and green beans, and six baked buffalo chicken wings with hot sauce.
- Dinner at 6:30 pm: Italian-style salmon with leafy green vegetables and a cup of coffee.
Joe said anyone can work out, but not everyone develops a superior physique, because becoming excellent at something is a mental — not physical — process. In his case, failure became a driving force.
“Failure became a huge part of my success story,” said Joe, who has overcome alcoholism and homelessness. “I’m glad I failed. I’m glad I felt that way and decided to do something about it.”
Manganiello isn’t the only celebrity who has transformed his body with the Paleo diet and CrossFit. Country superstar Tim McGraw credits the Paleo diet and CrossFit for his stunning 40-pound weight loss.
McGraw now has the body of an athlete, and sports rippling eight-packs for the first time in his life — at age 47. Tim’s weight-loss success confirms several scientific reports touting Paleo’s effectiveness as a weight-loss plan.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Holistic health expert Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, agrees. In his book, Kresser said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats. What’s more, Kresser said you can customize the Paleo diet to suit your lifestyle and genetic blueprint.