CrossFit coach Natalie Anderson,earned $1 million after being named the winner of “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur – Blood vs. Water.” After experiencing dramatic weight loss during the six-week competition, Natalie is healthy again after resuming the low carb Paleo diet.
Anderson, 28, said she was alarmed how sickly she got after her “Survivor” weight loss, Examiner reported. “My body was wrecked,” said Natalie. “My hair was falling out. I lost all my muscle. I was so frail.”
Anderson, a CrossFit coach who usually follows the low carb Paleo diet, binged on Krispy Kreme and Chick-fil-As sandwiches for the first time in her life after returning from “Survivor.” Now she’s back on her healthy eating plan and cringes when she recalls her junk food binges.
“Now when I think about it, it’s so gross!” said Anderson, who mostly sticks to a Paleo diet of meat and vegetables. Natalie said her sister Nadiyah helped her get back on track with her low carb Paleo diet and CrossFit workout routine.
Anderson said she’ll use the $1 million prize to help her family and kick-start her career. “I’m going to buy my parents something really nice,” said Natalie. “I’m going to give Nadiya a nice chunk of change. And I’m going to try to be smart with it.”
Natalie said she may go to school to get a physical therapy degree and wants to open her own CrossFit gym sometime. “It’s totally possible now,” said Anderson.
Other celebrities who follow the Paleo diet and do CrossFit include Joe Manganiello and Tim McGraw, who credits the regimen for his 40-pound weight loss and rippling eight-pack abs, Examiner reported.
McGraw stopped drinking in 2008 and adopted the Paleo diet, an alcohol-free diet that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes and processed foods.
Research suggests the Paleo diet fuels rapid weight loss and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests 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, said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.