Danica McKellar celebrated her 40th birthday Jan. 3 and looks better than ever, thanks to her longtime dedication to fitness and a healthy Paleo-style diet.
McKellar, who’s the mom of a five-year-old boy, credits a low-carb gluten-free Paleo diet, dancing and yoga workouts for her hot bikini body, Examiner reported.
“I’m very Paleo, very little processed food,” said Danica. “I don’t drink soda, I don’t drink coffee. I barely drink alcohol, I only drink water. I try to eat a lot of raw stuff. I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat very clean meat. I don’t eat sugar and white bread.”
The Paleo diet is an alcohol-free diet that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, and processed foods.
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.
Other celebrities who have lost weight on low-carb diets include Kim Kardashian, who credited a low carb, high-fat ketogenic-style Atkins diet for her 56-pound weight loss just six months after giving birth.
Low carb diets such as the ketogenic, Paleo and Atkins diets fuel rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Danica, who starred on the hit TV series “The Wonder Years” from 1988 to 1993, doesn’t deprive herself, but makes a point to fill up on nutritious whole foods.
The super-toned McKellar, who finished in 6th place on season 18 of “Dancing With the Stars,” said her usual workouts are low-impact and center around yoga.
“I do yoga, I actually have a yoga DVD called Daily Dose of Dharma,” said Danica.
Danica worked out up to seven hours a day for “Dancing With the Stars” with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. She said the grueling dance training was fun but exhausting.
After McKellar hit it big as a child star playing Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years,” she pursued a mathematics degree at UCLA and graduated with honors.