Natalie Mariduena, who is president of YouTuber David Dobrik’s brand, has detailed her dramatic weight-loss journey that saw her shed 30 pounds in just six months.
The 26-year-old first gained fame through her work as the YouTube star’s then assistant, but made headlines after being featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, where her figure was praised for being real and attainable.
Since then, the LA-based content creator decided to commit fully to her health – and the results are clear to see.
Natalie has now debuted her new look after going through a six-month weight loss and training program that helped her shed the pounds, and lose 12 per cent of her body fat.
Natalie Mariduena (pictured left before her weight loss and right after) has detailed her dramatic weight loss that saw her lose 30 pounds and shed 12 per cent of her body fat
The 26-year-old first gained fame through her work as YouTube star David Dobrik’s assistant (pictured together)
The former athlete said that she began the weight-loss program to make health and fitness her ‘number one priority’
The LA-based content creator said that she had decided to commit fully to her health – and the results are clear to see
Just in time for swimsuit season? How the SI Swim model shed 30 pounds
- Natalie ran multiple miles a day and even got to a 6:39 mile
- She focused on weight training and boxing to tone her body
- The model changed her diet and began working out regularly
- She let herself indulge in pasta and other treats on the weekends, but stuck to a healthy diet and workout regime throughout the week
The content creator, who has 3.4 million followers on Instagram and also goes by Natalie Noel, had previously played soccer from age four through college but said that after she graduated, she lost her strength and fitness.
‘I used to be a soccer player, I used to be super fit, I used to work out all the time,’ she said.
‘When I first moved to [Los Angeles] I still worked out around three to four times a week and then gradually, you just sort of get out of that pattern.’
In an interview with People, the model noted that while she still worked out occasionally, she had not been committed to it so began the weight-loss program to make health and fitness her ‘number one priority.’
In a YouTube video, she noted that her goal was to get back to the point where she felt ‘most comfortable and most fit.’
Natalie trained under the instruction of her childhood friend Ilya Fedorovich, who owns the fitness and supplement company, Xeela.
She told People that after returning from filming a show for the Discovery channel where she ‘indulged’ in many different foods, Ilya offered to get her in the ‘best shape’ ever.
In the video posted to the fitness company’s YouTube channel, Natalie showed herself going through the six-month program and detailed the struggles she faced along the way.
One of the biggest factors in losing the weight was changing her diet.
Natalie described herself as a ‘self-proclaimed pasta queen,’ but knew it was not the healthiest option.
She told the publication that while she still indulged in her favorite foods, she worked to find a balance.
Natalie trained under the instruction of her childhood friend Ilya Fedorovich (left), who is owns the fitness and supplement company Xeela
In a documentary posted to the fitness company’s, Natalie (pictured before the weight loss) showed herself going through the six month program
Natalie explained that she felt like was finally ready to ‘commit’ and wanted to begin the journey for herself
Natalie (pictured before her weight loss) was applauded when she made headlines after being featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
During the week, Natalie kept on track and made sure to eat healthy while keeping up with her workout routine but would allow herself to indulge on the weekends.
She noted that ‘it’s all about moderation.’
And the weight loss opened up fitness goals that Natalie had never even dreamt of previously.
Natalie, who admitted at the start that she could ‘barely run,’ ended up attempting to run a 6:30 mile.
Starting out at 8:30, the model never believed she could achieve anything better on the track.
But, motivated to cut her time down, she began training her body with ‘a lot of sprints and practice’ to prepare.
This included various cardio exercises, such as running as boxing, as well as using weights and returning to soccer – all of which helped her tone up.
Natalie eventually achieved a 6:39 mile. And while she was disappointed at first, she then reminded herself that she got closer to her goal of 6:30 than she could have ever imagined.
In addition to losing weight, documented in the video was Natalie’s attempt at running a 6:30 mile (pictured before weight loss)
The 26-year-old model went through multiple body scans to document her body fat percentage
The influencer (pictured before her weight loss) has been the face of body positivity for many fans as she was praised for her real and attainable figure that appeared in SI Swim
Natalie (pictured after her weight loss) noted that during the week she stays on track and makes sure to eat healthy while keeping up with her workout routine
While Natalie (pictured before the weight loss) understands some fans may criticize her decision to shed off the weight, she noted that she loved her body before but ‘wanted to be physically superior’
The model (pictured before her weight loss) wants her fans to understand that she joined the program to ‘function better’
Now, the model maintains her figure by working out three times a week, and incorporating both cardio and weights
Opening up about her weight-loss transformation, Natalie, who had been a body positive role model for many, said that she understands some fans may criticize her decision to shed off the weight.
She explained that she ‘loved her body before,’ but was motivated to join the program because she ‘wanted to be physically superior.’
The model understands that her brand revolves around body normalcy and body positivity and that you do not have to be thin to be happy, but she wanted fans to understand that she joined the program to ‘function better.’
Now, Natalie maintains her figure by working out three times a week, and incorporating both cardio and weights.
She explained that since she doesn’t love going to the gym, she often opts for more ‘fun’ activities such as ‘yoga or hot Pilates.’