Fans of The Vampire Diaries experienced a bloody disappointment when Nina Dobrev left the show. But Dobrev is still alive and well in the world of entertainment, and she’s been reportedly staying slim with a combination of a low-carb diet and yoga. Is she preparing for a surprise return to The Vampire Diaries? Check out showrunner Julie Plec’s insights, and get the skinny on Nina’s stay-slim program below.
Talking with Digital Spy, Plec responded to the question of whether Nina will return just as The Vampire Diaries comes to an end. The showrunner revealed that when it comes to the Vampire Diaries finale, she has come up with two possible endings, and those conclusions are based on whether Dobrev returns in her role as Elena.
“She’s said she would [come back] and I want her to,” emphasized Julie. “So honestly it becomes a matter of logistics and if we become victim to logistics, then that would be devastating. I’m hoping that’s not even going to be an issue.”
Nina starred as a series regular on The Vampire Diaries until her departure in 2015. Viewers saw Dobrev’s character, Elena, “left in a sleeping trance at the end of the sixth season,” noted Digital Spy. For those longing to see her once more, Plec agrees that scripting a Vampire Diaries finale without Nina’s return would feel “really emotionally disappointing.”
Moreover, the showrunner pointed out that Dobrev’s character served as “the centrepiece, the heart and soul of the series, for so long that it would feel incomplete.” And although Julie is capable of creating a finale without Elena, she admitted she “would prefer not to.” Plec offered a hint about what she wants to occur.
“I do have an ending without Elena – but I hope I don’t have to use it.”
Just in case it doesn’t work out for Nina to participate in the Vampire Diaries finale, her fans still have opportunities to enjoy her acting skills.
Dobrev will take on the challenge of guest-starring in Season 7 of Comedy Central’s Workaholics, reported TVLine. In addition, she will appear in Paramount’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage starting in January and Sony’s Flatliners, slated for August.
When it comes to Nina and her possible return to The Vampire Diaries, CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed his desire to see her come back.
“We’d love to have Nina back. She was great for The CW. She was integral for The Vampire Diaries.”
Dobrev is famed for her fabulous figure that she’s flaunting on all these shows, and when it comes to how she maintains that sleek physique, Foods4BetterHealth revealed that Nina uses a combination of yoga and a low-carb diet as well as getting guidance from a personal trainer.
Hot yoga, done three to four times each week, helps Dobrev mentally and physically, according to the media outlet. Nina reportedly is a fan of the downward dog pose to cope with anxiety.
Although Dobrev attempted a vegan diet for four months, she shifted back to her regular low-carb diet, according to Foods4BetterHealth. That diet includes fish, eggs, lean meet, nuts, green vegetables, and healthy fats. Rather than an extremely low-carb diet, however, Nina does eat some whole grains, noted the media outlet.
For those who equate following a low-carb diet with cutting out all forms of carbohydrates, Self magazine talked to experts who emphasized that some carbohydrates are important for good health.
“It’s key to note that many healthy vegetables and fruits contain carbs,” pointed out Isabel K. Smith, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
“I recommend low refined-carb diets and LOTS of vegetables along with some fruit—so no, it doesn’t end up being low-carb, but ends up being low refined-carb,” clarified Smith. “No argument, more vegetables are better for your health!”
She recommends aiming for 25 to 35 percent starches, which includes unrefined grains and vegetables such as sweet potatoes; 40 to 50 percent non-starchy vegetables, and protein sources for the rest of the diet.
Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., assistant professor of nutrition at the University of South Florida, also warned that eliminating all carbohydrates is not recommended.
“Carbs are the main source of energy used by the body and the preferred fuel for the brain and muscles,” she explained.
Wright recommends skipping those refined carbohydrates and focusing on lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits.
Disclaimer: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. The Inquisitr does not endorse any of the diets or diet techniques mentioned in this article.
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