Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Natalie Maredwena shows off a dramatic weight loss transformation
Natalie Mariduina, Head of Brand for YouTuber David Dobrik, detailed her dramatic weight loss journey that saw her lose 30 pounds in just six months.
The 26-year-old first gained fame by working as an assistant to a YouTube star at the time, but made headlines after appearing in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, where her figure was praised for being real and attainable.
Since then, the Los Angeles-based creator has decided to fully commit to her health — and the results are evident.
Natalie is now debuting her new look after going through a six-month weight training and loss program that helped her shed pounds, losing 12 percent of her body fat.
Natalie Mariduina (pictured left before and immediately after her weight loss) detailed her massive weight loss that saw her lose 30 pounds and shed 12 percent of her body fat
The 26-year-old first gained fame with her work as an assistant to YouTube star David Dobrik (pictured together)
The former athlete said she started a weight loss program to make health and fitness her “number one priority”.
The Los Angeles-based creator said she decided to fully commit to her health — and the results are visible
Just in time for swimsuit season? How an SI Swim Model Lost 30 Lbs
- Natalie ran several miles a day and even hit the 6:39 mile mark
- She focused on weight training and boxing to tone her body
- The model changed her diet and started exercising regularly
- She let herself indulge in pasta and other foods on the weekends, but stuck to a healthy diet and exercise regimen throughout the week.
The creator, who has 3.4 million followers on Instagram and is also moving on Natalie NoelShe previously played football from the age of four until university, but said that after her graduation she lost her strength and fitness.
“I used to be a soccer player, I used to be very fit, and I used to play sports all the time,” she said.
When I first moved in [Los Angeles] I still train about three to four times a week, and then gradually, you get out of that pattern.
In an interview with the peoplethe model noted that while she still worked out occasionally, she wasn’t as committed So she started a weight loss program to make health and fitness her “number one priority”.
In a YouTube video, she states that her goal is to get back to the point where she felt “most relaxed and fit”.
Natalie trained under the guidance of her childhood friend Ilya Fedorovich, who owns the fitness and nutritional supplement company Zilla.
She told People that after she got back from filming a show for the Discovery Channel where she “indulged” in many different foods, Elia offered to get her in the “best shape” ever.
In the video posted to the fitness company’s YouTube channel, Natalie shows herself going through the six-month program and details the struggles she faced along the way.
Changing her diet was one of the biggest factors in her weight loss.
Natalie described herself as the “self-proclaimed pasta queen,” but knew it wasn’t the healthiest choice.
She told the publication that while she still indulged in her favorite foods, she worked to find a balance.
Natalie trained under the instructions of her childhood friend Ilya Fedorovich (left), who owns the fitness and nutritional supplement company Xeela
In a documentary released to the fitness company, Natalie (pictured before losing weight) showed herself going through the six-month program
Natalie explained that she finally felt ready to “commit” and wanted to start the journey on her own
Natalie (pictured before her weight loss) was lauded when she made headlines after posing in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit
During the week Natalie kept her on track and made sure to eat healthy while keeping up with her workout routine but would allow herself to indulge on the weekends.
“It’s all about moderation,” she noted.
And losing weight opened up fitness goals that Natalie had never dreamed of before.
Natalie, who initially admitted she could “barely run,” ended up trying to run the 6:30 mile.
Starting at 8:30, the model never believed she could achieve anything better on the track.
But motivated by her time being cut back, she began training her body with “lots of sprints and practice” to get ready.
This included various cardio exercises, running like boxing, as well as using weights and getting back into soccer – all of which helped her raise her tone.
Natalie eventually achieved a 6:39 mile. While she was disappointed at first, she then reminded herself that she was closer to her goal of 6:30 than she could have imagined.
In addition to losing weight, Natalie’s attempt to run the 6:30 mile (pictured prior to weight loss) has been documented.
The 26-year-old model has had multiple body scans documented her body fat percentage
The influencer (pictured before her weight loss) has been the face of body positivity to many fans as she has been praised for her real and attainable figure which was featured on SI Swim
Natalie (pictured after her weight loss) notes that she stays on track during the week and makes sure to eat healthy while keeping up with her workout routine
While Natalie (pictured before losing weight) is aware that some fans may criticize her decision to lose weight, she noted that she once loved her body but “wanted to be physically superior.”
The model (pictured before her weight loss) wants her fans to understand that she joined the program to “work better.”
Now, the model maintains her figure by working out three times a week, incorporating both cardio and weight training
Opening up about her weight-loss transformation, Natalie, who has been a body role model to many, said she understands that some fans might criticize her decision to shed the weight.
She explained that she had “been loved her body”, but was excited to join the program because she “wanted to be physically superior”.
The model knows her brand is about body normalcy and body positivity and that you don’t have to be skinny to be happy, but she wanted fans to understand that she joined the show to “work better.”
Now, Natalie maintains her figure by working out three times a week, incorporating both cardio and weight training.
She explained that since she doesn’t like going to the gym, she often chooses more “fun” activities like “hot yoga or pilates”.