Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Actress
Born: 1989

Nina Dobrev is the stage name of Bulgarian-born Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva. Her family moved to Toronto, Canada when she was 2 years old. She studied dance, rhythmic gymnastics and acting while growing up, and majored in sociology in college, but dropped out to pursue her acting career. She was cast on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2006, then left the show in 2009 to star in The Vampire Diaries. Dobrev has been nominated for and won several awards including Teen Choice and People’s Choice. She has also taken roles in a few feature films.Dobrev is a brand ambassador for Dior and an active volunteer for charities including breast cancer, hunger, AIDS research and the youth organization called WE. Dobrev has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs.

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Nina Dobrev’s Diet

Diet Summary

Dobrev does not like to feel hungry and prefers to eat several smaller meals rather than 3 bigger ones. She has tried various diets including vegan and low carb but found that clean eating works best for her. While she loves to eat, she is a disciplined eater and uses a few simple measurements to keep her portions under control. The fat shouldn’t be bigger than her thumb, the protein should be about the size of her palm, and she can have all the vegetables she wants. She sticks to wholesome, natural foods and avoids processed ones. She does not avoid carbs, fat, or any other category, but rather eats sensibly. She’ll get her protein in the form of fish, chicken, nuts and seeds, healthy fats from things like avocados, cheese and olive oil, and carbs from things like sweet potatoes, fruit, and whole-grain rice. She also eats a lot of salad which provides fiber and micronutrients.

Estimated Macros

  • Medium Fat 30% 30%
  • Medium Protein 35% 35%
  • Medium Carb 40% 40%

Diet Details

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Bring On the Breakfast

Dobrev believes a healthy breakfast is the right way to start the day and will usually make a smoothie from greens, coconut butter, fruit and protein powder.

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Wholesome Meals

Dobrev often has a hearty salad for lunch with greens, avocado and fish. She enjoys cooking, but if she is having dinner out, she’ll still stick to healthy options like a harvest bowl containing roast chicken, sweet potatoes, wild rice and goat cheese.

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Sensible Snacks

Dobrev keeps things like nuts, fruit and other healthy options in her bag so in case she gets hit with a hunger pang, she doesn’t have to compromise her diet.

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Juice It

Dobrev says if you’re watching your weight that alcohol needs to go. She doesn’t drink much at all, but does a lot of juicing.

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Captivating Cook

Dobrev prefers to prepare her own meals, and she and her friends will often pick recipes out of a cookbook and make them together.

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Restaurant Fantasy

Dobrev says she compiled a ‘bucket list’ of restaurants she wants to eat her way through. One of her favorite foods is truffles.

What to Eat

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Whole, natural foods

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Truffles

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Bananas

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Apples

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Berries

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Coconut butter

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Leafy greens

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Sweet potatoes

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Nuts

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Avocados

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Salmon

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Eggs

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Wild rice

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Olive oil

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Protein powder

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Chicken

What to Avoid

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Refined sugar

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Processed foods

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‘White’ carbs

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Artificial ingredients

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Chemical additives

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Red meat

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Alcohol

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Butter (in moderation)

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Dobrev On Diet

‘My whole mentality is that I eat what I want within moderation, and I have a little bit of everything. If you deprive yourself, you get moody and unhappy, and you have to enjoy life.’

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Dobrev On Her Cooking Skills

‘I love to try and cook. I’m pretty good, but I’m not saying I’m great.’

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Dobrev On Her Idea Of A Good Time

‘My way of discovering of what I like was to create a restaurant list and eat my way through it.’

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Dobrev On People Who Obsess About Food

‘Somebody who talks about how much they’re eating and counts calories is unattractive to me…I’ve seen people who are a nightmare to. be around because they’re not eating…I don’t even want to be alone with myself if I’m hungry!’

Nina Dobrev’s Fitness Routine

Weekly Workout Routine

Lifelong Habit

Exercise has been part of Dobrev’s life since the beginning. She competed in gymnastics and also took dance lessons, often spending 4+ hours a day at the gym.

Daily Dose

Dobrev tries to break a sweat every day, but it doesn’t have to be a formal workout. She makes a point to vary the routine. She might do strength training, yoga, HIIT or go for a run. She usually works out early so life doesn’t get in the way.

New Routine, Same Feeling

Dobrev says that while her workout has changed over the years, she still enjoys working out because it makes her feel and look good.

Groove With the Tribe

Dobrev likes to take classes with friends, and music helps her get in the groove.

Switch It Up

Dobrev does different routines to keep from getting bored, and also to improve in different areas, including cardio, strength and flexibility.

Long & Strong

Dobrev says she used to feel ‘skinny fat’ but once she added strength training, it really changed her whole body.

Transformative Experience

Dobrev says she loves yoga and finds it rejuvenating and allows her to be in the present moment, as well as maintain and improve her posture, core strength and flexibility.

HIIT It

Although she’ll still go for an occasional run, these days, Dobrev prefers strength training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). She’s a fan of Les Mills.

Cardio Boost

Dobrev used to run regularly when she was on Vampire Diaries, but she also likes cycling, swimming and other types of cardio, including volleyball. She had them build a volleyball court on set so she could play during break time.

Workout Style

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A Nina Dobrev Routine

Try to break a sweat every day. Do whatever motivates you.

Yoga

Strength Training

Les Mills (HIIT)

Cycling

Volleyball

Running

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Dobrev On Mixing It Up

‘Working out and shocking your muscles is so important, because if you do the same thing over and over again, your body will stop losing weight and toning.’

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Dobrev On Running

‘Running is my solo time; working my muscles outside in fresh air is therapeutic.’

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Dobrev On Exercise

‘Exercising gives me endorphins and energy.’

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Dobrev On Working Out

‘When I work out, I feel happy, confident and accomplished.’

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Dobrev On Yoga

‘Yoga changed my life. Hopefully, it will do that for others.’

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Dobrev On Curves

‘I’ve realized skinny isn’t necessarily attractive. Guys like girls with curves.’

Nina Dobrev’s Supplements

Protein Powder

Protein

Most mornings, Dobrev has a smoothie with whey protein to help fuel her day, and feel fuller, longer.

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antioxidant

Antioxidants

Dobrev drinks a lot of fresh-pressed juice, but if you’re not crazy about juicing, you can get your antioxidants including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K as well as other phytonutrients in supplement form.

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Fiber

Fiber

Dobrev eats plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains, not to mention things like Kind bars, but if you’re falling short in this area, you can always supplement. It is important to get enough fiber for proper digestion, weight management and to feel full.

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Nina Dobrev’s Lifestyle

Solid Eight

Dobrev says she needs her sleep, and got quite deprived on  Vampire Diaries where they often shot at night. These days, she tries to get a full 8 hours. She also says everyone should be sure to remove makeup before going to bed so you don’t wake up looking like a discarded painting.

Total Tomboy

Dobrev says she’s a slave to comfort and is pretty much a tomboy when left to her own devices. She also avoids reading best-dressed lists.

Keep On the Sunny Side

Dobrev says she always tries to stay positive, and treat others kindly, because this is how she wants to be treated.

Pass on the O-Positive

Dobrev admits to being extremely squeamish about anything blood-related.

Rebel Yell

Dobrev says she’s mounting a campaign against high heels as being inhumane.

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Dobrev On Sleeping In Makeup

‘You wake up looking like a painting that’s been left out in a rainstorm.’

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Dobrev On Self-Discovery

‘Sometimes the only way to discover who we are is by figuring out who we are not.’

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Dobrev On Positivity

 ‘I don’t like any kind of negativity. I try to be good to everyone, whether it’s a love, a friend, an ex. I’ll always try to treat people the way I want to be treated.’

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Dobrev On Staying Young

 ‘Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.’

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Dobrev On Being A Tomboy

‘I was kind of a jock in high school. Beauty wasn’t something I spent a lot of time on.’

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Dobrev On Self-Improvement

‘I’m constantly trying to make myself better, to learn more. I didn’t finish college, so I feel like I’m always having to prove myself.’

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Dobrev On Blood

‘I literally pass out when I see blood.’

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