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Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev: No Longer a Vegetarian

USMagazine, Thursday, April 28, 2011, 2:29pm (PDT)

Nina Dobrev's stint as a vegetarian didn't last very long.

In the first-ever Seventeen Fitness special issue (on stands May 3), the 22-year-old Vampire Diaries star admits it was hard to go meatless.

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"At the end of last year, I tried being a vegetarian for four months, and after awhile, I started feeling weak, like I needed more protein, more energy," she says. "Then I read a review an episode of The Vampire Diaries online, and in it the writer mentioned that I was looking too thin. I was like, 'Okay, maybe they're right.' It made me think: I need a burger -- a beef burger, not a soy burger."

Still, the Canadian-born star appreciates those who lead a vegetarian lifestyle.

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"I have so much respect for vegetarians and I'm so glad I tried it," she says, "but it just didn't work out for me."

Dobrev, who was a competitive gymnast before becoming an actress, learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

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"I've realized skinny isn't necessarily attractive," she tells the mag. "Guys like girls with curves."

As for what she likes most in a guy? "I like the Chris Pines and the Ryan Goslings -- those types who are fit but not too fit. I'm attracted to the low-maintenance, touseled-but-happens-to-still-look-amazing guy. I like effortless. A guy who wears track pants, a T-shirt and a hat and can still be causal. Not the "How much can you lift?" kind of guy. That doesn't matter to met at all!"

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