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CrossFit champion talks Paleo; Jillian Michaels dishes low carb diet tips

Learn about the Fittest Woman on Earth.
Learn about the Fittest Woman on Earth.
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What does it take to win the title of the Fittest Woman on Earth? After nabbing that title in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet believes that it takes confidence, hard work and cold winters, reported the Toronto Sun on August 8.

"Every year, you get better at finding your weaknesses," reflected Camille. And her success in overcoming those weaknesses resulted in first place among the women in the competition and a cash prize of $275,000.

To nab the "Fittest Woman on Earth" title, Camille competed in various physical challenges that lasted for five days. But she contends that her self-confidence had just as much to do with her award as her physical prowess.

"This year, I believed I could win. I knew I had the ability for it. Knowing that and doing it, it’s two different things," she reflected.

Other winners came from Montreal, Iceland and Michigan. "I think Canadian girls are tough because we have really rough winters," said Camille.

But it takes the right food to fuel her success. Camille told the Athletic Build that she focuses on eating clean. Her Paleo-style low carb diet includes "meat, veggies, some fruit and nuts."

Camille's must-have food list includes plenty of protein in the form of chicken, eggs and bacon. Her carb choices feature sweet potatoes and strawberries. Also on the list: Coconut water and dark chocolate.

Although she devotes up to six hours daily to training, Camille wants to encourage other women to follow her example. CrossFit "makes you look good and feel good about yourself," she said.

And those who can't imagine even devoting 30 minutes a day to exercising might want to turn to celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels for advice instead. She admits that she's finding it challenging to manage work, being the mom of two and staying fit, reported Today on August 8.

"I see how completely difficult it is to make time to get to the doctor for yourself, to get to the gym, to do something for yourself," said Jillian. "But what I ask of people is, instead of five hours a week, give me 3 and half hours in conjunction with good eating habits."

Jillian also advises using the food swap method of dieting. "If I can’t get you to eat organic, choose these fruits and veggies over those. If you are eating out, eat this and not that," she said.

Now that she's officially exited "The Biggest Loser" as one of the trainers, Jillian is focusing on expanding her fitness and diet empire. She offers an online diet program that features low carb diet meals.

A sample day includes eggs, bacon and berries for breakfast; salmon cakes and salad for lunch and chicken breasts for dinner. Enjoy a snack of Greek yogurt with pears.