‘Total Divas’ stars offer shapely tips

I am not turning this column into Cosmopolitan magazine, but I have to say this: Are you ready for diet and exercise insights from the Bella Twins?

These WWE wrestlers — stars of E!’s reality show “Total Divas” — will act as Friday’s celebrity glitterati at the grand opening of Sugar Factory in Town Square.

So I got Nikki and Brie Bella on the phone for a Q&A, and when Brie lost focus for a second, Nikki berated her like a sister.

Nikki: “Hey Brie, do you want to stop being rude?”

Brie: “How am I being rude? You know I had to get a room key, I told you that.”

Nikki: “Wow.”

Question: “You’re both in better shape than most of us. What does a girl have to do to look like you?”

Nikki: “We do hot yoga weekly. I especially try to get it in two or three times a week. Not only that, I’m lifting weights every other day. And on my off days, I’m doing 30 minutes of cardio.

“It’s your diet (that’s more important). I do six days with no starch, no sugar, no dairy. But on that seventh day, morning till night, I get to do whatever I want, and I do a lot of sugar.”

Brie: “It would be a sin not to (eat sugar). You know women. It’s our No. 1 temptation. But because I am a professional wrestler, I have my designed cheat days. On those designed cheat days, I consume sugar all day long.”

Nikki: “You gotta keep that curve. That’s what the men like. That’s why I squat. Every time I lift, in my head, I’m singing, ‘Big booty ho, big booty ho.’ That’s what gets me through my workouts.

“The No. 1 secret that a lot of people have — and that people don’t realize is the best thing to look good — is water. Drink as much water as you can in a day. All of a sudden, you’ll notice your cellulite’s going away, your skin’s looking good, your water weight’s leaving you. Water is the No. 1 thing. And most of the time, it’s free.”

Question: “Do the Bella Twins ever plan to fight in Vegas’ UFC, as other WWE stars have?”

Nikki: “That would be so cool. But in the end: No. I’ve broken bones, and the healing process on broken bones is horrible. I just came back from a stress fracture, and stress fractures are so fragile. It made me think about the rest of my life. If I have kids someday, I want to play with them without pain.”

Brie: “The Ronda Rousey arm bar doesn’t look too pleasant. I wouldn’t want to get stuck in a (UFC) cage with that.”

Nikki: “But I could break her arm.”

Brie (skeptical): “You think you could break Ronda Rousey’s arm.”

Nikki: “Yeah.”

Brie: “I’d love to see that.”

Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at He blogs at

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