The world’s tallest female bodybuilder has revealed that she won’t stick to a strict diet this Christmas and will fully embrace the holiday season.
Maria Wattel, 42, trains three hours a day during competition and follows a strict diet plan to reach her goals.
But there are certain times when the nearly six-foot beauty claims to relax, and Christmas is one of them.
“December is vacation month for me,” Maria told the US Sun.
“It means I celebrate Christmas and the days around it.
“If my partner wants to go out for hot chocolate with cookies, I will.”
At 5 feet 11.92 inches, Maria holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest professional female bodybuilder and works hard to maintain her incredible physique.
She also prefers to maintain a “balance between muscle and femininity” and is a firm believer in enjoying life to the fullest.
For Maria, that means making time for her loved ones, and the festive season is the perfect time for that.
“There are a lot of bodybuilders who want to kill me for that, but I have to keep a balance between my personal life and my professional career.
“Even if you’re a CEO, you can’t devote your life to the business because it’s going to hurt your personal life, your family, everyone.
“You may end up with money in the bank, but you may be pretty unhappy.
“I love my job, but I also love the people around me and the understanding they have for me at a time that really matters.”
She added: “When I go to shows, I should show them the same respect and understanding.
Maria lives in Athens, Greece and is taller than many men who go to the gym.
She told the US Sun that some men can sometimes seem jealous of their body shape, adding that she was once spat on in the street.
But despite having to warn her peers that her height has attracted attention in public, the bodybuilder remains confident in her skin.
“I like being myself,” she said.
“I love my job and that comes with the package.
“If I was shorter, no one would have noticed me.”
“It would be really cool if just about every woman on the planet tried some form of bodybuilding therapy,” she added.
“As a form of meditation, as a form of trying to unwind and understand yourself.
“I want girls to look up to women and say I want to be like this. She’s so powerful, so pure, so real.
“You can learn a lot from bodybuilders.”