By Team 1and1
From pre-med at the University of Michigan to fitness model, influencer, and actress: small-town girl Carly Diamond Stone never thought about growing her social media following. The model now rocks both the fitness and social media world.
With a Bachelor’s in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science and a passion for holistic health and nutrition, Carly has amassed an impressive Instagram following of over 47K followers (and counting!). Her mixture of fitness, fashion, travel, and behind-the-scenes snippets have built her a solid following, showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
All the social media glitz and glam aside, we sat down with 1and1 Life brand ambassador Carly to talk about her life as a fitness influencer, growing up and what made her the person she is today. A fitness expert on one hand but also a fun-loving and down-to-earth person, this girl is major #goals. Find out her best style tips, go-to brands, and pro-tips on incorporating fitness into a busy schedule. favorite brands and everything you need to add more sparkle to your life from what she wears to how she eats.
When did your personal journey into fitness begin?
Growing up, I played everything from basketball, volleyball, and tennis to running track and cross-country. I’ve always been an athlete. I trained daily, constantly—and yet I never realized what a huge part of my life it was.
When I went off to college, I decided not to run track, and instead focus on my pre-med degree. My training regime fell off completely, and I started eating the typical college diet: the late night pizza, ice cream, carbs, and processed/fried foods. My body definitely changed, and the food I was eating also impacted my mood.
That’s when I started to slowly educate myself on healthy eating and fitness. But it wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles that I really began my personal journey into fitness and nutrition. I decided to start working out with trainers, but it seemed that each personal trainer was training me incorrectly for the physique I wanted.
I started reading nutrition articles every chance I got, researching how different body types react to different training styles and diets, and became more interested in holistic health. I found a training style I loved, and I now focus more on what I’m actually putting into my body to fuel it. As the saying goes, “You can’t out-train a bad diet.”
I try to get at least a 30-60 minute workouts in every morning, and when I can’t make it in as often, I just make sure I’m eating super clean. It’s all about balance, and it took a lot of trial and error to find what works for me!
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in fitness?
Just put one foot in front of the other and take it day by day. I know that sounds cliché, but honestly, the first two weeks of any weight loss or fitness journey are the most brutal, no matter who you are. It’s a struggle to maintain that motivation and create your routine, but that third week is always when you start to see positive changes.
For those first two weeks, take extra care of yourself – be antisocial if you need to, stay hydrated, meal prep, relax, and take it easy! And as someone who specialized in sleep research, I cannot stress how important sleep is, both for your physical and mental health. I aim to hit 8-9 hours of sleep every night, especially those first two weeks back if I’ve taken some time off.
I can’t stress this enough: please avoid the scale! Muscle weighs more than fat, and I’ve had so many friends become discouraged by the number on the scale even though they’re seeing progress.
What’s your favorite way to keep fit?
I’ve learned to love long, slow runs and low impact bodyweight circuits. I have been working with my trainer John Benton out of Texas for the last three years. My favorite ways to keep fit are his body weight circuit training programs. You can check out his workouts on Instagram @john_benton_model_fitness.
Do you follow any diet?
I eat a plant-based (vegan) ketogenic diet. I know that sounds like a mouthful, but for me, a high fat, medium protein, low carb diet works best for my lifestyle. I will carb cycle every week or couple of weeks with cheat days. Every body works differently, and I notice I have the most energy and think more clearly when I limit sugars and starches.
What’s your go-to snack after a workout?
I avoid all protein for at least two hours post workout. I’ll snack on Moon Juice raw crackers, Brad’s Raw Foods cheddar veggie crackers, or some healthy fats (coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, coconut butter, avocado, or a dark chocolate bar) I ALWAYS have snacks in my car or purse just in case because I do not function well if I’m hungry. (Read: hangry!)
If I finish my workout right before lunch or dinner, I’ll make a huge, high fat salad with romaine or red leaf lettuce, arugula, onions, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, several types of olives, and avocado, and top it with white wine vinegar, fresh lemon, and hemp seeds.
What’s your favorite activewear brand?
I love workout brands that are versatile, ones you can wear for workouts and during the day. I’m a huge fan of flattering high-waisted leggings, and my current go-to brands for those are Victoria’s Secret and Alo Yoga. I’m also OBSESSED with the new 1and1 Life hoodie!
How would you describe your style?
I’m always on the go with work and my style changes with my mood, but it tends to be a mix of comfortable, edgy, and bold. Currently though, it looks like camo pants, crop tops, and combat boots!
Find and follow Carly on Instagram @carlydiamondstone