As consumers search for new ways to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, celebrity diets have been a popular choice for both teens and adults. After all, if we eat and exercise like our favorite celebrity, we will eventually look just as good as they do, right? Unfortunately, many celebrity diets are not as practical, healthy, or safe as one would like to think, and you have to wonder if celebrities really live their lifestyle this way, or are they just looking for a quick way to lose weight, at any extreme, to get ready for their next film or television role.
In addition, don’t forget that diets are meant to be short-term and temporary, as compared to a lifestyle change, which is meant to be long-term.
Let’s explore some of the more interesting celebrity diets…
- Lady Gaga says she stays healthy by following a strict diet of salsa with grain chips, tofu, turkey slices, hummus, and coconut water. As part of her pre-show ritual, she’ll also include a little white wine.
- Demi Moore and Alicia Silverstone both follow the raw food diet, in which only non-cooked, natural foods, are consumed. Although this diet is high in nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and herbs, it has also been linked to nausea, kidney and liver problems, and even eye infections. Something else to keep in mind is that some components of fruits and vegetables are better absorbed if they are cooked.
- Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of the macrobiotic diet, which limits you to consuming only foods that are native to the land. This means no processed foods or imported foods. In addition, followers of this diet eat very little dairy, eggs, poultry, and meat. This makes the macrobiotic diet low in calcium, iron, and protein.
- Janet Jackson has apparently been a yoyo dieter since childhood. She allegedly will go months several eating everything, then for months, she’ll consume only salads, fruits, and Evian water.
- Halle Berry follows the 5 Factor Diet Plan, which was created by her fitness trainer. This diet lasts for five weeks and consists of following these rules: no junk food, five meals a day, five ingredient meals, a 25 minute fitness exercise program, and five cheat days in five weeks.
- Beyonce and several other celebrities are fans of The Master Cleanse, which has the reputation of being potentially very dangerous. The diet does not allow any solid food for 10 days – only a mixture of homemade lemonade, maple syrup, water, and Cayenne pepper (six to twelve glasses a day when hungry) is allowed. An easier and much tastier way of cleansing yourself is to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and staying away from junk food.
- When Reese Witherspoon has an urge to lose weight, she actually follows a baby food diet, and consumes less than 600 calories per day.
- Kim Kardashian’s solution to losing weight consists of replacing two meals a day with two cookies each meal. What she may not realize is that the cookies may contain more calories and fat than the meals she is replacing.
- Victoria Beckham has been reported to live on a diet of soya beans, strawberries, and lettuce. She also drinks two pints of algae and a seaweed shake every day.
- Mariah Carey is a big fan of purple foods – she claims that they prevent her from getting wrinkles. As a result, she eats nothing but grapes, plums, beetroots, and other purple-hued foods three days a week. Not that these foods aren’t healthy, but I would suggest some protein and carbs to go along with them.
- The Food Cop! No, I am hardly a celebrity, but instead of these celebrity diets, I recommend a safe and healthy eating plan that will allow you to live a healthy lifestyle – a variety of foods from all food groups, along with proper portion sizes! Everything in moderation, right? To learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, visit My Nutrition Boot Camp.