Unhealthy Celebrity Diets

It seems like all of my female friends have their faces stuffed in the latest US weekly or People Magazine on a fairly regular basis. Aside from showing celebrities tying their shoes, going out to dinner, and shopping for groceries, these magazines often glamorize celebrity diets.  The funny thing is, they try to show us these diets are so healthy and work so well, yet the people writing these articles don’t know the first thing about fitness.  That being said, even smart, intelligent women (and some men) buy into the diet claims these magazines and celebrities are making because it all sounds too good to be true.  What they don’t realize is they are only setting themselves up for failure in the long run.

With pictures of rail-thin celebrities gracing the pages, a seed of self-doubt may already be planted in our heads.  When we hear that Lindsay Lohan lost 20 pounds on her total cleanse diet (i.e. cigarettes and coke), we instantly think that these diets are healthy, and will work for us.  Let’s take a look at some of the celeb diets that have been featured in various magazines over the last year:

Anthony Hopkins  – “I was addicted to bread, cookies, whatnot. I love all the bad stuff,” he said. “My wife’s no dictator, but she said I must stick to a regimen. So I’m in the gym six days a week, I power walk, live on 800 calories a day. No pasta. No seconds. A sandwich occasionally.”  So, Anthony Hopkins is relying on a caloric intake that is recommended to sustain a 3-year-old child.  Does anyone really think he can survive on 800 calories a day for the rest of his life?  Of course not.  The weight is going to come right back on when he realizes this bogus diet is good for short-term weight loss but horrible for long-term health.

Kirstie Alley – Kirstie Alley has probably tried every diet under the sun.  Let this be a lesson to you.  Fad diets do not work.  If they did, she wouldn’t be blowing up and slimming down every few months for the past decade and a half. 

Jennifer Aniston – For a while, it was reported that Aniston was on a strict baby food only diet.  Aside from being a little weird, this diet provides nowhere near the calories needed for an average adult.  We preach lifestyle changes on here, not fad diets; are you really going to bring your two little jars of pureed sweet potatoes and stewed green beans to the next dinner party attend?  I don’t think so – get real.

Beyonce Knowles – Beyonce dropped an unbelievable (and dangerous) 20 pounds in two weeks on the “Master Cleanse Diet,” (a.k.a. The Lemonade Diet). On the Master Cleanse Diet, you drink a beverage (no food) made from lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 10 days. You’ll see a dramatic weight loss… if you don’t drop dead first. Plus, too much crash dieting will trick your body into storing fat instead of burning it.

Naomi Campbell – Aside from being a raving lunatic, she is also a horrible dieter.  Naomi has been known to diet on a mixture of maple syrup, cayenne pepper, water and lemon juice three times a year.  She consumes this drink and this drink only for weeks at a time.

Nicole Kidman – When trying to slim down for a movie Nicole often goes on a hard-boiled egg diet. The Australian used to have an egg in the morning and 2 to 3 eggs throughout the day.  I suppose when you have to look a certain way for a film, because it is your job, a crazy diet like this may be acceptable.  However, the problem is the magazines purport that these diets are beneficial and give them impression that others should try to replicate them.

Mary Kate Olson – Mary Kate often employs what she calls, “The Coffee Diet”.  She consumes up to 12 cups of coffee a day, which she claims helps her lose weight.  She’ll often stay on this diet for weeks at a time.  Coffee is an appetite suppressant which really curbs her appetite and let’s her get by on next to nothing.  Give this diet a try if you want to look like you are living through a third-world famine, otherwise steer clear.

Clearly, these diets are not a long-term fix for anything.  They have the potential to cause serious harm, nutrient deficiencies in your body, and potentially cause your body to store more fat in the long run.  Healthy, and sustained, weight loss is the result of a lifestyle change.  Forget crash diets.  Sure, they work for celebrities who want to drop serious pounds before their next movie premiere, but this is the reason we are always reading about all these different diets.  If there was a sure-fire diet that worked all the time, everyone would use it and that would be that.  The fact there are dozens of these crazy diets clearly indicates they do not work. 

Work on your portion sizes, food selections, and being in touch with your body so you don’t overeat.  These are three tips all the celebrities above could use.  Be smart and diet right and you will drop pounds slowly and steadily, but most importantly, keep the weight off for good.

6 thoughts on “Unhealthy Celebrity Diets”

  1. Magazines that glamorize these diets are doing a terrible disservice to their younger readers who look up to and try to immitate these celebrities.

  2. I am real confused about the idea that crash diets cause the body to “store more fat in the long run.” I thought the Minnesota Starvation experiments during WWII showed that the body does not become more prone to store fat following severely reduced calorie intake. I have come across this proverb that if you don’t get enough calories it will lower your metabolism often but nobody ever explains the evidence for this. Who proved it? What does this say about the findings from the Minnesota study?

  3. It’s just amazing how some people would take diet/exercise advice from these celebrities without questions or researching the methods being used.

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