Celebrity Diets: The Good, The Bad and The Fad
New photos emerging this week of Princess Beatrice looking slim and toned prove that having the ‘fat gene’ is no longer an excuse for us commoners to be overweight.
After many unflattering photos published over the years, (maybe it was being known as ‘funny hat’ girl at the Royal wedding that pushed her over the edge), 22 year old Beatrice has finally come back fighting and looking fab.
Perhaps, with all the media attention, it’s no wonder that celebs feel the need to stay looking perfect 24/7.
It seems no sooner have they popped out a baby then they’re already back to their svelt size four in the time most new mum’s would barely have paused to wipe the spit-up off their jeans.
But these celebs often undertake diets that go from weird to downright dangerous. We take a look at lengths some celebs have gone to in a bid to stay slim.
Cheryl Cole – The Blood Type Diet
X-Factor star Cheryl Cole claims she got that post-Ashley split figure in 2010 by embarking on the ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’ diet.
The diet involves sticking to the right foods to suit your blood type and other fans of the diet include supermodel Miranda Kerr, Martine McCutcheon and Sir Cliff Richard.
Her Diet: The diet is split into the blood type categories including:
- The O diet – Meat eating (high protein, low carbohydrate). Cut out wheat and most other grains. Engage in vigorous aerobic exercise.
- The A diet – Largely vegetarian (eating a high carbohydrate, low fat diet). Do gentle exercise such as yoga or golf and meditate to deal with stress.
- The B diet – The most varied diet of all the blood types and the only blood type that does well with dairy products. Engage in exercise such as moderate swimming or walking.
- The AB diet – The benefits and intolerances of types A and B, so most foods which are recommended for either type A or B. Engage in calming exercises and relaxation techniques.
Gwyneth Paltrow – The Macrobiotic Diet
She might mess around naming her children after fruit, but Gwyneth takes her dieting seriously, only eating 100 percent natural foods. Gwen confessed: “Being macrobiotic is basically about eating local, organic, seasonal food that isn’t processed, and that’s how I eat now, so it’s not that different. I haven’t eaten meat for about fifteen years. I eat fish, a little bit of dairy, not much milk, but I love cheese.”
Her Diet: The word ‘macrobiotic’ comes from Greek roots and means ‘long life’. It is a low-fat, high fibre diet that is a predominantly vegetarian, emphasising on whole grains and vegetables. The macrobiotic diet means no processed or refined food, meat, fish, eggs or dairy produce pass her lips. And she won’t eat food that has been altered by cooking either, surviving on fruit, veg, whole grains, cereals, seeds and algae.
Demi Moore – The Zone diet
Demi might be closing in on 50 with three children but the actress and activist keeps her body in tip-top shape for toyboy Ashton by using The Zone Diet.
Her Diet: The Zone diet has a 40:30:30 approach. That is, 40 percent of your daily calories should come from carbs, 30 percent from protein and 30 percent from fat. You should also have at least five small meals a day at fixed times.
The diet aims to stabilise insulin levels and stop the body from storing fat, helping you lose without getting hungry or run down.
Sharon Stone – Low G.I
While Sharon Stone might be already over 50, the actress still passes for at least 20 years younger. In 2001 her world fell apart when she suffered a brain hemorrhage, said to be the result of over-exercising and she needed emergency surgery. After this brush with death, the star decided to take life a bit easier.
Her Diet:Sharonnow follows the GI (Glycaemic Index) diet in a bid to keep her body slender and is also a Pilates fan. With this diet uses a system used to rank carbs according to their Glycaemic Index or speed at which they’re absorbed by the body (red foods have a high GI and are cut out, yellows have a moderate GI and are limited, and greens have a low GI and are privileged). Some of the rules include: Cut down on caffeine, replace bread, rice, pasta with wholemeal or brown versions where possible and reduce your alcohol intake. Don’t ban treats completely but stick to a few squares of quality dark chocolate after dinner.
Jennifer Anniston – Detox Diet
Back in her early Friends days Jennifer had a few curves, but these days there’s not an ounce of fat on her. And while being dumped by Brad for Angelina might have made most of us turn to the biscuit tin for the rest of eternity – Jennifer just went and got in better shape!
Her Diet: After giving up her three vices: smoking, alcohol and caffeine, Jen went on a detox diet rid her body of toxins, combined with a cutting out processed food. She also swears by glass of freshly-squeezed lemon juice first thing every morning!