Fad diets may get the tabloid attention, tempting you to give them a try, but are they really effective just because the stars are saying so? Better yet, are they safe? We’ve got a roundup of some celebrity diets you should never try, along with some real-world tips to an overall healthy lifestyle that will having you feel great without co-opting these crazy celeb tricks.
The Baby Food Diet
This’ll make you wither, no spoon require! The baby food diet, undertaken by famous dieters like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, was concocted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer, Tracy Anderson. Aside from the obvious lack of calories as this food is made for infants (!!), restricting caloric intake to as little as 600 calories per day, this diet—which calls for two meal-replacements of pureed baby food—also lacks fibre. Low fibre diets often lead to constipation, weight gain (can you say counterproductive?), nausea and fatigue.
Cabbage Soup Diet
So bad that nobody wants to claim ownership to having invented this one, the cabbage soup diet is a seven-day, extremely low calorie diet during which you live primarily off a bland cabbage soup along with some fruit and vegetables. Famous dieters of this temporary, short-term weight loss diet include Sarah Michelle Gellar, but the real problem remains: The weight you lose is bound to come back, along with some serious sugar cravings!
The Master Cleanse (aka the Lemonade Diet)
Sometimes referred to as the Lemonade Diet or the Maple Syrup Diet, medical professions have been warning us about the Master Cleanse—and perhaps that why it’s developed so many nicknames. A completely liquid diet for 10 days, this “cleanse” consists of a strange concoction of lemon, maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper. Beyonce reportedly lost 20 pounds in preparation for her role in “Dream Girls” using this diet, but not before it made her “evil”. Our thoughts? We’d be so hungry we wouldn’t be the nicest to be around either.
The Purple Food Diet
This color-coded diet is simple: eat nothing but purple (and dark red) foods for three days straight in an attempt to combat wrinkles with highly anti-oxidant foods like grapes, plums, beets and berries. Also known as the “Mariah Carey Diet” due to her loyal following of it, the real problem with this diet is its over-simplicity, which means you’ll be denying yourself protein, grains, calcium and sufficient calories during this period. You might be better off sticking with all purple when it comes to your wardrobe.
The Windex Diet
As crazy as it sounds, this diet is merely dumping cleaning product, like Windex, on your meal so you’re not tempted to eat one last bite. Popularized by (who other than) a Kardashian, Khloe to be exact, we’re not sure if any other celebs have picked up on this trend, but it’s been rumored that Nicole Richie has been said to douse her leftovers in soda to curb picking at a meal too. It’s pretty obvious why covering your food in a cleaning product isn’t an healthy option...we’ll stick to non-toxic food, thanks.
Real-World Tips for an Overall Healthy Lifestyle
Let’s leave the star studded fad diets behind and get back to reality. Here are some easy, effective tips to live a healthy lifestyle in the real-world:
Get 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Without a significant time commitment, 30 minutes of cardio from Monday to Friday will get you to the suggested activity guideline set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Focus on eating whole foods. Processed foods are everywhere, so much so that it can be difficult to spot when you’re eating healthy. To make healthy eating extremely simple, eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
Take healthy snacks with you on-the-go. Having healthy snacks like fruits, veggies and homemade bars or natural granola bars with you when between-meal hunger sets in will help you to avoid make unhealthy, spur-of-the-moment decisions.
Cut out late night sugar binging. Since you tend to burn more calories during the day, avoid late night sugar binging when your metabolism tends to slow down. If your sweet tooth needs satiating, eat your sweets during the day to maximize your time to burn them off. Consider some frozen berries or a smoothie to naturally kick your sugar cravings.
Prepare your meals ahead of time. Preparing your meals in advance will take the guessing game out of the process, and will help you to avoid more unhealthy, convenient decisions. If you know dinner is basically ready for you to whip up when you get home, you won’t be as tempted to divert to that pizza joint around the corner.
Celebrities may be talented, glowing figures of admiration, but they may not be the best advocates for the healthiest and most beneficial lifestyle choices. The real-world sounds a lot more appealing, doesn’t it?