The Top 15 Diets Celebrities Swear By for Weight Loss

When it comes to maintaining a fit physique, few people know how to do it better than celebrities. Though many follow a seriously strict fitness regimen, famous folks are also well-known for their precise dietary needs. And there are certain diets that celebrities have praised over the years.

Curious as to how your favorite celebs are eating? Here are the diets they promise keep them in the best shape of their lives (including No. 7, which may be the most sustainable of them all).

1. The 5-Factor Diet

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Celebrities who use it: Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox, Katy Perry

There are plenty of celebs who are fans of the 5-factor diet — and that may be because it’s a lot less restrictive than other meal plans on the list. Shape explains fitness expert Harley Pasternak is famous for starting this diet trend. Essentially, every meal should contain just five components: protein, complex carbs, fiber, fat, and fluids. Everyone following the plan should allow themselves five meals per day with just five ingredients each, and one cheat day is allowed per week that allows you to eat whatever you’d like.

Next: One royal’s sister swears by this diet.

2. The Dukan Diet

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Celebrities who use it: Pippa Middleton

This fad diet reminds many of Atkins — and if you want to live life like Kate Middleton’s sister, you should certainly try it. Healthline explains Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French general practitioner, created the diet. It consists of meals that are high-protein and low-carb. There are also four phases of the diet: The first two are when you’ll lose the most weight, and the last two are designed for the long-term maintenance of your goal weight.

Next: You’re definitely familiar with this favorite system.

3. Weight Watchers

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Celebrities who use it: Oprah, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Tina Fey, Jenny McCarthy

Weight Watchers is all about sustainable results rather than yo-yo dieting or quick fat loss that results in even more weight gain down the line — and that’s one of the reasons it’s regarded as one of the best diets available today. And the best part about Weight Watchers is that you can eat whatever you want as long as you stick to the “Points” system.

Many celebrities swear by the long-lasting results, too. Women’s Health reports Jennifer Hudson lost 80 pounds on Weight Watchers after the birth of her son in 2009, and Jessica Simpson lost over 50 back in 2014.

Next: This low-carb diet was all the rage back in 2003.

4. The South Beach Diet

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Celebrities who use it: The Clintons, Kim Cattrall, Nicole Kidman

If you remember the South Beach Diet taking the world by storm, you probably also recall celebs like Bill Clinton and Kim Cattrall endorsing it. The diet was created by Arthur Agatston, M.D., a cardiologist who found the best way to lose weight was to choose the perfect carbs and fats to intake rather than slashing them completely.

Agatston then created his three-step program to help his patients lower their cholesterol and lose excess fat. The program focuses on eating nutrient-dense foods loaded with fiber to help stave off cravings, WebMD notes.

Next: This diet requests you cook absolutely nothing.

5. Raw diet

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Celebrities who use it: Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Megan Fox

Hate cooking your meals? If you don’t mind totally forgoing processed foods, the raw diet may be for you. Healthline explains when you’re on a raw diet, all foods you’re consuming must be unrefined, unpasteurized, not heated above 104-118 degrees, and not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. Other preparation methods, like juicing, blending, dehydrating, and soaking, are favorable. And while most folks who use the raw diet are vegans, some do consume unprocessed dairy and raw eggs for protein.

Next: This diet is quite possibly the most popular in 2018.

6. The keto diet

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Celebrities who use it: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Lebron James, Halle Berry

It may sound like another trendy low-carb diet, but a number of celebrities swear by the quick weight-loss effects from the keto diet. Everyday Health explains in essence, the plan is simple: 75% of your food should be fats, and only 20% should be from protein, and the remaining 5% should be from carbs. After a few days, the body enters a state of ketosis, which is when it burns fat for fuel instead of carbs.

The keto diet certainly works for weight loss, but experts have raised concerns for those who follow it for long periods of time. Even so, it may help others with the management of Type 2 diabetes and epilepsy.

Next: This easy-to-follow diet is tasty, and nutritionists love it.

7. Mediterranean diet

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Celebrities who use it: Penelope Cruz, Brooke Burke, Rachael Ray, John Goodman

This meal plan describes itself as less of a diet and more of a lifestyle change, as it’s not nearly as restrictive as many other plans. Essentially, the plan is inspired by the cuisine eaten by those native to the Mediterranean — so that includes plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats (like fish).

Brooke Burke, a huge supporter for the diet, says it helped her get into the best shape of her life. And John Goodman credits the diet for his incredible 100-pound weight loss.

Next: This diet doesn’t require much chewing.

8. Juice diet

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Celebrities who use it: Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba

We know by now that juice “cleanses” aren’t the healthiest way to drop weight — but that hasn’t stopped certain celebrities from trying it themselves. The Sun explains this diet involves abstaining from solid food for a few days to a week in favor of consuming only juiced fruits and veggies. Unfortunately, many nutritionists find the diet to be high in sugar — and the body doesn’t need any help in “flushing out toxins,” either.

Even so, celebrities such as Salma Hayek have been incorporating have been consuming pressed juice diets from time to time for a quick slim-down, Shape notes.

Next: This diet comes totally prepackaged — any many celebs have spoken for it.

9. Jenny Craig

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Celebrities who use it: Valerie Bertinelli, Jason Alexander, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah

Jenny Craig doesn’t require any calorie counting or meal prep on the user’s part. Verywell Fit explains you’ll get a number of prepackaged entrees to eat per day when you’re on the diet, and you’re also encouraged to “volumize” them by adding more fresh produce. Those on the program will also weigh themselves once per week and can expect to lose around one to two pounds between weigh-ins.

You may remember certain celebs who lost a ton of weight on Jenny Craig, like Jason Alexander who dropped 30 pounds, or Mariah Carey who lost 70, The Daily Meal reports.

Next: Here’s another system that does all the work for you.

10. Nutrisystem

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Celebrities who use it: Janet Jackson, Melissa Joan Hart, Marie Osmond, Dan Marino

Here’s another easy system for those who want to take any guesswork out of their diet. WebMD explains Nutrisystem is a 28-day program that offers 150 prepackaged meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Between meals, you can also add in fruits and veggies to keep you satiated.

Does the system work? Certain celebrities are huge fans. Janet Jackson, for example, reportedly lost 50 pounds, says Us Weekly. And Melissa Joan Hart lost 40 pounds.

Next: This nutrient-dense diet will take you back to your roots.

11. The paleo diet

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Celebrities who use it: Jessica Biel, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Osbourne

The paleo diet has been picking up steam over the years thanks to its promise for a fitter physique and optimal health. Everyday Health explains the paleo diet only allows you to eat foods that were available for human consumption millions of years ago. That means all processed foods are out — but that’s not all. True paleo followers also don’t consume dairy, grains, or legumes.

Many celebrities choose this lifestyle change over any quick-and-easy diets. Spoon University notes Jessica Biel says it helps her stay slim, and Jack Osbourne lost 70 pounds thanks to the diet.

Next: Beyonce swears by this one.

12. The Master Cleanse

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Celebrities who use it: Beyonce, Jared Leto

This diet’s extreme and can only be done for a short period of time — but it certainly promotes weight loss. E! News reports to start, you must create a cocktail consisting of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water — and that’s the bulk of what you’re consuming for 10 days. It was also promoted as having the ability to “detox” your system, though nutritionists have since debunked this.

Beyonce loves the Master Cleanse, however, as she used it to lose weight for Dreamgirls.

Next: You can eat whatever you want with this diet.

13. Intermittent fasting

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Celebrities who use it: Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch

Here’s another way of eating that has exponentially grown in popularity. MSN explains intermittent fasting involves periods of eating and fasting. Choosing to fast for 16 hours and eat for eight per day is common, but for those who want an even easier route, 12 hours of eating and 12 of fasting also works.

Hugh Jackman followed the 16:8 plan while training for X-Men. And Jimmy Kimmel said he lost 25 pounds with intermittent fasting.

Next: This diet is seriously controversial.

14. The alkaline diet

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Celebrities who use it: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham

Robert Young, Ph.D., created the controversial alkaline diet. Health explains the diet claims certain diseases are caused by high acidity in the blood — so you should aim to consume foods that will balance your pH levels. Unfortunately, Young was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. And while the idea of balancing your acid levels through diet has been debunked by many nutritionists, his plan does promote the consumption of healthful foods.

There’s been a flurry of interest in the alkaline diet since certain celebs like Victoria Beckham and Kate Hudson have spoken favorably of it.

Next: You don’t necessarily have to be vegan to get the benefits of this diet.

15. Plant-based diet

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Celebrities who use it: Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Ellen DeGeneres, Bruce Springsteen

This is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle, which makes it one of the more sustainable options for long-term benefits. In essence, a plant-based diet means your meals are primarily composed of fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, and seeds. You can still eat meat when you’re plant-based, but it should be viewed as more of a side dish rather than the main component of your meals.

Many celebrities are plant-based, Nature’s Path reminds us. Ariana Grande eats plenty of daikons, lotus, and adzuki beans, and Natalie Portman swears by avocado toast for breakfast and vegan Mexican food for lunch.

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Fast Weight Loss 2018 Breakthrough Diet Plan Used By Celebrities, 3 Week Diet Creator Brian Flatt

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Fast Weight Loss 2018 Breakthrough Diet Plan

SAN DIEGO, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a time when many believe that you have to choose between “fast weight loss” and “safe weight loss” a new breakthrough diet is allowing people to lose up to 23 pounds in just three short weeks.

With such amazing results, it’s no wonder that the diet has quickly become popular among celebrities who often need to lose weight fast for a movie role or music tour.

But diet creator Brian Flatt points out that the diet isn’t just for celebrities.

“This diet has proven effective for thousands of people,” said Flatt, who is also an experienced nutritionist and personal trainer from Southern California. “It doesn’t matter if you are an ‘average Joe’ or a celebrity the diet can work for you – that’s because the diet doesn’t require you to spend hours in the gym or to buy expensive shakes, replacement meals or supplements.”

Called “The 3 Week Diet,” Flatt’s plan focuses on breaking down harmful triglycerides, which become that stubborn body fat that is so incredibly difficult to eliminate.

“Triglycerides can be targeted and broken down into fatty acids that are burned by the body for energy,” Flatt said. “Actually, when we break down triglycerides, it’s kind of like dumping rocket fuel into your vehicle’s gas tank. They provide the body with a great source of energy.”

In addition to attacking triglycerides, The 3 Week Diet also:

Corrects bad weight loss information that dieters receive on other plans.
Provides dieters with a simple, easy-to-follow weight loss plan. Studies have shown that difficult plans that include counting calories or extensive exercise programs simply don’t work because people don’t stay on them.

“When I set out to create this diet I wanted something that produced fast weight loss because quick results inspire a person to stick with the plan and I also wanted something that was so easy anyone could do it,” Flatt said. “All the incredible success stories that we are receiving is an indication to me that I accomplished my goals.”

Another big difference between The 3 Week Diet and other diets is that it also reduces, and even eliminates, cellular inflammation, which is another major cause of weight gain, and it seeks to control hormones that can keep a person from losing weight no matter how dedicated they are to “eating less and exercising more.”

To learn much more about The 3 Week Diet and see if it could be what you need to lose stubborn fat, please , or visit

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The 3 Week Diet focuses on three main components to help dieters lose unwanted weight: diet, exercise and mindset. Dieters learn what to eat, when to eat and how to eat to lose weight. They also get supplement and exercise tips to speed up their weight loss even more. Finally, they develop the mindset, or willpower, to lose weight and keep it off. The 3 Week Diet was developed by health and nutrition coach and personal trainer Brian Flatt. Brian is the owner of R.E.V. Fitness, a personal training facility based in Southern California.

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Ever wonder how a celeb manages to lose weight fast while you are struggling? Hint: It’s not healthy.

Here are 8 of the most extreme celebrity weight loss transformations.

Tom Hanks – “Cast Away Diet”

The incredible thing about Hanks’ transformation in this film is that we actually get to see it on-screen. He goes from slightly overweight, and pale to burly and lean in “Cast Away”, after he lost 55 pounds throughout the movie. The diet was admittedly extreme, as most star transformation diets are: he was forbidden to drink coffee, since he is admittedly addicted to lattes, and limit his milk intake. The staples of his diet were crabs, coconuts and coconut milk, which is also quite appropriate for the part.

When he was feeling hungry, he would eat loads of vegetables and fruit between meals. Drinking a lot of water helped him to stay hydrated. This diet, called the “Castaway diet” combined with at least two hours of working out a day, allowed him to fit the part perfectly.

Natalie Portman – “The Black Swan Workout”

Portman, who is already petit, lost 20 lbs for her lead role in “The Black Swan” in order to match the physique of a professional ballet dancer. She followed the routine, called “Ballet Beautiful” designed by Mary Helen Bowers, a professional ballerina. It required her to work out 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, most of which included working on dances for the movie, but also swimming and following the workout recommended by the program.

If you want to have :

  • Toned and lean legs.
  • High and tight butt.
  • Strong, defined and narrow core.
  • Strong but not bulky arms.

Here is a detailed Natalie Portman’s workout routine.

  • Stretch before each exercise.
  • Swimming (1 mile).
  • Bridge Serie.
  • Reverse Bridge Series.
  • Abs Series.
  • Inner Thighs Work.
  • Outer Thighs Work.
  • Arms Work.
  • Ballet & Dancing.

Bridge Series Eexample for a Tight Butt

  • Beginners: 2 sets, 8 reps
  • Advanced: 4 sets, 8 reps
  1. Hip Bridge – lie on your back, lift hips and butt off the ground
  2. Hip Bridge Pulses – shorter and faster now
  3. Demi-Plie Hip Bridges – only use your toes, keep heels off the ground
  4. Butterflys – open your knees, then squeeze closed
  5. Butterfly Bridge – up-open-close-lower
  6. One-legged Hip Bridge – do exercise for each leg
  7. One-legged Hip Bridge Pulses – shorter, faster, focus the highest point you can go
  8. Extended Bridge – similar to hip bridge, but spread your legs
  9. Extended Butterfly – raise hips as high as you can, up-open-close-lower

Michael Fassbender – “Hunger Diet”

To play Bobby Sands in a true story about a man who was an imprisoned member of the Irish Republican Army who died on a hunger strike, Michael Fassbender had to lose more than 40 lbs, making him almost unrecognizable.

His diet consisted of berries, nuts and sardines at only 900 calories a day for five weeks, and then he had to cut down even more. He walked for 4.5 miles a day, skipped and did yoga in order to speed up the process. He did, however, receive medical checks along the way. He said he felt like he was in a psychological prison, obsessing about calorie counting, but it also made him so grateful after the fact, having everything he needed.

50 Cent – “All Things Fall Apart Diet”

50 cent doesn’t look like the same person after he lost 50 pounds for his role in “All Things Fall Apart”. In order to lose the muscle mass, while still maintaining some definition, he took on a three-step weight loss progam. For two months, he consumed a pure liquid diet with a protein supplement and tons of nutrients.

It is important to note that many nutritionists deem all-liquid diet isn’t enough to cover your nutritional needs, and for the same reason it only works for a short amount of time before you plateau. 50-cent also got plenty of sleep, which is an important factor to both weight loss and ensuring and healthy lifestyle.

The liquid diet and the sleep, in combination with 3-hour workouts that included steady state jogging and running at 30-minute intervals, made 50-cent look the part. It is important note, however, that this weightless was drastic, and he required regular nutritional and medical supervision.

Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables Diet”

Hathaway lost 25 pounds and cut her hair to play the role of Fantine in “Les Miserables”. Because her character had to look sickly and starved, she went on a special diet eating about 500 calories a day. One fashion magazine reported that she lost 10 lbs through a strict cleanse, than 15 pounds while filming by eating small amounts of oatmeal paste.

She isn’t a stranger to extreme weight loss. Before she used to follow a vegan diet so eating only salad and greens and vegetables for “Les Miz” wasn’t a new thing for her. She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club Diet”

Leto, lead of the band 30-Seconds to Mars, has made this list twice for the incredible transformations he has made for the big screen. In Dallas Buyers Club he loses 30-40 lbs plays a transsexual woman with HIV. When asked how he did it, he said he “stopped eating” since he didn’t follow a strict diet and this ended in stopping Leto enjoying food. He himself doesn’t recommend this way of dieting to anyone and says it can be very dangerous.

Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club Diet”

McConaughey may have lost 47 lbs, but he gained an Oscar for the lead role in “Dallas Buyers Club”. Unlike Leto, he followed a very strict diet of 5oz of fish and a cup of vegetables twice a day to get his weight down to 143 pounds at 6 feet tall. His diet wasn’t enough to lose weight so he did a lot of exercises, burning 1,800 calories a day.

He said that while in some ways he benefitted from the process, finding new hobbies and ways to entertain himself including writing a lot more. Towards the end, however he started losing his eyesight due to the lack of nutrients.

Christian Bale – “The Machinist Extreme Weightloss”

Bale lost 63 pounds for his role in “The Machinist” said to be a record for any actor for a movie role. Here he is dangerously thin, and it is said that the actor wanted to lose 100 pounds but was not allowed to in fear that his health would be seriously compromised. According to sources, his diet wasn’t limited to strict foods or a certain exercise regimen. Instead he eliminated almost all food in general and his exercise avoided weight lifting.

Surprisingly, he didn’t seek medical counseling except for the visit before weight loss. In order to shape up again for Batman Begins, he gained 100 pounds in only five months after his role in “The Machinist”.

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Stars—they aren’t really like us. When we’re looking to drop a few fast pounds, we head to the gym for a quick workout a few times a week (or at least we say we will, then sit on the couch watching “Law & Order” instead), but celebrities spend a good part of their lives focusing on intense fitness regimens and diets in order to appear perfect at all times. Sometimes, however, they take it to extremes that are just plain crazy. Below, we’ve complied the 10 most shocking (and downright weird) celebrity diet and weight loss secrets.

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1. Jessica Alba: The 31-year-old actress confessed to Net-A-Porter’s magazine The Edit that she had difficulty bouncing back, body-wise, after giving birth to her children Haven and Honor. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it.” she said. “It was brutal; it’s not for everyone.” Yeah, definitely not for us.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow: To lose weight before promoting “Iron Man 2,” Paltrow doubled up on sessions with trainer Tracy Anderson and stuck to a strict diet. Every morning, she drank a glass of kale juice after her workout, then had a low-carb Mountain Valley wrap for lunch, and then turkey kale soup for dinner. She also allowed herself a glass of kale juice and a few almonds in the afternoon. Talk about living on the edge.

3. Jennifer Aniston: The 44-year-old A-lister has a killer figure—but it didn’t happen overnight. Aside from working out daily, Aniston once went on a baby food diet after being advised to do so by trainer Tracy Anderson. Anderson explained: “Liquid cleanses do help you lose weight, but you will gain more the next week. I wanted something where you can eliminate toxicity and break bad habits but still have your digestive system going. That’s when the baby food cleanse was born. You get to eat all day these little puree things, and the chocolate pudding I did is pretty killer.” We’re sure it was killer, but it’s still food made for babies.

Aniston’s also no stranger to dieting for movie roles. “I was on a very like, you know, greens and vegetables and lean proteins and kale,” Aniston said of her diet to play a stripper in “We’re the Millers.” “When I really wanted to have a cheat day, I had to have a kale chip,” she admitted. Doesn’t sound like a cheat day to us!

4. Padma Lakshmi: The “Top Chef” host may claim to gain 10 to 15 pounds when she’s filming the cooking competition, but when it came time to drop her baby weight, the 42-year-old didn’t mess around. She stated: “I woke up at 6 a.m., I nursed. Then I ran up and down 70 flights of stairs. Then I had breakfast, then went to the gym and lifted weights for an hour. Then I walked home.” Fun day.

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5. Anne Hathaway: When it came time to film “Les Misérables,” Hathaway had to slim down to play the character Fantine, a destitute factory worker who turns to prostitution and eventually dies in the film. So, she lost weight by eating two twin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day and nothing else. And that’s how you win as Oscar, ladies.

6. Christina Aguilera: Aguilera reportedly got her body in prime form thanks to the “color diet,” which only allows followers eat foods of one specific color every day. For example, Monday would be white foods—so you could only eat things like cauliflower and white beans. Do colored M&Ms count?

7. Elizabeth Hurley: The British supermodel is 47 years old and still looks impeccable, so what’s her secret to staying slim? Whenever she wants to loose weight, she drinks at least six cups of watercress soup a day. Um, ew.

8. Snooki: These days, “Jersey Shore” star Snooki is trim as can be—but it took work to reach her goal weight. To get down to 100 pounds, she embraced the gimmicky “cookie diet”—which allows six 90-calorie cookies per day plus a tiny meal. No word on whether the “meal” consisted of straight vodka shots at a beachside bar.

9. Beyoncé: While cleanses are always popular, Beyoncé took it to another level. To lose 20 pounds in two weeks before filming “Dreamgirls,” Bey exclusively swigged a concoction of fresh lime or lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed with water 6 to 12 times a day, as well as an herbal laxative tea. Sounds healthy! To be fair, she’s since said she’d never do it again.

10. Mo’Nique: The comedian turned Oscar winner was famous for her full frame, but recently dropped over 50 pounds by working out five times a week. These weren’t just any old workouts though: She did a variety of exercises including boxing, weight training, sprinting, jogging, pull-ups, and football drills. Hey, if you want to look like a linebacker, you have to act like one.

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Jessica Alba has a rather interesting secret for losing baby weight.

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Jennifer Aniston has eaten baby food to stay slim.

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Gwyneth Paltrow is the queen of dieting.

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The most common crash diets celebs follow, and their repercussions

While we keep wondering how she got that perfect body, the reality of a celebrity’s eating habits is very different from what an average human being consumes to function on a daily basis.

While the focus on fitness, especially among celebrities, has grown over the past few years, one thing in their lives remains consistent–diets. Be it trying a new diet or following an old one that has worked for them in the past, celebrities keep jumping from one diet to the other, depending on which role they’re preparing for.

So, we break down some of the most famous celebrity crash diets for you, and tell you how they impact the body in the long run–just in case you were planning to follow any.

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But before proceeding further, keep in mind that no diets must be followed without the supervision of an expert.

The diet has been divided into four phases.
Phase 1, Induction: Under 20 g of carbohydrate/ day to be consumed. The diet has to be rich in fat and protein.
Phase 2, Balancing: Starts by adding more nuts, low-carb vegetables and fruits slowly back into the diet.
Phase 3, Fine Tuning: When reaching close to the weight goal, start adding carbohydrates slowly back to the diet, until weight-loss slows down.
Phase 4, Maintenance: Consume healthy carbohydrates, as much as the body can easily tolerate.

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  • To begin with, the diet is extremely difficult to sustain, and may even increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Atkins diet is meat heavy, thus high-protein eating patterns could be linked to osteoporosis and renal diseases.
  • It does not include a high intake of fruits and vegetables, and hence may cause nutritional deficiencies.
  • Weight can be regained after six months to one year.

A lot of diets require high protein intake. Picture courtesy: Instagram/traveling_eatingbyme

This protein-based diet, designed by French doctor Pierre Dukan, is also divided into four phases:
1. Attack Phase (1 to 10 days): Eat lean meats as much as can be handled + 1.5 tbsp of oat bran + 6 cups of water.
2. Cruise Phase (can last several months): Consume unlimited veggies (non-starchy) every other day + extra half tbsp oat bran.
3. Consolidation Phase (lasts five days for every pound lost): Veggies daily + 1 piece fruit + 2 slices of whole grain bread + 1 serving of hard cheese. One or two servings of starchy vegetables/day can be had, or one/two celebration meals in this phase can be consumed.
4. Stabilization Phase (maintaining the weight-loss): One day in a week of all protein diet + 3 tbsp oat bran + 20 mins of walking can be incorporated.

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  • Though this diet can help to boost a sluggish metabolism, it’s very likely to cause weight regain.
  • May be dangerous for some who are at risk of electrolyte imbalance.
  • Likely to make you moody and lethargic, especially during the first phase.

The GM diet is a weight-loss-management plan, which was developed by the General Motors Corporation to help keep their employees stay in shape. This diet system involves consumption of specific foods per day–just fruits one day, just vegetables another day, just milk and bananas on one day of the week-long diet–in contrast to weekly schedules like that of Atkins diet.

High on fibre and protein, salads are always a good idea. Picture courtesy: Instagram/nanohana_life


  • The diet is restrictive and not easy to stick to for a long time.
  • There are no exercise guidelines within the programme.
  • As it is a low-calorie diet, the person may experience metabolic slowdown, which will make it all the more difficult to maintain weight-loss.
  • Person may experience fatigue, headache and weakness due to extreme cut-down on calories.
  • May cause detox side effects: sudden muscle weakness, hunger, dehydration, dizziness, strong likelihood of gaining back lost pounds after returning to normal eating habits.

Inputs by Indrayani Pawar, team leader, dieticians’ team at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital, Khar, Mumbai.

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Long-term repercussion of following crash diets
Since crash diets work solely on deprivation, elongated crash-dieting can lead to a variety of deficiencies. Here are some of the most common repercussions people face when they go on a crash diet for too long, or too often:

Blood pressure variations: Since its emphasis is on low calorie intake, crash-dieting deprives the body of potassium and other possible sources of salt, thereby causing sodium depletion in the body, which causes low blood pressure.

Osteoporosis: Calcium is needed by the body for maintenance of strong bones. Crash dieting results in our body being denied of calcium sources (green leafy vegetables, milk and dairy products, fish etc are regular sources of calcium), which leads to calcium from the bones being used by the body, leaving the bones weak and fragile.

Anaemia: Crash-dieting deprives the body of precious vitamins and nutrients, particularly vitamin B-12 and Folate, which leads to anaemia, as both of them are essential for the formation of red blood cells.

Depression: Lowering the intake of food also means lowering the intake of nutrients. Nutrients such as vitamin B and vitamin C are needed for the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters. A lack of these two in the body can cause depression and irritability.

Fat build up: Crash-dieting results in the body storing away fat for later use, and instead burns muscle for the needed energy to function properly. This stored fat along with lowered metabolism leads to weight gain once the individual stops dieting.

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Hair loss: Repeated crash-dieting can reduce the levels of vitamins and nutrients in the body, which can make hair dry, lifeless and brittle, and lead to hair-loss. It can also cause the skin to lose its glow and appear dry and parched; sometimes, a change in skin colour is also observed in regular crash-dieters.

Eating disorders: Repeated crash-dieting might also serve as a platform for serious eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa (avoiding food altogether) and bulimia nervosa (immediate purging of food after eating). These eating disorders, however, pose a higher level of health risk than crash-dieting itself.

Irregular periods in women: The sudden weight loss and the immediate regaining of weight, due to the yo-yo effect of crash-dieting, sends conflicting signals to the brain. This leads to a hormonal imbalance in the body, which causes irregular periods in women. An irregular menstrual cycle further increases their chances of infertility.

Inputs by Shabana Mohamed Sameer, senior dietician, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Thane.

Celebrity Crash Diets That Work

Crash diets can be defined as a low calorie diets. They usually burn only a limited amount of calories. Rapid weight loss is achieved with a limited energy level. These diets are preferably meant for a short period of time or they could result in malnutrition.
This deficiency can be altered through the intake of vitamin pills. Body regains weight after a crash diet. Celebrity diets are comprised of four glasses of skimmed milk, vitamin tablets etc. Caffeine is also an important factor in a crash diet.
There are certain crash diets that show tremendous results quickly. Grape fruit diet, cabbage diet are examples of such diets. At times, it proves to be success even for a long period. One way to get rid of extreme hunger during these days is to ultimately find happiness in the hunger. It is also important to change your lifestyle at the time of these temporary diets. One can opt for solid food after a monotonous liquid regime on alternate weeks. Vegetables and salads are to be added profoundly. Chocolates and beverages are to completely avoided. Top weight loss experts suggest cabbage soups and juice fasts as the best diet plans.
Another group suggests walking along with dieting. Celebrities often check their weight along with these diet plans. Famous crash diets mainly consist of seven to eight days with a weight loss of five to seven kilograms. Yeast should be completely avoided from such short term diet plans but with a well planned meal that is to be taken before eight in the evening. Dieretics and diet pills are to be added intermittently.
Successful crash diets include cut out of carbs containing a good amount of steamed vegetables and regular yoga. Celebrity crash diets does not stress on starving alone. They are comprised of a short term strenuous exercise and pills for certain days.
In many cases, weight gain has been reported after a crash diet. It leads to deficiency of vitamins and minerals. Low calorie intake leads to dizziness. Decreased level of HDL results in more pressure to the internal organs. A short term diet may also cause harm to the muscles and tissues that ultimately end in osteoporosis. It also affects the mind leading to depression and irritability. Diseases like anorexia and bulimia are the bad results of these diet plans. In certain prolonged cases even heart disease and mental stroke could happen.

15 Most Mind-Boggling Celebrity Diets We’d Be Too Scared To Try

Thanks to their star power, celebs are trendsetters in the realms of fashion, beauty, health and fitness. We’d be lying if we said we haven’t tried to tailor our diets to look more like that of Kim Kardashian or Beyoncé. However, some celebrities have tried diets that are so intense, they’ve become famous (or perhaps, infamous) in their own right. These meal plans are so strange that we’d honestly be afraid to try them out.

Grilled steak on toast with peanut butter isn’t for everyone, okay?

From eating raw eggs in the morning to clay in the afternoon, some celebs, like the ones listed below, pick up weird food habits that they swear by. And although we often see modern-day stars sticking to specific diets for health reasons, not everyone in the below list was concerned about their figure or arteries.

In fact, some of the go-to meals are so shockingly unhealthy, you’ll feel like you need to run a mile to burn off all the fatty foods you just read about.

If you have the courage to eat like these stars, then try picking up one of the below diets for a day or so. But if you’re like us, you’ll probably want to stick to your usual grocery list. These people may be famous and all, but that doesn’t mean what they say, do, and eat is gospel (and thank goodness for that).

1. Shailene Woodley

In February 2017, Shailene Woodley revealed to David Letterman that she willingly eats clay — about a teaspoon each day via her at-home toothpaste recipe, in fact. According to the actress, eating clay can help rid one’s body of heavy metals and “radioactive isotopes.”

Woodley also reportedly takes her morning coffee with a bit of coconut oil and butter, which makes the drink taste a bit like a latte, without all the added sugar and cream.

2. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn’s diet is less alarming and more, wait, why can’t we eat all that and stay so thin? According to Hepburn’s son, his mother never dieted and basically lived off of pasta. “Mum had a serious pasta addiction,” Luca Dotti wrote in his book Audrey at Home. “She couldn’t do without pasta.”

Hepburn also reportedly ate toast and jam for breakfast and indulge in some chocolate and Scotch after dinner. A true icon in more ways than one.

3. Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor wrote about her relationship with dieting and weight-loss in her 1986 tell-all memoir, Elizabeth Takes Off. Although the book is currently out of print, CR Fashion Book tracked down some of Taylor’s top tips and recipes — including “chicken barbecued with lime and potato skins,” and “grilled steak or a hamburger served on a single slice of whole wheat toast spread with half a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a cup of cantaloupe melon and orange mixed with low fat cottage cheese and sour cream.” Interesting combo…

Taylor also recommended leaving a day to “pig out” on your favorite foods once you’ve reached your optimum weight — which shouldn’t be too thin.

The actress preferred to stick within the range of 123 to 125 lbs. (That’s her choice, and doesn’t have to be yours! Every body is different).

4. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Buffy the Vampire Slayer — ahem, Sarah Michelle Gellar — infamously followed a seven-day “cleanse,” according to tabloids, called the “cabbage soup diet.” Following a rigid week-long diet plan that consists of veggies, lean meats, and all-you-can-eat bland cabbage soup, Gellar reportedly used this diet to stay slim during her Buffy days.

This blogger tried the diet in 2013 and reported having no energy and being completely grossed out by the end of the week. Ick.

5. Elvis Presley

Many believe that Elvis Presley’s bizarre and unhealthy diet led to his untimely death at the age of 42. Having grown up on Southern comfort food, Presley loved himself a good meat-heavy diet with a side of carbs. The King famously loved peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwiches and “Fool’s Gold Loaf,” a hollowed-out sourdough loaf stuffed with peanut butter and jelly.

Presley also reportedly ate four scrambled eggs, deep-fried biscuits, bacon, and sausage, all smothered in butter for breakfast, bacon-wrapped meatballs for a snack between meals, and BBQ bologna for lunch and/or dinner. Woof.

6. Madonna

In 2010, Madonna and other celebs reportedly partook in a fad diet called the “Air Diet,” where you simply pretend to eat food without actually consuming it. The diet, started by the French magazine Grazia and featured in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, reportedly consisted solely of water and a salt-soup concoction and was based off of the belief that one can exist only by absorbing sunlight.

Don’t try this at home, kids.

7. Nicolas Cage

In 2010, Nicolas Cage told the U.K.’s Sun that his diet revolves around the the mating methods of animals. “I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex,” Cage told The Sun per the U.K.’s Telegraph. “I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds.”

Cage, who once had a pet octopus, continued to state that he doesn’t eat pork because he doesn’t think the way pigs mate is as dignified as fish and fowl. Huh.

8. Marilyn Monroe

In the September 1952 edition of Pageant Magazine, Marilyn Monroe detailed her diet and minimal workout routine. “I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so,” Monroe told the publication per CR Fashion Book. Um, we think so. For breakfast, Monroe would down two raw eggs cracked into a glass of warm milk. And for dinner, Monroe never ate out. She instead bought herself steak, liver, or lamb chops and broiled them in her electric oven.

She’d snack on raw carrots in-between meals.

And although her daily diet was strict, Monroe allowed herself to indulge in ice cream fairly often. “I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods,” Monroe said. That’s one way of looking at it.

9. Marlon Brando

He may have appeared to be the picture of health and fitness, but Marlon Brando was in love with his junk food. Like Presley, Brando ate peanut butter by the jarful, boxes upon boxes of Mallomars and Cinnamon Buns, steaks, potatoes, and quarts of milk. Brando’s close friend, Carlo Fiore, said that Brando would try crash diets in the sixties and seventies. However, he couldn’t stick with them. And Brando’s wife, Movita, reportedly put a lock on the refrigerator to keep Brando from gorging on cheese in the middle of the night.

He was even nicknamed “Branflakes” because he loved his huge, fatty breakfasts.

10. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie reportedly relies on “ancient grains” to stay slender, according to a 2014 Marie Claire U.K. article. The actress supposedly sticks to a diet of quinoa, millet, chia seeds, spelt and buckwheat, which she claims give her the necessary nutrients she needs and “shinier skin.” Furthermore, as of 2011, the Pitt-Jolie kids snack on crickets, which are like potato chips, according to Jolie.

Not the weirdest, but definitely on the more high-maintenance side.

11. Jean Harlow

“Actress Jean Harlow promoted a diet of lamb chops, steak, Jell-O, and tomatoes to lose six pounds in four days,” according to culture and food historian Adrienne Rose Bitar via Town & Country. The Old Hollywood actress would sometimes add a small bit of spinach or a hardboiled egg into the mix when she wanted a bit of variety. And she drank black coffee at each mealtime.

It should be noted that Harlow died of kidney failure at age 26.

It’s not fact that a change in diet would have helped her body health-wise, but trying to lose six pounds in four days is never a good idea (especially when you had scarlet fever at age 15).

12. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

If you have a bod like The Rock’s then you better be eating enough food to nourish all that muscle. The Telegraph reports that Johnson wolfs down a whopping 5,000 calories per day (the recommended average for men is about 2,500 per day).

Those calories come from about 12 eggs, 36 to 52 ounces of cod, a ton of sweet potatoes, and somewhere around 5.5 cups of white rice.

On cheat days, Johnson will nosh on some sushi, sweets, banana chocolate chip pancakes, pizza, and subs — probably all within the same day sometimes. And according to Mashed, Johnson can pack away five to seven meals per day.

13. Chrissy Teigen

There was a time in 2017 when model and Twitter icon Chrissy Teigen ate an entire branzino fish every single night. Teigen told Refinery29 that her mother prepares her branzino, “covered in garlic and olive oil, stuffed with lemons and rosemary,” each night.

“I go, ‘Mom! Guess what time it is?’ And she gets all sad and she goes: ‘Fish timeeee.’ Cuz she knows she has to finely mince the garlic, which takes forever,” the model said.

She’s shared her love for branzino on Twitter several times, and although it looks tasty, we’re not sure if we could manage to eat branzino every night of the week, forever and ever.

14. Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is aiming to stay in the game until the ripe old age of 45. And to do so, he sticks to a strict diet of “alkalizing” and “anti-inflammatory” foods. According to Vox, alkaline foods keep Brady’s pH levels low, which reportedly helps to keep the football player energized and reduce his risk for bone fractures, although the science is a bit wonky. And anti-inflammatory foods supposedly help him recover from injuries at a faster rate.

Basically, Brady avoids alcohol, gluten, corn, dairy, trans fats, sugar, soy, grain-based foods and GMOs.

So, what the heck does he eat? Locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables (except for those of the nightshade variety like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers), water, and protein shakes. Yeah, no thanks.

15. Kourtney Kardashian

Being part of the family that basically set a new beauty standard with their booties, Kourtney Kardashian took placenta pills after giving birth to her third child in 2014. Kardashian claimed the pills were “life-changing.” The pills, which are dehydrated and ground up bits of placenta, or afterbirth, can reportedly decrease symptoms of postpartum depression, restore iron levels, boost the production of oxytocin, and help a mother produce milk.

However, placenta pills have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, so we think we’ll sit this one out.

Do any of these diets sound appetizing to you? Remember, before switching your diet completely if and when you do decide to follow a celeb’s lead, check in with your doctor first to make sure you’re making a good decision for your body.

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