Celebrity Diets: The Good, The Bad…The Ugly!

To maintain their million-dollar bodies, celebrities have tried all kinds of diets including wacky ones like the “baby food” diet or the “apple cider vinegar diet.”

Here are some of the latest diet fads the stars swear by.  

Alkaline Diet

Followers: Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Millie Mackintosh and Robbie Williams

What is it: An ultra-strict regime which involves eating predominantly alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and avoiding meat, dairy, sweets, caffeine, alcohol as well as artificial and processed foods in an effort to keep the body’s pH between 7.35 and 7.45.

Pros: Claims to prevent the body from becoming acidic (which can foster disease), heal a variety of ailments, promote better skin and vitality and aid in weight loss.

Cons: Can be confusing as the lists of foods that are alkaline versus acidic are not intuitive. For example, lemons, which are acidic in nature, are listed as alkaline, due to how they are metabolized in the body and because the alkaline diet promotes leaving out certain families of foods, it could result in nutrient deficiencies (such as protein and calcium).

Paleo Diet

Followers: Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Matthew McConaughey

What is it: A diet modelled on the presumed diet of wild plants and animals that our ancestors habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. It recommends that you confine your food to fish, grass-fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, fungi and roots. You should exclude grains, dairy products, potatoes, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

Pros: Claims to reduce heart disease and diabetes risk, aid in weight loss, promote better sleep, energy, alertness and to increase your libido.

Cons: High in protein and fat. Grass-fed, pasture-raised meats can also be pricey. Lacking in dairy – a main source of calcium and vitamin D. This diet is also low in carbohydrates which according to research, can impact your mood and memory.

Raw Food Diet

Followers: Demi Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Uma Thurman

What is it: Your food can’t be cooked above 48ᵒC. You eat mostly raw or dehydrated fruits and vegetables or foods and drinks prepared without heat like smoothies and cold soups.

Pros: Detoxifies the body and promotes better bowel movement, energy, clear skin and weight loss, and lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Cons: As it is hard to find restaurants serving raw food, you can’t eat out and have to prepare your own meals. This diet is devoid of meat, fish, eggs, poultry and dairy. This means you will miss out on vitamin B12 which is needed for building muscles and red blood cells as well as to maintain smooth functioning of the nervous tissue. You will also miss out on vitamin D which is important for bone health and the immune system.

The 5-Factor Diet

Followers: Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox, Kate Beckinsale

What is it: The brainchild of celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, the 5-Factor Diet involves five meals a day with recipes containing five elements – protein, complex carbs, fibre, healthy fat and fluids, but no more than five ingredients.

Pros: Meal plans consist of few ingredients and are quick and easy to prepare. Dieters can choose from a variety of foods which provide balanced meals. Also, eating five times per day keeps you feeling full and prevents cravings.

Cons: Not feasible with certain lifestyles. You will need to prepare some of the meals yourself as it is difficult to find pre-prepared meals or restaurants offering food that works with the diet.

M-Plan

Followers: Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, Roxanne Pallet

What is it: Currently the hottest diet. It involves replacing either lunch or dinner with a mushroom-filled dish.

Pros: Lasting just 14 days. Claims to help you lose weight from the usual problem areas of tums, bums, thighs and upper arms but while keeping the bust intact. Besides being low in calories, mushrooms are extremely rich in nutrients including protein, minerals and dietary fibre which promote good bowel function.

Con: Not workable if you don’t like eating mushrooms!

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