Celebrities have always been known for using trendy diets to drop pounds, usually in preparation for a new acting role or bouncing back after a pregnancy. But these days many celebrities (reality-tv stars aside) are moving toward healthy lifestyle choices instead of short-term fad diets as they start to see the havoc these shady diets can reap (and how they can negatively affect the young women who look up to them as role models). So how are they able to drop the pounds so quickly while still eating real foods? Here are a few interesting celebrity diets that have surfaced recently, with a few surprises. Do you think they are effective? Let us know in the comments below.
Adriana Lima shocked the crowd in 2012 by walking the runway at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just two months after giving birth to her second child. The model attributes her striking figure to serious daily planning of her meals and an intense workout schedule. She hit the gym twice a day with a celebrity trainer in the weeks leading up to last year’s VS Fashion Show and was able to lose 40 pounds of baby weight in that time. She describes the experience as one of the biggest challenges she has ever faced.
Instead of focusing on losing weight in an unhealthy way, Jennifer has become a role model for women everywhere by focusing on eating a variety of healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and just watching her calorie intake. She also works with celebrity trainers doing track drills, rock climbing, yoga, treadmill and weights to stay healthy. She binges on water instead of calorie-laden drinks and believes eating a healthy balance is about good food choices and consistency over time. Jennifer doesn’t believe in crazy fads like the cabbage diet or cleanses for weight loss; she promotes good old fashioned exercise and portion control.
One of the more sane diets in the list is the 5-Factor Diet, a diet created by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak that focuses on balance by including each macronutrient instead of exclusion. The 5-Factor Diet has meals that must include complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, fiber, and fluids at every sitting. Other celebrities who are hooked on the program include Eva Mendes, Lady Gaga, Kate Beckinsale, Alicia Keys, and Katy Perry.
After gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy with Blue Ivy, Beyonce ignored the fad diet craze in order to lose the baby weight in time for a show scheduled just three months after giving birth. “I ate a very low-calorie diet” she says in an interview with Shape magazine. “I stayed away from red meat and ate a lot of fish, replaced pasta and rice with quinoa.” She never misses breakfast (typically scrambled egg whites, whole grain cereal, or a green smoothie) and she eats plenty of vegetables and fish for dinner. On her Sunday cheat day she enjoys pizza, which she admits is her favorite treat.
According to the CalorieLab, Victoria Beckham is a follower of the Alkaline Diet, which attempts to reduce the acidity of body organs to keep them running at peak performance. Last month she even tweeted her love for the Honestly Healthy Cookbook by Natasha Corrett which zooms in on healthy pH balance to reduce risk of disease through alkaline foods. The plan consists of 70% raw foods, no processed sugars, and only alkaline dairy from sheep and goats milk. In a statement to RadarOnline author Corrett states, “The whole reason for creating it was to get out of faddy diets. The alkaline eating plan is about getting your body into the optimum state it can be it – and alkaline is healthier than acidic. When your body is alkaline you have clear skin, greater concentration, shiny hair – all the things you want, with the bonus of weight loss.”