The public will often follow the trends first forayed by a celebrity. Maybe it’s a hairstyle (remember the Rachel, from Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends?). Maybe it’s a fashion statement (remember the legwarmers and cut sweatshirt style of the ’80s made famous by Jennifer Beals in Flashdance?). The public loves to mimic what they see celebrities doing, whether it’s their hair, their style, or even what they name their baby. In 2009, Kourtney Kardashian named her firstborn, a boy, Mason, and the name rose to the top of the baby name charts almost instantly and has remained within the top 3 ever since. But the most fun to watch is the weird and wacky diets that celebrities endure, all to either lose weight, get healthy, or both. Whether they work or not is another factor altogether. Here are the top ten weird, wacky, and wild celebrity diets and fads.
Tracy Anderson’s baby food for the first two meals of the day is said to have been used by Lady Gaga and Camila Alves. I love this diet. It’s got new mama written all over it, or maybe mama-wanna-be. One suggestion: invest in good, high-quality baby food. Pureed food can be a little difficult to get used to unless you’re talking about applesauce. Remember, this is also what they serve folks in retirement homes as well. Baby food just makes it sound a whole like cuter. But it is supposed to be easier on your digestive tract. Think of it as a little vacation for your stomach.
Mariah Carey has claimed to be eating smoked salmon and capers all day, every day. Carey’s weight has fluctuated and she has shed some pounds. Could it be that the high fat, high protein fish, and the salty capers have done something to help her see the scale go down? Capers are high in antioxidants, rich in vitamin A and K, contain minerals like iron and calcium, and a good source of fiber. Who knew?
Tom Brady’s The Whole Thing is a diet comprised of 80% vegetables and 20% lean protein, but there are a whole lot of rules. No coffee, no white flour, no sugar, no night-shade plants (no peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant). Oh, and no strawberries, don’t ask me why. I’m not sure which rule is more upsetting? No coffee or no strawberries? Wife Gisele joins him in this nutritional crusade. It must be a family thing.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle MacPherson, Miranda Kerr, Lauren Conrad
Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle MacPherson, Miranda Kerr, Lauren Conrad all swear by drinking hot lemon water right after you wake up. This is more of a tip or trick than a full-on diet, but it’s a craze just the same. Supposedly this aids in digestion, something about the acid in lemon once it hits the digestive tract. It sort of sets you up for the whole day ahead. Not a bad or difficult trend to follow and it might just help you out.
Beyoncé may be on a 22-day vegan challenge with husband, Jay-Z, but she’s been known to enjoy a master cleanse by taking an all liquid diet of cayenne lemon water. She purportedly did this cleanse before shooting Dream Girls, allowing herself one cheat day of pizza and other goodies. Not sure how sustainable this is, just reading about it makes me hungry.Madonna
Madonna maintains a macrobiotic diet. That is to say that she consumes no wheat, eggs, meat, or dairy. Hmmm, what does that leave us with? Cardboard? No, silly: sea vegetables. That’s what’s often gracing her plate. Sea vegetables include brown algae such as kombu or kelp, wakame, and arame. They are actually super high in minerals and fucoidans (which have anti-inflammatory benefits). Sea vegetables have also been known to play a role in lowering estrogen-related cancers such as breast cancer. Leave it to Madonna to find the healthiest ingredient in the ocean!
Celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak’s, diet is the five-factor diet and it’s followed by the likes of Katy Perry and Megan Fox. The diet includes five meals of five key ingredients, each of mostly protein and fiber. Since there’s no mention of carbs, I suspect they’re mostly avoided. Pasternak’s Body Reset book suggests coupling this diet with 7 hours of sleep a night and other exercise regimens. Smoothies are on the recipe list. That’s a plus!
Victoria Beckham is on this list twice. She is, after all, Victoria Beckham. First, she has purportedly used the alkaline diet. Traditionally, to really know you’re alkaline levels, you’ll need a urine test, but if you want to follow this diet you’ll eat 80% vegetables and 20% grains and proteins in an effort to keep your body’s pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Some pretty good-for-you ingredients are on this diet’s ingredient list: whole fruits and vegetables, raw foods, green juices, beans, and nuts.
Victoria Beckham has also been on the Five Hands Diet, eating just five handfuls of food a day. There are actually quite a few rules with this diet. Its purpose is to control the production of blood insulin in order to increase the metabolic rate to shed fat instead of storing it. This diet calls for lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s the calorie restriction that’s the real buzz killer.
Cameron Diaz and Gianda de Laurentiis have both been known to promote the craziest, wackiest celebrity diet of all. Their diet consists of healthy, balanced, wholesome meals. No, really! Just good, old-fashioned clean eating. Eat primal, some call it. Cut out the junk food. Cut out the processed food. Your Grandmother would be so proud.