For many celebrities, it’s part of their job to look good, so staying thin is important. That may be why so many of them try fad diets in order to lose weight. But do they work? In the short-term, maybe. But sticking with these diets over time can have a significant negative impact on your health.
Here are some of the latest fad diets that celebrities are trying – and the down-low on their effect on your overall health.
Also known as the Caveman Diet, which is rumored to be followed by Megan Fox, is supposed to involve eating like our ancestors – lots of animal protein, fruit and vegetables, and some nuts. It’s high in protein, fat, and also omega-3s – and involves eating some more expensive types of meats, such as game meats, free-range chicken and grass-fed beef.
While many swear by its effectiveness at decreasing your dress size, it’s not very healthy. Like many diets that place restrictions on the type of foods you eat, your body is not getting everything it needs. In this case, you’re lacking dairy, which is a major source of calcium and vitamin D. Additionally, the diet is low in carbs, which can have a negative impact on your mood and your memory.
Reports say that Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez are fans of this diet, which is also sometimes called the “French Atkins” diet. In phase one of the diet, also known as the “attack” phase, you eat only lean protein, a small amount of oat bran, and 6 to 8 glasses of water. When you move onto phase 2, the “cruise” phase”, you get to add veggies to the menu – but not any starchy ones such as potatoes or corn. Only in phase 3 – “consolidation” – can you add back fruit, grains, and dairy.
Although eating lean protein is a healthy idea, the rest of the restrictions are not. You miss out on key nutrients found in dairy, fruits, and whole grains. Additionally, this diet doesn’t set out portion restrictions, instead encouraging you to eat as much as you like – but you can’t lose weight if you’re not eating fewer calories than you burn.
Raw Food Diet
Dieters who use this method are rumored to be joined by the likes of Demi Moore and Amanda Seyfried. The rules are simple enough: you can’t cook your food above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The menu usually consists of raw and dehydrated fruits and veggies, smoothies, and cold soups. Some drink unpasteurized milk and cheeses made from it as well as raw fish and meat.
This is where the danger lies – you are more at risk of foodborne illness. And if you’re not eating any animal-based products, your body will be lacking vitamin B12 and vitamin D, both crucial to the body’s functions. However, some studies have shown that there may be an upside: those who eat a raw diet have lower level of LDL cholesterol.
Watercress Soup Diet
Elizabeth Hurley says it works – just drink 6 cups of this fat-free, low-calorie soup every day, and the pounds shed themselves. It’s no surprise, of course, since you’re severely restricting your diet – even more so than the other diets. After all, you’re only eating one type of food!
Frequently returning to this diet could result in serious nutrient deficiencies and a weakened immune system. What’s worse, in the end, is that it is likely to result in rebound weight gain – any pounds you drop will be back quickly once you start eating normally again.
About the author: Mike Walter’s long career has been an exciting journey of documenting health and fitness through his passion, writing. When Mike isn’t writing, he’s busy covering wellness plans for corporations.