The Real Scoop on the Celebrity Diet

The celebrity diet. It’s not going anywhere and it shows no signs of slowing down. With an influx of new celebrities popping up every so often, the tabloids have an endless supply of eye candy to make you spend a little extra money on a magazine at the checkout line. They slap a before picture of the celeb looking sick and miserable, right next to the after picture of the same celebrity looking thin, young, energetic and giving you a big thumbs up. You can read all about their tip-top secret diet for only $2.95 per issue!

It can get pretty frustrating, especially because people fall for it every time. A week doesn’t go by without me hearing about how “so and so” lost 30 pounds, and being asked what I think of the diet. I thought it would just be easier to air my grievances right here and express, in list form, all the things that are wrong with this. Let’s just call it the Rules of the Celebrity Diet.

Rule #1 – Don’t associate thin with fit and/or healthy. Someone losing weight is a great accomplishment, but without knowing how they went about it, who’s to say that this individual went about losing weight the right way?

Rule #2 – There is no secret diet. Anyone who stays in shape simply manipulates their carbohydrate, protein, and fat intake. This relationship is unique to each individual based on genetic makeup, muscle mass, digestion, and activity level. Unless you go to someone who understands how hormones and foods interact, it can become very frustrating to figure out on your own.

Rule #3 – Avoid the extreme. The more extreme a diet is (fasting, weird food combinations, starving yourself, etc.) the more weight is going to come back at you in a year or two. It’s called yo-yo dieting.

Rule #4 – Listen to people who have lost the weight and kept it off, not a magazine model. If someone regains all the weight, did they ever really know what they were doing to begin with?

Rule #5 – Understand what it truly means to be in shape. So some television star lost 30 pounds – great. Are they strong? Are they functional? Does their fitness carry over into real life?

Rule #6 – Don’t fall for the hype. The celebrity diet is meant to sell magazines – that’s it. So you have to take into account the lighting, tanning lotions, stylists, and Photoshop that were used to make you think that the celeb is the best looking thing since sliced bread. I have more respect for a mother of three who busts her butt to lose 10 pounds.

Rule #7 –Settle for realistic results. Do you know what the celebrity looked like 7 days after the photo shoot? Water manipulation can go a long way. Stick with real world results that don’t make you lose all your muscle mass just to reach a specific number on the scale.

So I guess you can say I’m not a fan of the celebrity diet. Instead of spending your time figuring out what someone else has done, use that time to figure out what works for you and your current lifestyle. Here at UEFP, we offer one-on-one nutrition consulting that allows you to establish a comprehensive nutrition program that corresponds with your level of readiness. This allows you to lose the weight, but more importantly, keep it off.

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