The bad the ugly and the downright dangerous
It is often wondered how us mere mortals only have to look at a pork pie to pile on the pounds, while the A-list clan grace us with their sylph-like figures on the red carpet throughout the year.
Naturally, a good friend named Mr. Plastic surgeon goes a long way in correcting the effect of one too many roast potatoes at Christmas, but some celebs are prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to stay slim, and many of us are following in their path towards taste fatigue and bizarre eating habits to resemble the Cheryl Coles’ of this world.
As promised, here are a few of the new freaky ways people are trying to lose weight, and the odd ‘helpful tip’ many celebs use to curb those ever so unnatural hunger pangs.
The principle being, if you’re asleep girls, you can’t eat. It claims to allow the dieter to ‘sleep off the pounds’ while lying in your place of slumber for several days. Elvis was reportedly a supporter of the regimen. Not sure this is a winner in my eyes.
§ The chew chew diet-
Also known as the Fletcherizing diet, each mouthful you take must be chewed 32 times, and not swallowed. The idea is that fewer calories are absorbed, but you still are lucky enough to enjoy the food’s flavour! Not sure you would be able to dine out much using this one – but each to their own.
§ The Caveman Diet
This is a more modern diet regimen, which is also referred to as the Palaeolithic diet. It is based on the hunter-gather principles of the presumed diet of the stone-age cave men. It consists of mainly lean meat, fish, vegetable, fruit, roots (not so sure about that one), and nuts, but excludes grains, legumes dairy products, salt, and refined sugar.
So, some positives to this diet regarding the lean meat and fish, and incorporation of vegetables, but the exclusion of healthy legumes and calcium rich dairy products was a downfall for these hairy beasts.
§ The maple syrup diet
Beyonce was the first bootylicious celeb to bring this one to the fore. The ex-Destiny’s child singer truly spilled the beans on how she lost over a stone in two weeks for a film role. The diet consisted of eating nothing for two weeks, and only drinking the strange concoction of syrup mixed with lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper.
The syrup, made from the sap of palm trees, has the potential to aid weight loss and cleanse the body of toxins. There are four different variations of the detox plan to choose from, so you are basically completely spoilt for choice…
Of course this diet has hit the headlines on numerous occasions due to it’s extreme nature, and the risk that as soon as a consumer of the regimen starts eating ‘normally’ again – the pounds will simply pile back on.
Verdict on this one: Beyonce, your body is just too bootylicious for me babe.
§ The lemon juice diet
Similar to Miss Knowles’s choice of extreme dieting, the lemon juice diet aims to cleanse the body of toxins (presumably the enemy that is solid food?). Naomi Campbell is an avid fan of this one – a strict diet plan that is difficult to stick to, and dangerous to maintain for long periods of time. Calorie intake is severely, and absolutely minimized, involving a mixture of fresh lemon, laxative tea (good god), pepper, and our good friend maple syrup.
Strangely, individuals on this diet can suffer from headaches and feel fatigued – a shocker right there. Anyone still wondering why Naomi tends to be on the tetchy side…
§ Blood group diet
According to the founder of this of this plan, a chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the food you eat. In simple terms, when you eat a food that’s not compatible with the food you consume, blood cells can agglutinate in certain areas of your body leading to weight gain. Martine McCutcheon apparently chooses her nosh according to her blood type. Just in case your interested, blood type 0 is know as the hunter, A the cultivator, B the nomad and AB the enigma. I will just have fish and chips then please.
§ The facial analysis diet
The Facial Analysis Diet was created by celebrity nutritionist Elizabeth Gibaud. The Facial Analysis Diet commences with a two-day detox that is specific for your facial type. This is followed by a two-week core diet that is the same for all of the types.
Kate Winslet, known for not conforming to the celebrity obsessions with diets is an avid fan of this one, after she took drastic action to drop the pounds following the birth of her daughter. The theory is that the lines, colour and texture of your face can detect deficiencies in your diet, and food intolerances. Good to see another celeb not conforming to the pressure.
If you want to see how to make your very own tantilising detox drink, check out this video.