Several of our dietitian colleagues were featured in last week’s ABC News’ Primetime Special, Celebrity Weight Loss—What Really Happens. They really set the record straight on fad diets…it’s worth checking out.
I finally had a chance to watch the special over the weekend and could barely sit through all the nonsense that I was seeing and hearing. All the stupid diets that celebrities endorse–Cookie Diet, Master Cleanse, Baby Food, Raw Food, hCG hormone drops, .. and why anyone would think that these outrageous approaches to losing lbs would really work long-term.
[sws_pullquote_left] Snooki’s cookies? hCG pregnancy hormone? Baby food? Who really believes this is what it takes to lose weight? On Jersey Shore, Snooki’s calories come from vodka and potato chips, not Dr. Siegal’s cookies.[/sws_pullquote_left]
The program highlights celebs who have struggled with weight or go on fad diets to keep a celeb shape. I enjoyed hearing former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, discuss how the girls at the Playboy mansion struggled to stay thin and the backlash she faced from fans while dealing with losing pregnancy weight and not being perceived as “sexy” anymore.
Kendra’s post-pregnancy experience was the polar opposite of ex-Desperate Housewife of NY Bethenny Frankel, who attempted to make the case that her three-week, 30-pound, post-baby weight loss was normal!
It’s unlikely that celebs really follow any of the diets that they promote. They have their own chefs, nutritionists, trainers and lots of other slim-down support.
If you were being paid tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to have a rockin’ body, you’d have a six-pack and then some. If US Magazine was paying you to do a cover shoot with you in a bikini in six weeks, I can guarantee you’d lose those last 5, 10- or 15-pounds.
Just look at what Mark Wahlberg did to get in shape for his latest movie, The Fighter. He reportedly installed a boxing ring in mega-sized home gym and had personal boxing instruction for more than a year to get his AA-grade bod into AAA-grade. Now that’s Hollywood at its best and more representative of what it takes–work!
Bottom line: For the 99.9% of the us who aren’t paid to be on-camera, more sensible and sustainable approaches to losing weight is best. If the “diet” isn’t something you can follow for life, don’t try it.