Wednesday, November 30, 2011

5 Celebrity Diet Plans to Avoid

Many celebrities today have reached iconic status. Young, impressionable people often look to celebrities as they would to an older sibling for fashion, lifestyle, and diet trends. With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and reality television, an inside look into celebrities' lives has become easy. As celebrities continue to portray themselves as beautiful, fit, and virtually physically flawless, followers will enthusiastically try to imitate what they do in order to achieve the same results.

Hopefully, we aren't all gullible enough to fall for some of the celebrity diets out there. Put your heads back on, people, and remember, celebrities are eating, breathing people like you and me, and they, gasp, do not have any magical solutions for a fit body. Many of the popular celebrity diets have been found by nutrition experts to be completely ineffective and unsafe.

This one is also called "Alcorexia." It is a popular choice for many models, as they strive to maintain those lithe, barely-there bodies, without sacrificing too much or, heaven forbid, working out. I hope I don't need to tell you that binging on alcohol, or simply sticking to a diet of not eating or eating very little, is not a healthy way to maintain an optimal body weight. Enough said.

Dukan Diet
The Dukan diet, recently made popular by Kate Middleton's mother, also is said to have a following by J. Lo and Gisele B√ľndchen. It is a complicated, four-phase diet, claiming to produce weight loss of 7 pounds a week. It advises a strict diet of just protein for weeks on end, which can be hard to follow. Also, the Dukan diet can lead to constipation and a Vitamin B deficiency.

Blood Group Diet
Followers of this diet include Courtney Cox, Cheryl Cole, and Sir Cliff Richard. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) says this one is based on false science. The diet's philosophy is that different blood types break down different nutrients in the body. So, you are given a strict list of things to eat based on your blood type, which can lead to certain deficiencies and is not recommended for long-term use.

Raw Food Diet
This one seems the most reasonable. What could be bad about eating lots of fruits and vegetables in an uncooked state to maintain all the nutrients and vitamins? Plenty. This diet excludes many food groups like meat, poultry, grains, and rice, because they cannot be safely eaten without cooking. Whenever you exclude entire food groups, you are potentially depriving your body of important nutrients, which is never a good idea.

Baby Food Diet
Let's keep the jars on the high chair, folks. The baby food diet recommends up to fourteen jars of baby food throughout the day in place of snacks, and one regular meal. Baby food is made especially for babies for a reason, and adults' bodies are not going to get what they need from pureed foods, which often lack the full nutrients.

It's time to face the music: The only healthy way to lose weight, or maintain a healthy body is to follow a well-balanced diet plan, rich in fruits and vegetables, and to engage in physical activities on a regular basis. It really is that simple. For more sensible diet advice, visit