Try as one might to avoid them, celebrities are somewhat sewn into the fabric of our daily lives. So with the pressure of having to constantly look good, it begs the question, what is going on behind the incredibly well groomed scenes? Whether it is a diet which starves the body of carbohydrates or a crazy juice only diet, it seems like celebrities will do just about anything to squeeze into their perfect ensemble.
Crazy Celebrity Diet #1 - The Alkaline Diet
Alkaline diet fan Victoria Beckham
Skeleton-like figure hunters who employ this diet include Victoria Beckham and Kirsten Dunst. Known by many as the Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme (and yes it is suspicious that 'honestly' is in the title), this far from authodox diet is all about the body's pH levels. By eating primarily alkaline foods, celebrities, or any other crazy dieter willing to throw caution to the wind, can keep their pH levels between 7.35 and 7.45. As well as helping its users to lose weight, advocates of the Honestly Healthy Programme also claim that this diet can ease headaches, increase energy levels, and even help prevent cancer.
Crazy Celebrity Diet #2 - The 5.2 Diet
Jennifer Aniston 5.2
The likes of Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez have tried this insane dietry adventure. I say diet, but in reality this is more of a fast. The general, and some might say crazy, idea is that you eat normally for five days, following which you essentially fast (although there is an extremely low calorie intake) for 2 days. The diet shot into the limelight after Dr Michael Mosley took only 5 weeks to lose a stone and 25% of his body fat. It is focused around reducing the amount of IGF-1 which is consumed. While essential at a younger age, high levels of this growth hormone in later life are thought to promote cell divisions like those found in cancer, although there is no evidence of this.
Crazy Celebrity Diet #3 - The Juice Only Diet
I know, let's all stop eating normal solid foods and only eat things which can be made into a juice. This marvelous concept is one of the most controversial diets, and has been tried by Blake Lively among others. Also known as 'Juice Cleansing', this diet is pretty much explained by the title. Yep, celebrities keen to lose weight have now resorted to drinking only blended up fruits and vegetables in order to get the nutrients they need without eating lots of other food.
Crazy Celebrity Diet #4 - The Beyonce Diet
One of her own: the Beyonce Diet
Yes that's right, there is no greater testament to celebrities' tendency to partake in strange diets than a diet actually named after a celebrity. Beyonce's customized crash diet, or the Maple Syrup Diet, includes a vomit-inducing concoction of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Many articles have revealed that in order to lose crazy amounts of weight in a very short period of time Beyonce would consume only this strange mixture of ingredients in order to ingest just enough nutrients for the body to function.
Crazy Celebrity Diet #5 - Clean Cleanse
Gwyneth Paltrow: crazy cleansing dieter
Endorsed wholeheartedly by Gwyneth Paltrow via www.goop.com, the Clean Cleanse diet, like many other crash diets involves cleansing the body i.e. eating hardly anything. This diet stipulates that only one meal should be consumed a day and was pioneered by Dr Alejandro Junger MD.
Crazy Celebrity Diet Conclusions
Although many advocate the health advantages of diets such as those above, it certainly seems that these diets are nothing more than a demonstration of laziness and addiction to shortcuts; a human flaw which is being seized upon by scores of nutritionists in the hopes of making a quick buck, or 10 million of them. Here's hoping that the oh so archaic notion of a balanced diet will not slowly vanish from our lives forever.