Being a celebrity has its ups and downs. On the plus side, there’s wealth, fame, and everything that goes along with being globally adored. On the downside, people are constantly judging your weight and appearance, and women especially are held to ridiculously high beauty standards. Celebrities have adopted some pretty bizarre and potentially dangerous diets continue meeting society’s expectations. Here are four diets made famous by some of our favorite female celebrities.
Jennifer Aniston and the Zone Diet
Jennifer Aniston has found success with the Zone Diet, and while it can be hard to stick to, it isn’t harmful. This diet consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks made of low-fat protein (turkey, fish), veggie-and-fruit carbs, and small amounts of “good” fat like olive oil and nuts. This is a low-carb diet, which means bread, pasta, and grain are discouraged. The reason this diet is called “the Zone” is because you always need to stay within the 30% protein, 40% carb, and 30% fat “zone.”
Madonna and the Macrobiotic Diet
The Macrobiotic Diet axes wheat, eggs, meat, and dairy. You get to eat beans, brown rice, fruit, veggies, and “sea vegetables,” which include kelp, seaweed, and other unusual greens. In addition to food, this diet encourages a holistic view to health, so exercise and mental wellness are very important. Though this diet is very difficult to maintain, as a plant-based and low-fat diet it may prevent heart disease and cancer.
Lady Gaga and the Baby Food Diet
Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is credited with the development of the Baby Food Diet, which has been used by Lady Gaga. There aren’t any “official” rules, but many people eat 14 jars of baby food a day and then a real meal at night. This bizarre diet is not a favorite among health professionals, since eating so few calories without much nutritional value can be dangerous.
Beyonce and the Maple Syrup Diet
In order to lose 19 pounds, Beyonce went on the Maple Syrup Diet. You don’t eat anything, but instead drink 6-9 glasses of maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and water for ten days. The reasoning is that the drink floods out toxins and the pepper speeds up the body’s metabolism. While it seemed to work for Beyonce, the consequences of this nutritionally-empty drink include extremely low energy, dental decay, constipation, and more.
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