Celebrity Diets

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

celebrity dietsCelebrity Diets are more popular than ever with people’sĀ fascinationĀ and even worship of those we see on tv, the big screen, and who we hear on the radio.

Some celebrities recognize how lucrative the diet and fitness industry can be and write their own diet plans.

Others just endorse diets as a paid spokesperson or diets that they have used to stay in shape or lose weight for their movie roles.

In fact, there’s no faster way to propel a diet plan to the the top than to have it endorsed by a popular celebrity.

Below are some of the most popular celebrity diet plans available.

Celebrity Endorsed Diets

Weight WatchersEndorsed by many celebrities over the years. Kirstie Alley, Sarah Ferguson, Jennifer Hudson, and now Jessica Simpson.
Jenny CraigValerie Bertinelli, Jason Alexander, and Carrie Fisher all have been paid endorsers of Jenny Craig.
NutrisystemThis diet food delivery company recently enlisted Marie Osmand and Dan Marino to persuade people to try their service.
17 Day DietThis low carb diet soared into popularity when it was endorsed by the Doctors talk show.
The Zone DietJennifer Aniston brought a lot of attention to this plan, but she wasn’t a paid endorser.
Master CleanseDemi Moore once touted Master Cleanse (aka Lemonade Diet) as her secret to slimming down.
Macrobiotic DietGwenyth Paltrow was on this diet for 11 years until it gave her pre-osteoporosis at age 37.
Fat Smash DietMade famous by its use on the VH1 show Celebrity Fit Club.
Eat CleanAvoids all processed foods and has been used by Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, and Angelina Jolie
Hollywood Cookie DietSingers Kelly Clarkson and Mandy Moore both used these diet cookies to slim down.
Egg DietAdrian Brody used the egg diet to slim down for his role in the Pianist.
5 Factor DietHalle Berry also used this diet along with Alicia Keys and Jessica Simpson (now with Weight Watchers).
No White Foods DietBoth Oprah and Cameron Diaz have rejected white foods as a way to cut calories.
Acai Berry DietThis diet soared into popularity after Oprah featured acai berries on her show and reported consuming them daily.

Celebrity Created Diet Plans

Jillian Michaels DietHer success on The Biggest Loser enabled her to launch her own diet plan.
Suzanne Somers DietIt might have started with the Thigh Master, but this enabled Somers to launch her own diet plan with a series of books.
Jackie Warner DietThis celebrity trainer had her own reality show and also recently released 10 Pounds in 10 Days.
Bob Harper DietAlso from The Biggest Loser, Harper also has his own weight loss plan.
Marilu Henner DietThis detox diet is what she used to transform her life and health.
Montel Williams DietThe diet he used to find relief from MS.
Al Roker DietThe Al Roker Diet is described in this TV personality’s new book, Never Going Back. Although first losing 190 pounds, at 50 pounds rebound, he made his dying father a promise that he would lose weight and get healthy.
Oprah DietThis diet was made famous by Oprah and it launched the TV careers of Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen.

Do Celebrity Diets Work?

Just like all diet plans, celebrity diets also come in all shapes and sizes. Some would be considered fads, others crazy, and some nutritionally sound.

Celebrity diets can work if they are based on healthy eating and moderate calorie constriction. However, diets that revolve around some “magical” food or supplement and those that are dangerously low in calories should be avoided.

Some celebrity diets are just a means to peddle useless supplements or gadgets. Remember, just because a celebrity endorses something, it doesn’t mean what they say is true. They are usually being paid to endorse.

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 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: March 26, 2015. Disclaimer
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