Staying fit and in good shape is important for most celebrities. Many of them put in a lot of effort finding the right weight loss program as well as hiring a personal fitness trainer to keep them looking their best. There seems to be an endless amount of diet plans that the rich and famous have tried through the years. Some of the more popular have included the Zone Diet, the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, the Macrobiotic Diet, the Raw Food Diet, the Maple Syrup Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Dukan Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet. The following discusses each of these 9 popular diets, what types of food are included in each diet, and some of the celebrities who have taken part in these weight loss plans.
The Zone Diet
This diet, created by Barry Sears and followed by celebrity Jennifer Aniston, is about keeping hormones and blood sugar stable by balancing fat, protein, and the carbs in your diet. This particular weight loss plan is designed to help a person lose fat, and not just muscle and water like so many other diets. On this program you generally get 3 meals each day and snacks. While no food is completely banned, carbs are eaten in very small amounts and most selections will include lean protein, veggies, and fruits. Calorie counts average about 1,200 each day for women and 1,500 for men. The most effective weight loss can be achieved when staying in the “zone” and eating proportionate amounts of each type of food. If you’re one of the CrossFitters who uses this diet, find a personal trainer who can best create a fitness routine around your eating schedule. Jennifer Aniston is one of several celebrities who has famously followed the Zone Diet. Some would even say she’s been the poster-girl for this diet.
The South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet, which was put together by a cardiologist, is a weight loss program that consists of three distinct phases. Phase one lasts 14 days and promotes quick weight loss. Phase one is the strictest and basically prohibits any carbohydrates. In phase two you reach your weight goal, and then phase three is designed for maintenance. This plan emphasizes reducing carbs while loading up on foods high in fiber and nutrients. It also teaches its users how to pick good carbs verses bad carbs so they can make healthy lifestyle choices long after the early phases of the diet have ended. Foods consist of lean protein, lots of veggies, and low fat dairy products. This weight loss plan is good for those who can’t live without dessert. Desserts and snacks are allowed on this diet. There’s not any calorie counting, but there may be a considerable amount of time spent prepping for the meals. Bill Clinton even lost weight when following the South Beach Diet. The diet has been touted as one that has cardiovascular benefits and may help lower cholesterol which may be why Bill and Hillary have reportedly followed it.
While this may not seem to be a “celebrity” diet, plenty of celebrities have claimed to have lost lots of weight using this diet system. Some people may find the point system tedious, but it makes it easy to keep track of what you’ve eaten throughout the day. Each food is assigned a certain amount of points. Foods that generally fill people up are given fewer points while foods that are considered empty calories are given a higher amount of points. Weight Watchers makes it easy by allowing people to pretty much eat what they want as long as they stay within the number of points allowed each day. There aren’t any foods that are kept off limits and the program allows for indulgences. Because of its basic, common sense approach, Weight Watchers is considered one of the safest diets to follow. It may also be one of the diets that is easiest to stick to after losing the weight. The program has gone online and can be followed on your iPhone. Jennifer Hudson was the celebrity face for Weight Watchers when she dropped 80 pounds. Jessica Simpson is currently representing the company and touting her own weight loss using the diet plan.
The Macrobiotic Diet
The concept of macrobiotics and finding balance in life has been around for several years. The Macrobiotic Diet promotes this along with a way to lose weight that includes foods such as sea vegetables, brown rice, beans, and soup. Anything refined or chemically preserved is discouraged. Chewing food slowly, pausing between bites, and being thankful for your food is also part of the diet, making it more than just a diet but a philosophy. Considering this aspect of the program it’s not surprising that Madonna is one of its followers. This diet also boasts health benefits along with losing weight. It may improve cardiovascular health as well as help control diabetes. This eating program is very different from the average American diet and may be one of the most difficult to stick with. Along with intense workouts with her personel trainer, it’s no wonder Madonna still looks great well into her fifties when following such a strict eating routine.
The Raw Food Diet
This diet is basically what it says it is. Following this eating plan you’ll consume uncooked fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Foods that can be cooked are not to be heated above 118 Fahrenheit. One of the basic concepts in this eating program is that a lot of the nutrients in the foods we eat, even in vegetables, are lost during the cooking process. The proponents of this diet claim that enzymes are the most important aspect of food. These enzymes help us to properly digest the food we eat and then absorb the nutrients. Eating too much cooked food causes our bodies to have digestive problems, age faster, and gain weight. Following the Raw Food Diet is similar to eating like a vegan. Depending on the individual, the consumption of only raw foods is about 70 percent of the diet. This diet may be difficult to stick with and you probably would want to invest in a juicer and food dehydrator. Demi Moore is listed as one of the many celebrities who keeps in shape and stays healthy by following this diet.
The Maple Syrup Diet
This is more of a supplement to a diet rather than an actual diet. Many insist, however, that it works wonders. The Maple Syrup Diet basically consists of mixing a detox drink that includes natural tree syrup, a small amount of cayenne pepper, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and half a pint of water. There are several levels of using this drink mix. It can be substituted for meals or used as a total detox for several days. It’s easy and cheap to follow. If taken to extremes or used for long periods of time, however, this could be unhealthy and would be considered a crash diet. A health professional should be consulted if it’s being used for more than a supplement. This diet has also been called the Lemonaid Diet and even the Master Cleanse. It supposedly helps clean out toxins and build-up of waste in a person’s body. Beyonce used the Maple Syrup Diet to lose weight when she performed in the film “Dreamgirls.”
The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet, which is also referred to as the caveman diet, centers on eating natural, unprocessed foods. It is similar to many other types of diets in that it promotes eating lean protein, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Paleo takes it further by focusing on natural foods that our ancestors would have hunted and gathered such as grass-fed protein sources and organic, locally grown produce. Eating as natural as this diet encourages its followers to do can be very healthy. This particular eating plan does, however, eliminate almost all grains, beans, legumes, and dairy. To buy natural, organic, and grass-fed foods can be a bit pricey for the average person. It may be difficult to stick with this diet as entire food groups are basically eliminated. Megan Fox has attributed her great figure to eating principals found in Paleo. She has bounced back after two babies and stays in incredible shape due, at least in part, to having followed the Paleo Diet.
The Dukan Diet
This diet plan was created in 2000 by the French practitioner and nutritionist Pierre Dukan. The Dukan Diet is based on high protein intake and is similar in some ways to the Atkins or Paleo Diets. The good thing is that you can eat all you want as long as the foods are on the approved list. The difficult aspect is that the approved foods are somewhat limited. Eating primarily lean protein with a little bit of oat bran is the starting phase of this eating plan. There are basically four phases involved in the diet. The first phase is labeled the “Attack” phase. The second phase of the program is called the “Cruise” phase and you’ll be able to add vegetables to the diet at certain times. The “Consolidation” allows some breads and cheeses. The last phase is called “Permanent Stabilization.” While there are a lot of do’s and don’ts during each phase, for those willing to follow the plan it’s reported that they can lose up to 10 pounds in the first week. Super model Gisele Bundchen has reportedly been on the Dukan Diet. Mrs. Tom Brady helped make this diet famous when using it to lose weight after the birth of her son.
The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet incorporates the usual staples of most healthy diets including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It also includes limited amounts of meat, cheese, and red wine. If you enjoy tomatoes, olives, and lots of fresh fish, this may be the plan for you. Physical activity and family togetherness is encouraged while following this pattern of eating. There are lots of personal training programs out there and finding one that fits each individual’s needs while following the diet shouldn’t be difficult. This diet is nutritionally sound and packed with lots of choices. Another important aspect of the Mediterranean way of eating includes using herbs and spices to flavor foods instead of pouring on salt. This may be one of the reasons the diet program is not only heart healthy, but a favorite of chefs such as Rachel Ray. Rachel’s website even has a section featuring delicious items that can be part of the Mediterranean way of eating.