Celebrities lead a charmed life. Glossy magazines feature them casually posing on sandy beaches in all of their trim, toned and tanned glory, or flashing long leggy figures in curve-hugging dresses on the red carpet. At the same time, raunchy paparazzi photos reveal them dining like kings at the finest of restaurants or drinking like frat boys in after-hours night clubs.
And when asked how they manage to keep themselves so slim and in shape, they giggle and reply “Oh, I love to do yoga. And I walk my dog.” Mmhmm. Right. Yep. Of course you do. If only it really were so easy-peasy-lipo-squeezy.
The truth is, celebrities put in a tremendous amount of work to keep themselves so svelte for showbiz, and a few Hollywood weight loss trends have taken center stage.
5 Unusual Weight Loss Tricks for Women That Celebrities Swear By
After giving birth to baby girl Blue Ivey, Beyonce put herself and hubbie Jay-Z on a 22-day vegan diet plan to re-carve those curves back to code. Posting photos of her daily diet on Instagram, Bey’s plant-based cuisine included meals like chia pudding with berries, cabbage and apple slaw with kidney beans, peanut butter and chocolate chip nut bars, and kale and chickpea salad. The power couple showed off their newly slimmed stalks in body-fitting black leotards at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Other green celebs that swear by veganism include Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Alicia Silverstone, Alanis Morissette, Kristen Bell and Gwyneth Paltrow
Tyra Banks boasts “I don’t count a damn calorie.” So how does this bodacious top model keep herself accountable?
She writes down everything she eats. Banks claims that simply the act of listing everything that goes into your mouth on paper forces you to take responsibility for it, and also helps to curb impulse eating. Having to write down that you snuck three extra slices of chocolate cake into bed last night, for all the world to see, may make you think twice before doing it. Your food journal is not only a list of the foods you eat, but is also a snapshot of your current eating habits. By keeping you accountable for all of your eating choices, food journaling can be a very useful tool and source of encouragement when it comes to selecting a healthier path.
Other bite-it-‘n-write-it food journalists include Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz and Carrie Underwood.
3. Gluten-Free Eating
Imagine the surprise of Celiac disease patients when they suddenly found themselves to be the hottest celebrity weight loss trendsetters of the year. Celebs like Victoria Beckham, Jenny McCarthy, Rachel Weisz, Zoey Deschanel and Gwen Stefani vehemently tout the virtues of the G-Free diet, and millions of people have hopped on the bandwagon too.
The science is still out on whether gluten itself – a protein found in wheat, rye and spelt – actually causes weight gain in people who aren’t allergic to it. However, as gluten-rich products are usually also highly processed, refined and sugary, it’s no wonder that so many celebrities and everyday folk are seeing the benefits of cutting these foods out. You don’t have to be a celeb in order to enjoy the thigh-thinning results from swapping gluten-filled bagels, pastas and pastries for vegetables, lean proteins and whole foods.
4. Mind-Body Awareness Training
Christina Aguilera credits her lean post-partum profile to Reiki, an ancient Asian healing art designed to alleviate stress and tension in the mind and body. While there is no evidence supporting Reiki as an effective weight loss method, a lot of scientific research has shown that stress can be a prime factor of weight gain. As a strategy of mental and physical stress relief, Reiki may very well help to eliminate one of the major culprits behind weight gain.
Many celebrities also capitalize on the slimming powers of mind-body connection in other ways. Fitness coach David Kirsch trains clients like Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler, Anne Hathaway, Ellen Barkin and others to mindfully connect with their muscles when they workout, and to mindfully focus when they eat. Bringing a higher state of awareness to your movements and your eating regimen allows you to gain more self-control, leading to more benefits for your body, inside and out.
Although very few celebrities publically admit to using diet pills for women, the number of stars that use them to boost their women’s weight loss plans to the next level is far more than you might think.
“These products are great for instant results,” says Kim Kardashian, America’s favorite model-actress sex-tape sweetheart. She adds that:
“…but combining them with a workout regimen and diet plan can give you amazing, longer-lasting results.” TOWIE star Sam Faiers also attributes her newly minted bikini body to a combination of healthy diet and fat burning supplements for women.
Other celebs that recommend natural weight loss supplements for women include Jillian Michaels and Hollywood “real housewives” Bethenny Frankel and Jacqueline Laurita.