Healthy living is the goal of millions of people around the world. Most people would like to be healthy and they work towards achieving that goal.
Staying in shape and following a healthy diet are essential to being healthy and leading a healthy life. This takes hard work, and celebrities are not immune to this either.
What many of us fail to realize is that celebrities have to work hard too, to maintain their bodies. They use the hottest celebrity diets, and rather than feeling disappointed that we don’t look like them, it’s prudent to take a page from their book and try following those same celebrity diets that work.
Get to Know the Latest Celebrity Diets
Do you ever wonder how your favorite Hollywood actors or actresses ward off weight gain?
Red carpet denizens like Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Gisele Bundchen and Megan Fox all maintain their hot celebrity bods with the health industry’s latest celebrity diets.
There are several celebrity diets that work and that we should emulate. Here’s the top seven latest celebrity diets for you to try:
1. 5-Factor Diet
The 5-Factor Diet was created by celebrity trainer and fitness guru Harley Pasternak. It’s based on the Glycemic Index (GI), which rates foods according to their effect on blood sugar levels.
Followers eat five meals a day that must be made up of these “5-Factor Foods” – a low-fat protein, a complex (low- to medium-GI) carbohydrate, fiber, a healthy fat, and a sugar-free beverage or water.
These food recommendations with a low GI, coupled with high-fiber foods, helps to control cravings and to prevent overeating by keeping your insulin levels stable.
Regular exercise is also encouraged and it accounts for 50% of the plan. Followers must exercise five days a week to get the “full benefit” of the plan. Pasternak suggests five exercises, to be done five days each week, that take about five minutes each to do.
Celeb followers include Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys and Rihanna.
2. Atkins Diet
Consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates – sugars and “simple starches” like potatoes, white bread, and rice – causes our insulin levels to rise and fall rapidly. This rise and fall triggers our bodies to store as much fat as possible, and also make it less likely that stored fat is used as a source of energy.
Limiting carbohydrates forces the body to turn to an alternative energy source – stored fat. Since most people on the Atkins Diet consume a higher proportion of proteins and fat like chicken, meat, and eggs than they normally do, burning fat as an energy source will cause weight loss.
With this celebrity diet you go through four “phases”, starting with very few carbs in Phase 1 (20-25 grams net carbs) and eating progressively more carbs until you get to your goal weight.
Celebrity moms like Kim Kardashian, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sharon Osbourne are some of the celebs who have proven this diet an effective way to lose weight.
3. Dukan Diet
The Dukan Diet is a high protein, low carb-based nutritional approach created by a French physician, Pierre Dukan. It proposes a healthy eating plan in which counting calories is not the key to weight loss. It’s based on how primitive man used to eat when he was a hunter-gatherer.
The Dukan Diet, or Dukan method also has four phases, and it includes 100 foods, 72 of which are from animal sources and 28 are from plant sources.
Dieters don’t have to worry about the servings consumed. This celebrity diet has no limit as to how much you should have, provided that you stick to those 100 foods.
Princess Kate Middleton followed this celebrity diet to get her body back after giving birth. Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have also used this diet as a means of getting their slender, lean bodies after giving birth.
4. Hamptons Diet
Founded by the former medical director of the Atkins Center, Dr. Fred Pescatore, the Hamptons Diet focuses on lean meats, healthy fats, and restricting carb levels.
It encourages users to choose whole foods (organic when possible) that are minimally processed and lots of low carb vegetables and fish.
A lot of emphasis is also placed on monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) — especially macadamia nut oil and omega-3 fatty acids. This is because research has indicated that MUFAs can actually help you feel full sooner by stopping the hunger signal so you don’t overeat.
Unlike the Atkins Diet, the Hamptons Diet asks users to forego refined carbohydrates and to stick to complex carbohydrates as well as healthy meat options.
The Hamptons Diet has major celebrity draw and is followed by celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, and Kate Hudson, who went on it to help lose her baby weight.
5. Paleo Diet
Paleo Diet, also called the caveman diet, is a high-protein, low-carb diet that focuses on going back – way back – to the Paleolithic period of more than 10,000 years ago, when food that was eaten by cavemen was from hunting and gathering animal protein and plants.
The Paleo Diet is one of the hottest celebrity diets this year. It encourages dieters to eat more fruits and veggies than processed foods. So say goodbye to refined sugars, dairy, legumes and grains, and embrace meats, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables.
What and how much you eat is dependent on your goals or the specific program you’re on, if you have chosen to follow one.
Jessica Biel, Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus are some of the celebrities reported to be following this diet.
6. South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet was started by a cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, and a nutritionist, Marie Almon. It operates on the premise that there are good carbs and bad carbs, and that the key to losing weight is choosing the best of each so as to control our insulin levels.
The South Beach Diet emphasizes lots of vegetables, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, lean protein like chicken and turkey, whole grains, and nuts. It’s a low-carb high-protein diet.
The diet has three “phases”, though if you have less than 10 pounds to lose, you can start with phase 2. Just like the Atkins Diet, each phase becomes progressively less restrictive.
The focus is on replacing simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, and bad fats with good fats.
You don’t have to count calories, fat grams, carbohydrates, or anything else. You just eat three meals a day, including two snacks, and one high-protein dessert (like Greek yogurt or chocolate mousse).
The diet lasts as long as you want—depending on your weight-loss goals.
Nicole Kidman, Kim Cattrall and Oprah Winfrey are reported to be following this diet.
7. Zone Diet
The Zone Diet focuses on controlling your insulin levels – resulting in more successful weight loss and body weight control – and, achieving a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fats every time you eat.
It also emphasizes eating good, complex carbohydrates and fats, such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts.
Increased insulin levels promote inflammation, which in turn causes you to gain weight. Eating foods in the right proportions ensures that your insulin and other inflammation-promoting hormones stay “in the zone”, not too high or too low.
The Zone Diet recommends a maximum of 1,200 calories a day for women and 1,500 calories a day for men. You eat five times a day – three meals and two snacks.
Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford are some of the celebrities who experienced enhanced health status after they entered the Zone.