Do celebrity diet fads work? If so, can they work for you? Firstly, the more sound a DF (diet fad) is in scientific back up then, the greater chance it works!
And secondly, the degree of adherence, focus and somewhat perseverance from an individual might well be the defining factor in getting the desired results.
Reducing your carbohydrate intake will generally lose you weight, totally cutting them out will almost certainly do it! But that may well cause a problem if you workout intensely as its your main source of fuel (glycogen) and without them you may well feel weak, dizzy or nausea.
Celebrities have great motivating factors in adhering to a diet because they’re being paid thousands, if not millions, to look a certain way and looking their best will bring in more work or media focus.
Now the average person looking to try the DF of their favourite celebrity may not have the same driving forces behind them to succeed but none the less, they can reap the benefits if they follow most of the DF’s wisely.
DF’s can work but are very difficult to sustain over a long period of time and once that time has run out, the bad habits can come back with a vengeance! With this in mind the solution is to find a lifestyle dietary regimen that dosen’t feel like it has you chained down but dose require you to have “mindful eating”, hence why the “Mindful Diet” is my favourite or prefered diet to follow over the likes of “The Baby Food Diet” made popular by Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer Tracy Anderson or “The Raw FoodDiet” followed by the likes of singer Sting and actor Woody Harrelson!
The Mindful Diet
The “Mindful Diet” has you become aware of all the pro’s and cons of the food your thinking of putting in your mouth against “mindless eating” where no thought is given or care felt about satisfying your hunger or cravings. It dosen’t require you to be a vegan/vegetarian or cut out all carbs but it allows you too if you feel its the right thing to do for “YOU!”
The Baby Food Diet
Now, eating baby food may sound whacky but as its filled with nutritious vitamins and free of additives its not as whacky as it may sound, many selections are gluten free and organic varieties are available for those who it may concern. But small portions may lead to a binge latter on if ones focus wanes or perseverance lets us down and the taste is bland and satiety maynot be achieved! I’d like to know how long Tracy Anderson actually has adhered to it for?
The Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet is based on eating unprocessed with preference to organic, whole plant based foods which the minimum should be 75% uncooked!
Fresh fruits,vegetables,nuts,seeds,legumes,grains,beans, other natural foods which have not been processed or cooked, milk form a young coconut are all in the RFD! Raw foods contains
more essential food enzymes than cooked foods, foods cooked above 116 F lose most of their enzymes.
So as you can see their is some sound scientific base for the above diet fads, where as you take something like the “Blood Type Diet” and it all becomes theory! Now the thing about theory is, it all comes down to belief and how deep that belief is until its proven wrong or maybe right. The naturopathic physician Peter D’ Adamo claims that ABO blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet and he recommends distinct diets for each blood type but the consensus amongst physicians, dietitians as well as scientists is that his theory has no base in scientific evidence!
So until he proves them wrong his followers are perceviving his belief as a reality but that dosen’t quite cut it for me personally.
The OMG diet
Right now the new diet fad is the OMG (literally oh my god) diet! Which advocates skipping breakfast, consuming caffeine before you workout, sleeping in and having cold baths to lose fat in six weeks.
Now skipping breakfast is regarded as against the status quo so a lot of people are up in arms at Venice A. Fulton, but consuming caffeine before you workout can target those stubborn fat areas that are difficult to get to as it increases free flowing fatty acids from your fat stores allowing you to access fat instead of carbs or lean muscle for energy.
As for taking cold baths helping fat loss, yes that has a scientific base, your body has to work harder to keep you warm in a cold bath it wants to be 98.6 degrees and will do anything to get back there! It will burn calories as heat and most of those calories come from fat. But the drawbacks are caffeine can make you crave sugary food so therefore make you binge if your not focused. In this day and age how many of us get to sleep in and I for, one hate cold baths, ( even though ice cold baths speed up your recovery from a hard workout).
Personally, I like “The Mindful Diet”, I think you can sustain it over a longer period of time ( 3 weeks continually doing something it becomes a habit some say) and therefore the likely hood of it becoming a lifestyle and not just a diet fad is very strong.
Until next time
Jay Darrell Ingleton