From vitamin injections to eliminating solid foods - here are the craziest celebrity diets
Thursday 27 September 2012
Closer reveal the most extreme celebrity diets, and the stars who follow them. From vitamin injections to eliminating solid foods; meet the stars that will stop at nothing to achieve the perfect red carpet body.
The “Master Cleanse”
Beyonce made headlines in 2010 when she admitted she lost 20lb in 2 weeks by sticking to a diet of Cayenne Pepper and Maple Syrup. The bootylicious singer was desperate to slim down for her role in Dreamgirls, and did so with a magic combination of spices, lemon juice for shifting waste, and maple syrup for pure sugary energy.
Emmy award winner Jaime Pressly admitted going on the cabbage soup diet to shift pounds. "I went on the cabbage soup diet, which is a detox diet," she told press, "and it is definitely all about high protein and low carbs." The plan involves elimination (on one day you can only eat vegetables), and the gradual reintroduction of food groups. The cabbage soup is what you can use to curb hunger. Sounds delicious…
The diet where – you guessed it – solid food is banned, and everything must be in purified form. Countless celebrities have admitted using this method at some stage to lose pounds and exotic beauty Salma Hayek is no exception. Salma said of the regime: “If I’ve been indulging in rich foods, a cleanse is a wonderful way to hit the reset button. I always lose weight.” Blenders at the ready ladies…
The Macrobiotic Diet
Only for the most extreme health nuts - the macrobiotic diet has celeb followers such as the statuesque Gwyneth Paltrow. Although not fully macro now, Gwyneth admits she was for about 4 years, and still maintains its principles today. “Being macrobiotic is basically about eating local, organic, seasonal food that isn't processed, and that's how I eat now, so it's not that different.”
Celebs taking nutrients intravenously has been a popular story of late – but the practice has been taking place for much longer than many people realise. Back in the noughties Geri Halliwell admitted to hiring a private nurse to give her a little help on the diet front. Her publicist stated: “Geri is having regular injections of a cocktail of vitamins at the moment to boost her energy. She has a very gruelling schedule.” But as the injections can cause cramps, nose-bleeds, liver disease and permanent kidney damage, we’d steer clear of this dangerous fad.