The Diets Your Favourite Celebrities Swear By
If you've ever wondered how your favourite celebrities maintain their svelte figure, you're not alone. We admire their perfect bikini bodies from afar, assuming it's all because of their personal trainers and live-in chefs--and while that may be true, it's also because of their strict diets. Just in time for beach season, we're sharing the ten diets celebrities swear get them in tip-top shape.
The Dukan Diet
The Dukan diet, which hails from France, involves three phases. It starts with a phase of all protein, followed by certain vegetables on certain days, then comes the phase in which you get to add some foods such as cheese and bread. In the final phase, you more or less maintain that third phase, except you revert to an only-protein day one day of the week.
Followers: To lose weight for her wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, stuck to this Dukan method.
The 5-Factor Diet
Want to lose weight and have healthy meals you can prepare quickly? That's the premise behind celeb trainer Harley Pasternak's 5-Factor Diet, which calls for three meals and two snacks daily. The recipes don't take long to make and each one includes protein, fibre, carbs, fluids and a bit of healthy fat--designed so you don't feel hungry or deprived.
Followers: Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys and Amanda Seyfried, to name just a few.
The Alkaline Diet
The alkaline diet calls for maintaining the body's pH level between 7.35 and 7.45. In order to keep it at this alkaline pH, your diet would involve eating more vegetables and fewer grains and protein overall (it breaks down to rougly 80/20).
Followers: The very slender Victoria Beckham is a fan of this alkaline way of eating.
The Fast Diet
How's a diet that lets you eat what you want for five days of the week sound to you? As for the other two days, those couple of days (although they are not to be consecutive) call for fasting. The fasting doesn't mean zero fluids or food, but rather 500 calories a day for women (so you might enjoy some fruit for breakfast and lunch, and then a lean protein for dinner).
Followers: It girls including Miranda Kerr and Liv Tyler are said to have tried this diet created by medical journalist Michael Mosley.
The Cabbage Soup Diet
If you're a fan of a diet that sticks primarily to one food so that it makes mealtime a no-brainer then this diet may appeal to you. You eat mostly cabbage soup for an entire week, but throughout the week, you incorporate a few other foods, such as fruit, greens and beef on certain days.
Followers: This low-cal diet is reportedly one that Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to regularly.
The Vegan Diet
It's a vegan diet that helped power couple Jay Z and Beyonce look so fit for their hot performance at the Grammy Awards this year. A vegan diet consists of abstaining from all meat and any animal products (this includes eggs and dairy) and any ingredients derived from animals.
Followers: Beyonce, Jay Z, Glee's Lea Michele, Olivia Wilde and Anne Hathaway.
The Macrobiotic Diet
This extremely restrictive diet may help whittle your body down into a lean machine. It's a tough one--it calls for eliminating wheat, eggs, meats and dairy. What can you eat then? Lots of vegetables, with an emphasis on sea vegetables (such as wakame).
Followers: It's the regimen that Madonna follows to maintain her incredibly sculpted body.
The Baby Food Diet
Hate cooking? Then the baby food diet might appeal to you--if you can stomach the idea of eating baby food twice a day. You eat two jars of Gerber baby food a day, and then prepare a healthy, balanced dinner.
Followers: Celebs who have been said to have tried it include Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga.
The Paleo Diet
Also known as the caveman diet, the paleo diet is based on the premise that we should be eating like our prehistoric ancestors if we want to avoid developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. This means you will be eating lots of lean protein, fish, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. As for what you eliminate from your diet, this includes dairy, potatoes, refined sugar, salt, and refined vegetable oils (such as canola). This diet calls for much cooking from scratch, so be prepared to get busy in the kitchen. The payoff? Potentially developing a killer bod.
Followers: Miley Cyrus, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel and Megan Fox.