Diets of the Stars

The January 11 issue of Us Magazine has a cover story on the “Best Diets” of “A-list” celebrities including Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Fox, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and others (below). The article doesn’t have complete diet details for every celebrity covered, but there was enough there that we thought it would be interesting to compare their practices. Please note that we’re not endorsing any of these diets or claiming that they are safe or effective.

Of the 16 celebrities, nine use one of the systems where they don’t have to think about what they’re eating because the meal plans are designed and manufactured by the companies and shipped directly to the dieter (Lifestyle, Jenny Craig, 5 Squares and Sunfare). Six of the celebrities use some type of “cleanse” or “detox” regimen (Baby Food Cleanse, Clean, QuickTrim or BluePrintCleanse). Five of the celebrities use a low carbohydrate strategy (not just pasta and potatoes but also sugar and alcohol are carbohydrates). One celebrity uses a food journal or diet diary to keep track of her diet (a completely new approach to food journaling has recently become available). In addition to diet, all of the celebrities also use exercise to control their weight. We’ll have more on the subject of exercise in a later story.

Jennifer Aniston Lifestyle Diet, Tracy Anderson Baby Food Cleanse
Valerie Bertinelli Jenny Craig
America Ferrera 5 Squares
Megan Fox Limits sugar intake to one toaster strudel a day
Kate Hudson “Bans booze”
Khloe Kardashian QuickTrim, oatmeal, salads, chicken and trades sweets for edamame
Heidi Klum low carbohydrate
Beyonce Knowles low carbohydrate, “shuns alcohol”
Queen Latifa Jenny Craig
Shanna Moakler Sunfare 1200 calories per day
Gwyneth Paltrow Lifestyle Diet, Clean (detox)
Sarah Jessica Parker BluePrintCleanse
Kelly Ripa Lifestyle Diet, Tracy Anderson Baby Food Cleanse
Shakira Lifestyle Diet, Tracy Anderson Baby Food Cleanse
Ashley Simpson 1500 calories per day
Carrie Underwood vegetarian, counts calories using a food journal, avoids soda and excess sugar
Vanessa Williams 5 Squares
Reece Witherspoon organic roasted veggie salad and hummus
Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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