Us Magazine’s “Diets That Work” 2015 Issue

Well, it’s that time again!

When the editors of Us Weekly magazine give us “The Scoop” on how celebrity get their “fabulous bodies.” According to Us- these are “Hollywood’s best new tips for weight without starving yourself.”


Looking over the list below, I’m personally underwhelmed by the “newness” of the diets.  Jessica Simpson’s been a paid spokesperson for Weight Watchers for what seems like years.

Eating lean meats, whole grains and greens, and drinking lots of water seems like standard dietary fare.

The one thing that seems to stands out most is that all the stars’ fitness regimens involve many hours per week (in some cases several hours per day). Most often this is done with the help of a personal trainer.

Celebrity Diet Workout Time
Jennifer Lopez Lean meat, greens Dance-cardio
BodyLab protein shakes
Lupita Nuyong’o Salmon/Chicken with rice Yoga, Weight lifting
Drink lots of water
Jada Pickett Smith Whole grains Pushups, yoga, runs 45 minutes
Jessica Simpson Weight Watchers Strength training 3 times/week
Kate Hudson 1800 cak/day Core work 2 hrs 3x/week
MyFitnessPal app
Sofia Vergara Juices with vegetables Dance, Pilates Daily
Gabrielle Union Green smoothies and fish Kickboxing and sprints 90 minutes
One gallon of water/day
Miranda Lambert Calorie counting Core, cardio 1 hour, daily
Nicki Minaj Cut out candy bars and
potatoes, sugar, and starch
Reese Witherspoon Raw sprouted almond milk Running, rollerblades, “I work out all
shakes hip-hop classes the time”
Hilary Duff “A lot of chicken” Boxing drills
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting Lean protein SoulCycle, yoga
Cut back on alcohol Horseback riding

You should note that the BodyLab protein shakes are a product for which JLo is paid sponsor. They are a company which makes health and fitness formulas specifically for women. They contain no added creatine or testosterone boosters. The company claims that their TastyShake™ Thermodynamic Protein Complex ” help fuel lean tissue, but also helps rev metabolism, increase thermogenesis, enhance energy, improve focus and boost mood.”  It consists primarily of whey protein, supplemented with a “proprietary blend” of Coffee (bean) Extract, Green Tea (leaf) Extract, Asian Ginseng (stem/leaf) Extract, and Guarana (seed) Extract.  We’ll do a review of the use of these extracts in a future story.

 MyFitnessPal  is a website that offers a free calorie counter. It claims to have the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database, with over 4 million entries. The free membership allows users to track their food intake on their computer and with mobile platforms. Tracking food intake has been shown to an important tool in any weight loss program.


Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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