Grapefruit oil: Carmen Electra reportedly carries around a vial of grapefruit oil to sniff whenever hunger strikes. FameFlynet
Master Cleanse: Beyonce used the Master Cleanse to drop 20 pounds for her role in Dreamgirls. The cleanse instructs followers to give up solid foods in favor of fluids for at least 10 days. The beverages include four cups of salt water each morning, a cup of herbal laxative tea at night, and six to 12 glasses of “lemonade” (made from fresh lemon or lime juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water) throughout the day.
Vinegar shots: Megan Fox and Fergie take shots of vinegar — three times a day! — before each meal to keep their weight at bay. Some nutritionists believe that vinegar flushes out fats in the colon, which helps the body digest food while curbing cravings. Courtesy of GQ Magazine
The “Bleak Diet”: Mariah Carey admitted she dropped two dress sizes in 2007 by following a “bleak diet” centered around fish and soup prepared very blandly. The diet emphasizes healthy lean protein.
The “Air Diet“: Madonna has been linked to the “air diet,” which consists of going through the motions of eating without ever taking a bite. Dieters put food on their plates, cut it, dig their fork into it, and hold it up to their mouths to savor the scent — but never taste it. Instead, they subside on soup made from water and salt. Courtesy of Interview Magazine
The Facial Analysis Diet: Kate Winslet shed her baby weight by following the Facial Analysis Diet, created by celebrity nutritionist Elizabeth Gibaud. The diet revolves around the idea that differently shaped faces need different diets, and that facial imperfections signify dietary needs. “Open pores? This could mean there is too much acid in your system. Lines on the forehead? – your diet is too rich and oily. Red or puffy cheeks may signify a dairy intolerance,” reveals the book’s description.
Watercress Soup Diet: Elizabeth Hurley claims she dropped 10 pounds in seven days through a diet of watercress soup. “I drink at least six cups a day when I am eager to lose a few pounds,” she told the Daily Mail. “It’s fat-less, low-calorie, full of vitamins and iron and delicious enough to serve at a dinner party.” Watercress soup typically consists of onions, light chicken stock, three large bunches of watercress, salt and pepper.
Seven strange diets that celebrities have used to lose weight. Will one work for you?
With uncharacteristically warm weather throughout the country, bikini season is approaching faster than ever! From cabbage soup to master cleanses, celebrity “get thin quick” diets are all the rage. Unfortunately, most nutrition experts agree that if a diet seems too good to be true, (i.e. “The Cookie Diet“) it probably is!
“Over the years studies have shown that fad diets do not work long term,” said Alicia Hunter, weight loss coach and author of The Accidental Diet: From Fugly to Fox. “The most proven and safest method for losing weight — and keeping it off — is calorie reduction. That’s it.”
While a healthy balance of diet and exercise is best, here are some more untraditional diets celebrities have used to lose weight…