After denying rumors of an eating disorder, Miley Cyrus has attributed her recent weight loss to the adoption of a gluten-free diet and she has urged others to try a similar lifestyle. But how effective and healthy are these celebrity-recommended diets?
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye, and the lifestyle is traditionally recommended for people suffering from celiac disease. While adopting a gluten-free diet is helpful for those with gluten intolerances, USA TODAY reports that it is not necessarily an effective weight loss measure and that eliminating any one food group can result in serious vitamin deficiencies.
So what about other celebrity-endorsed diet plans? Here’s a few fad diet plans that celebrities have embraced:
The Master Cleanse, favored by stars like Beyonce, is essentially a fast in which the user subsists on nothing more than water and a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water for 10 to 14 days. Though some claim that it works, experts say that these fasts can be unpleasant and dangerous to your health.
The Baby Food Diet reportedly counts Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston among its devotees and is simply based upon the idea of overall caloric reduction. Users eat one real meal per day, along with up to 14 jars of any-flavored baby food.
The 7-Day Color Diet has been used by Christina Aguilera and is grounded in the belief that foods of different colors have different health benefits. Each day of the diet users eat only food of one color, beginning with white and followed by red, green, orange, purple, yellow and, finally, all of the colors.
The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, reportedly preferred by Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, consists of drinking a small dose of vinegar before every meal. Although there may be some health benefits to vinegar, it also carries its own risks, such as lowering potassium levels, interacting negatively with other medications and causing damage due to its acidity.
The Macrobiotic Diet is considered more of a lifestyle devoted to the idea of yin and yang than simply a diet, and has found an advocate in Gwyneth Paltrow. Different foods are paired together in order to attain balance and the plan depends upon the consumption of fresh whole grains and vegetables with limited fish intake.
The Paleo Diet has reportedly been used by Megan Fox and encourages its users to eat like their ancestors. It’s based on the belief that humans are genetically designed to consume certain foods and the plan is limited to foods like meat, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables and nuts. While it may seem healthy, its detractors say that it cuts out essential vitamins and important food groups like dairy.
Although some of these diet plans may seem odd, they have no shortage of fans — celebrity or otherwise — claiming that they work. For the average college student, however, many of these fad diets seem completely unfeasible due to their strenuous commitments on time and money, two things which college students often have in short supply.
But most experts agree that many fad diets can have serious health consequences and that the healthiest and most effective way to lose weight is simply by eating healthily and exercising.
Of course, you could also follow the measure recently proposed by Ashley Judd in an essay in The Daily Beast — to simply let go of contemporary beauty standards!
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