These days it seems like everywhere you turn there is another headline screaming about the details of a celebrity diet fad. Low carbohydrate, low calorie, and even 100% raw diets are promoted as the latest trend for one Hollywood actress or another. There is a great appeal to the fantasy that we can look like our favorite celebrity goddess simply by eating as she does. Unfortunately for us mere mortals, it’s best to ignore the trendy tips and stick to the common sense advice recommended by nutritionists. Let’s examine why and come back down to reality.
Many of these diets are far too extreme for the ordinary person to follow, and they’re going to require a lot more money than even Nutrisystem’s cost. Without very careful planning, it’s very likely that a strict diet will be deficient in one or more nutritional categories. Fiber, vitamins, calcium, and protein deficiencies are likely to occur once you restrict certain foods or food groups. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence are fortunate in that they have access to a team of professional chefs, nutritionists, and trainers. Most of us don’t have that luxury. Simply trying to imitate the eating habits of your favorite celebrity based on a magazine cover or online article will not bring the results we desire without access to these professional advisers.
Looks can be deceiving. Yes, we may long for the tall and slender bodies of our favorite actresses or models. However, their loveliness is not necessarily an indicator of robust health. Again, a team of stylists, hair and makeup artists, photographers and Photoshop experts are at the beck and call of these celebrity artists and their promotional teams. These talented people work hard and are paid well to present the perfect image for their clients. They are also experts at hiding the physical imperfections that may arise from an inadequate diet. Dull listless hair, poor skin tone, and dark circles under the eyes are all easily disguised by a team of professionals. Unfortunately, it is also true that many nutritional deficiencies do not manifest themselves physically and remain hidden.
You may have different nutritional needs than your favorite celebrity. Your own food allergies, dietary sensitivities, and even personal preferences may hinder your ability to thrive on the celebrity diet fad of your choice. Certainly, individual needs vary and you may need more energy or be more active than your idol. Perhaps you have a medical condition, like anemia or low blood sugar, that requires a different diet for optimal health. If you are lactose intolerant or have sensitivities to gluten, you won’t be able to eat the same foods that a grilled cheese sandwich loving celebrity does.
Some celebrities follow very intense workout regimens courtesy of their personal trainers. This is particularly true for celebrity athletes like Serena Williams, but for other stars as well. Their extremely active lifestyle allows them to indulge in more decadent foods than their sedentary fans would reasonably be able to. A very active model, actress, or artist may be able to regularly consume what should be a rare treat for most of us. Blindly copying how these active celebrities eat can result in weight gain, the exact opposite of what many of us wish to achieve.
Finally, let’s not forget the secret weapon in the wealthy celebrity’s arsenal–cosmetic surgery. It makes perfect sense for a star to choose to go under the knife in pursuit of the perfect face and body. After all, that’s how they earn their living. However, for most ordinary people it is an option that is out of reach financially. All surgery carries with it some medical risk, making it a last resort from a health perspective as well. The model or artist that you idolize may have achieved her gorgeous looks courtesy of her surgeon, not her diet, and you would be none the wiser.
So what’s the average, not famous, ordinary person to do? Resist the urge to transform yourself overnight into your favorite screen idol. Eat a well balanced, adequate diet that is approved by your healthcare provider. Get adequate exercise, clean water, and fresh air. Above all, pursue a healthy lifestyle but love yourself and your body. There is no one else like you, on screen, in print, or anywhere else!
See ya later,