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These diets are meant to minimize the body's intake of carbohydrates. Research has
confirmed that excessive carbohydrates do contribute to weight gain. Low Carb diets
focus on bringing a balance to the dieter's everyday food habits by replacing the
carbohydrate-heavy elements with more nourishing and less fattening food groups like
proteins or fiber.
The Atkins diet strictly restricts carbs so the body can stop relying on carbs for
energy and start using body fat to produce energy instead. Developed by Dr. Robert
Atkins, the Atkins diet saw great popularity across the US and elsewhere in the early
noughties. Celebrities on the Atkins diet include Hollywood stars Jennifer Aniston
and Renee Zellwegger. Sharon Osbourne, Robbie Williams have also followed the diet.
Geri Halliwell, Minnie Driver and Sarah Jessica Parker were also on the list of Atkins
followers in the noughties.
Devised by cardiologist Arthur Agatston and dietician Marie Almon, the South Beach
diet is a low fat, regulated carb diet that continues to remain popular for its heart-friendly
benefits. The diet basically replaces high GI carbs with low GI carbs and trans/saturated
fats with unsaturated/omega 3 fat. Celebrity followers have included Eva Mendes,
Bill Clinton, Kim Cattrall, Jessica Alba, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson.
Detox diets are a favourite in celebrity circles for their cleansing powers. High-pressure
careers in the spotlight have made detox diets popular in the entertainment circuit.
The general principle is to eat light, avoid all heavy, processed, unhealthy foods
and combine this with other cleansing therapies. Kate Moss, Anne Hathaway, Beyonce,
Jared Leto, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah have all gone the detox route.
The Tea Diet usually requires a significant intake of green or white tea as way to
boost metabolism, cleanse the system and lose excess weight. Celebrity patrons include
Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston. The tea in use can be a non-caffeinated
natural tea or a specialist blend of herbs that are meant to push metabolism function
into high gear.
The Paleo Diet, devised by Loren Cordain, basically advises a return to eating habits from the Paleolithic era. It includes foods that were probably available at the time to cavemen hunter-gatherers and excludes dairy, cereal, pulses, sugars and processed food. The creator of the diet argues that this return to primitive tradition could help prevent some of the diseases associated with modern lifestyles caused by eating unsuitable food. Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Shannon Ford, Eva La Rue and Matthew McConaughey have all gone Paleo.
Celebrity bodies are in the spotlight constantly. With such pressure to have fit bodies, celebrities constantly explore dietary ways to optimize their fitness and look good. Some opt for tried and tested formulas while others aren't afraid to experiment creatively. Diets can vary in principle: some may regulate certain kind of food groups; others may seek to detoxify the body of impurities. Celebrity diets tend to be combined with fitness regimes designed to complement the purpose of the diet. Celebrity endorsements- both official and casual- tend to influence the popularity of a diet.