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Copyright © August 2005 Jonny Bowden and Low Carb Luxury
OK, are you really, really ready for the real, true, honest dirt? The complete
truth about Hollywood diet secrets? I promise you — this is the real deal, and I'm
going to back it up with hard evidence, so get ready to take notes. Here's the real,
serious-business truth about the dieting secrets of the Hollywood stars:
There are none.
Want proof? I compiled the following from recent interviews and articles on the dieting
"secrets" of Hollywood stars: Alicia Silverstone is a vegan. Joan Lunden eats fruit.
Jennifer Aniston is on the Zone. Dianne Sawyer does cabbage soup. Heather Locklear
likes McDonalds and french fries. Jennifer Lopez eats eight mini-meals. Claudia Schiffer
sips green tea. Patricia Heaton eats lots of dairy. Melanie Griffith drinks smoothies.
Demi Moore eats high-protein. Nia Peebles shuns protein. Kelly Preston eats oatmeal and
In other words, as the brilliant writer William Goldman once said about Hollywood...
"Nobody knows anything."
In fact, the only remotely sensible statement I found anywhere in researching this column
was one by Sarah Michelle Geller who basically said, "Look, it's crazy for people to try to
be as thin as we are. We have personal trainers and personal chefs. It's our job to look
Even then, folks, it ain't easy. Check out some of those "candid" photos of the stars when
they're not made up, and done up, and dressed up, and are just relaxing on the beach — not
realizing they're being stalked by some paparazzi with a 500mm telephoto lens and a contract
with the tabloids.
No, we'd love to believe that everyone in Hollywood has the "magic secret", and if only we could
figure out what it was, we too could look like they do. Nice theory, but it has a few holes
Number one: There's no "they." Hollywood stars come in all shapes and sizes and metabolic and
genetic types just like we do. They have varying degrees of addiction just like we do. They
have varying degrees of discipline and motivation just like we do. And they respond completely
differently to different regimins. Just like we do.
Number two: They don't know any more than we do. Most go to their friends or hairdressers
for diet tips, or get introduced to the latest diet guru because they share the same publicist.
Some stars hire people to tell them what to do, and the people they hire are as different in
their approaches and as varied in their skills as any group of experts on diet and nutrition
anywhere. Which is to say a lot. Sure some trainers or nutritionists become "hot" for awhile,
just like a hairstylist does, but they get "not hot" faster than the wardrobe changes at the
Radio City Christmas Show. I've seen a dozen come into favor, and go out faster than you can
say "E True Hollywood Story."
Number three: They struggle with the same issues about food and drink, and their bodies
respond in the same variety of ways. The only differences are that they do it in full view
of the public and that they have access to magicians — called hair, make-up and lighting
people — to do things to them that you simply can't believe unless you've seen it done in
front of your very own eyes. I have, and I can tell you this: What these folks can do makes
the Sigfried and Roy Show look like a card trick.
Once in awhile, a star will lend her name to a diet book, or a workout video. Most often,
if it's any good, it was designed by someone else. The star may have some input, just like
they do when they do a signature line perfume, but you didn't really think Elizabeth
Taylor sat there and blended 65 notes of fragrance, did you? Cindy Crawford's first video
was designed by NY trainer Radu. Cher's was done by Keli Roberts. And the popular
Sommersizing books are basically modified versions of the Schwarzbein Principle by
Dr. Diana Schwarzbein who was her advisor on the project. (But Suzanne does look great
on the book jacket!)
Now this is not a put-down to Hollywood stars. I've known many of them, and they're very
nice people. Or at least some are. But they are not the best people to turn to for
nutritional advice. Look — it's hard enough to find a nutritionist who knows what he
or she is doing. Why would you expect biochemistry expertise from Gwennyth Paltrow?
There is one secret to Hollywood diets, and it's the same secret I've been telling
Shape Uppers for years now. It's the only secret you'll ever need to know, and if
you really get it and accept it, you'll be on your way to success — not only in weight
loss, but in life. Here it is:
Oh by the way, 'case you were interested... Mel Gibson doesn't eat chicken.
Wanna know why?
He read somewhere that men who eat chicken breasts run the risk of sprouting
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