Celebrities and Weight Loss
Diet and Christmas
For many of us, the business of diet and fitness tends to go to the wall over the Christmas period. We tell ourselves that Christmas only comes once a year - and that once the festive season is over, we will pursue our quest for that film-star figure with renewed vigour in the New Year.
But, how about the stars themselves ? Do they 'pig out' at Christmas ? And if so, what do they do to rediscover their sleek and slender torsos ?
The whole business of image and physical appearance is of course a matter of great importance to film stars and indeed many other celebrities. It may not be so important if you are a seasoned middle-aged character actor - but if you are playing the male or female lead it may well be a totally different matter.
It sometimes seems that not a month goes by without someone launching a new revolutionary diet, or regime, that promises to melt away those unwanted layers of surplus fat. And before long, we are being told by some glossy magazine that such and such a celebrity swears by it, and has lost so many pounds in next to no time.
And it gets our attention - doesn't it ? At least for a while. But let's face it - a diet which consists of nothing more than daily portions of cabbage soup, or a beverage made from maple syrup and lemon juice, is only going to get our attention for a short period of time.
The problem with all these restrictive regimes is that they do not remove our deep-seated craving for food - real food - and it's only going to be a matter of time before temptation gets the better of us. And at that point, the fact that Miss Hollywood Celebrity X managed to lose 15 pounds in 3 weeks, won't weigh too heavily on our judgement.
Hot Stuff !
So, I guess the ideal weight loss scenario has to be one where we can eat what we like, when we like, and then take some 'magic pill' that will somehow prevent us from piling on the weight in the first place.
Sounds like pipe-dream material - and yet there have been quite a few 'diet pills' launched onto the market in recent years. Many, if not most, of these are based on naturally occurring ingredients.
The latest weight loss sensation is called Capsiplex, and is based on none other than the hot chilli pepper, or capsicum, to give it it's correct name. It has been greeted with enthusiasm by health trainers in the USA, and has apparently been endorsed by quite a number of Hollywood 'A List' celebrities. In fact, the manufacturers claim that Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears, all swear by it.
Capsiplex comes in the form of a pill containing an optimum amount of capsicum extract. We are told that it works because the chilli extract enables us to burn off far more calories than we would do otherwise.
Apparently, it is best taken an hour or so before exercise - but you don't have to exercise at all if you don't want to. The manufacturers claim that one capsule provides the same benefit, in terms of burning off calories, as an hour-and-a half walk or a 25-minute jog. They also assure us that it is a 100% natural product, and that there are no known adverse side effects.
So why not simply eat more chilli ? After all, many of us have a liking for Mexican food.
Well, it seems that to get the same amount of calorie-burning benefit, we would need to eat far more chilli pepper than our digestive systems could handle without suffering acute discomfort. We are talking here about the prospect of severe gastric irritation, and possibly even burns to the mouth and throat.
The secret of success lies in the coating that encloses the fiery contents of each capsule of Capsiplex. It has been engineered to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach, and does not dissolve away until it reaches the higher PH conditions that prevail in the intestine, where the contents of the capsule can be assimilated into the blood stream and into our body tissue without causing irritation.
And if you're wondering about 'fiery episodes' at the far end of the alimentary canal, there's no need to worry, because we are assured that any undigested residues will have been broken down to harmless substances by the time that they reach that 'region'.
Now that's what I call smart !