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How Celebrities Lose Weight and Stay Thin & Skinny - The Best Celebrity Diets

Updated on February 19, 2012

How do they do it? Celebrities seem to be able to lose weight and stay thin effortlessly, looking great in a bikini or evening dress. The reality is that they struggle with weight loss and maintenance too, otherwise, you wouldn't see so many Hollywood before and after weight loss stories. But, you might argue, celebrities have weight loss resources that the typical person doesn't have access to, right? They have personal trainers and special food plans that make it easy to lose weight and keep it off. That may be true, but they also use the same tried and true methods that the typical person does. Perhaps the difference between a celebrity and the typical person lies in the level of commitment to the goal. For a celebrity, appearance is essential for their career and therefore they're probably super motivated. You too can achieve weight loss like a celebrity. All it takes is one of these top celebrity weight loss diets and your motivation.

Top Celebrity Diets and Weight Loss Plans

Weight Watchers: Jennifer Hudson, Jenny McCarthy, and Sarah Ferguson all famously lost weight using the Weight Watchers diet plan. The main component of Weight Watchers is their proprietary point system. Each participant is alloted a certain number of points for each day. They then simply select foods that stay within that point value during the day. The benefit of the Weight Watchers plan is that a participant can eat whatever they like, as long as they stay within their point limit for the day. If there's a celebration planned, you can simply eat fewer points earlier in the day and then you'll have the points left to splurge on a glass of wine or a dessert later on. The disadvantage of Weight Watchers is that you need to count the point value of what you eat each day. Portion sizes are important since they play into the points value so you need to be very careful not to take too large a serving. It can also be very disruptive and tedious to keep track of point all day long. After paying a registration fee of about $40 you'll pay about $13 per week.

5 Factor Diet: Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Eva Mendez, and Alicia Keys are all said to have followed the 5 Factor Diet made popular by Harley Pasternak. The program consists of diet and exercise with 5 meals a day, 5 days of exercise a week for 25 minutes each time, and 1 free day to indulge. Each meal must contain 5 key ingredients, protein, healthy fats, healthy carbs, fiber, and a sugar-free beverage. His book explains the principles. Or, you can spend $120 on the complete success system, which includes a quick start guide, DVD, diet plans and more. Finally, for $4 per week, you can join 5 Factor for a customized meal plan, recipes, and workout tips. Many celebrities have had success with this plan to it seem like one worth trying. The cheat day seems great too!

Tracy Anderson Method: Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Scarlett Johansson have all reportedly followed the Tracy Anderson Method, which includes a diet and exercise plan. The diet is low in carbohydrates, eliminating all bread, pasta, and white carbs while including lean proteins and vegetables to the tune of 1400 to 1600 calories per day. The plan also includes 100 minutes per day of intense cardio workouts. Using light weights, no more than three pounds, you do an hour long weightlifting routine followed by 40 minutes of cardio dance. Tracy Anderson sells DVD's of her workouts but her diet plan is expensive to sign up for at $200-$500 per month. Instead of signing up for such an expensive program, following a diet consisting of lean proteins and vegetables will achieve the same benefit. Just be sure to watch those portion sizes!

Atkins Diet: Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Zita Jones, and Bill Clinton have all followed the low carbohydrate Atkins Diet. The premise of this diet is to reduce carbohydrates to the point where your body begins burning fat for energy instead of carbs. The benefit of this diet is that you can eat as much as you want of the allowed, low carb foods and there's no need to count calories. However, counting carbohydrates is necessary and can be tedious. All in all, this diet is inexpensive, requiring only the paperback book and a few hours of reading to get started. It's also easy to follow for most lifestyles and when eating out. And best of all, it really works!

The Eat Clean Diet: Angelina Jolie, Halle Berrie, and Nicole Kidman have all reportedly followed Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet. This eating plan isn't really a diet but rather a lifestyle change. It consists of eating only whole, unprocessed foods prepared in healthy ways and advocates eating five to six mini-meals each day. There are no calorie, carbohydrate or fat guidelines. One must simply eat fresh, whole foods such as whole grains, fresh and frozen vegetables, fruit, and lean proteins. There are several books written by Tosca Reno that describe the eating plan and provide recipes. Tosca Reno is a 50 something year old who famously reshaped her body at age 40 by eating clean and lifting weights. She then went on to compete in figure competitions and write books on the topic. Very inspirational!

Cleansing Diets: Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, and Demi Moore are all said to have followed the Master Cleanse. This cleansing plan consists of drinking a mixture of fresh squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayanne pepper throughout the day whenever you're hungry. The diet also includes laxative teas or a salt water flush twice a day and continues for ten days. With no food and six to twelve glasses of the cleansing drink each day, one is bound to lose weight. Although fasting has been around for a long time and is reportedly beneficial for a number of health conditions, continuing this cleanse for longer than 10 days or going on it repeatedly can be harmful due to a lack of essential nutrients like protein.

Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

Now that you've picked a diet plan, how do you stay motivated? Try these tricks to keep yourself on track:

  • Buy a pair of jeans or a bikini in the size you want to get down to. Keep it out somewhere so you can see it and periodically try it on.
  • Tell several close friends and your family that you're following a weight loss plan. Tell them your goal and keep them posted about how you're doing.
  • Post pictures of women who are motivational to you somewhere noticeable like on your closet door or in your bathroom.
  • Find a friend to join you on the diet as well as for workouts.
  • Attend weekly meetings like the type offered through Weight Watchers.
  • Set short term goals and decide how you're going to reward yourself for hitting them. Ideas might be buying yourself a new outfit or taking a special trip.


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      6 years ago

      This article is really going to help me want to loss weight not just to be able to wear smaller chlothes but to get more self confidence and to fell healthy

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      6 years ago

      thanks for this article. i realized that i am a skinny fat because lost a lot of weight by jogging in small time. time to make muscle, as ur article suggests.

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      6 years ago

      Great article - Thank you!

      I searched in Google "Why are celebrities so skinny" and this article answered me question.

    • SD Dickens profile imageAUTHOR

      SD Dickens 

      6 years ago

      Hi Erika - Thank you for your comment. I certainly don't think that thin and emaciated girls are the only standard of beauty. Like you, I think that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. I wrote this article for those who want to follow the diets used by their favorite celebrities. Many of the celebrities I mentioned aren't emaciated at all. Rather, they're muscular and shapely like Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Tosca Reno, and Jenny McCarthy. I also didn't mean to imply that being attractive is the only requirement to be an actress. It goes without saying they would also need to be able to act but I don't think anyone would deny that actresses have to live by a high standard when it comes to their physical appearance. I simply called attention to the way things are, not how I think they should be. You seem offended and for that I apologize.

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      6 years ago

      So, basically what you are saying is that thin and emaciated girls and women are the ONLY form of beauty and that they are attractive? I mean I am not judging or saying anything mean, I just want to know if that is what you think and apparently that IS what you think. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I am not saying that yours is wrong or right, nor am I trying to be judgmental, I am just asking a question. You said that a celebrity’s career depends on appearance and that they get paid to look good and beautiful right? Well, since almost EVERY woman and girl in Hollywood is either thin, slim, skinny, or emaciated, that is what is beautiful and attractive and that anything that does not fit this is not beautiful or attractive, interesting. First of all, celebrities DO NOT get paid to look attractive and their career does not depend on appearance. Ok, celebrities SET THE STANDARDS FOR BEAUTY, they say what is beautiful and what is not, they DO NOT get paid to look “attractive” because of their social status they SAY WHAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND WHAT IS NOT. They set the standards but they set so high for people who ARE ACTUALLY HUMAN BEINGS, for the rest of society, so that they cant achieve them, so WE WONT be able to be beautiful, only they are considered beautiful, just like you said, they are effing asses and selfish . I think this is wrong, if I had the opportunity to set the standards for beauty, there would not be any standards because EVERYONE would be beautiful, but unfortunately, I don’t have that opportunity, and celebrities clearly DO NOT think that I am right because if they did then EVERYONE would be considered beautiful at any size but they are not. I do not appreciate your article because it is WRONG. By the way, I though that singers got paid to sing and depended on their musical ability, actresses and actors got paid to act and depended on their acting ability, and so on and so forth, but according to you they SUCK AT THEIR JOBS. Thank you for listening to my comment.

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      6 years ago

      Great article! Like any woman, I also have my skinny jeans to motivate myself. Cheers!


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