Food Pyramid and Hollywood Diets
Film stars, singers and actors all have to keep themselves in superlatively good shape with a blend of diet, exercise and (increasingly) surgery. But how do their unusual diets measure up to the Food Pyramid in terms of long term health, balancing weight loss and nutrition and consuming the right combinations of foodstuffs?
The AtkinsThe Atkins Diet became an absolute craze around ten years ago in Hollywood and the revised version of this no carbohydrate/high protein food regime is followed by some the current crop of top actresses such as Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger.
Theory and PracticeThe underlying principle behind the Atkins Diet is that restricting carbohydrate intake means the body utilises stored fat as its main energy supply, burning up stored calories and giving rapid and dramatic weight loss. The appeal of the diet plummeted when medical authorities warned about the long term consequences of heart disease resulting from high-cholesterol eating but the new improved version does offer more foods including ‘healthy’ carbs like wholegrain bread, rice and pasta and fresh fruit and less fat-rich protein such as grilled chicken, lean meats and oily fish.
How it Stacks UpIt’s notable that the curvier of the Hollywood stars, such as Jen and Renee, are said to be fans of the new ‘Atkins light’ diet as they are also said to be the ladies who have to lose most, most rapidly, for film roles. As a short term diet, the new Atkins is pretty healthy but in the long term, say more than three months, the risks of not consuming enough complex carbs still do start to rise, and as a life-time diet, the Atkins isn’t ever going to be at the top of the ‘wise eating’ list.
The Baby Food DietSupposedly chosen by Reese Witherspoon and Marcia Cross, this involves eating a jar of baby food instead of a meal, twice a day, and then having a healthy dinner.
Theory and PracticeThe pureed food (the 125 gram jar size) contains around between 80 and 100 calories so it really does involved a dramatic calorie cut. The dinner is supposed to be a usual size portion of healthy food, i.e. grilled meat and salad or a pasta with a tomato rather than a cream sauce or a low fat curry and rice.
It’s said that certain film stars choose this form of diet to get down to a required weight for specific roles in a hurry.