Popular Celebrity Diets

Their faces and bodies litter almost every entertainment magazine, supermarket tabloid, and rumor blogs. More often than not, they are complemented for their flawless looks as well as their sculpted bodies. You often wonder what keeps these celebrities fit and slim. The answer is that they exercise regularly and adhere to a particular diet plan. Want to know what celebrity diet programs are a hit among the Hollywood elite? Here are some of them.

South Beach Diet

It is one of the most popular diets in the United States, especially because of the celebrities who swear by this system. Politicians Bill and Hilary Clinton are rumored to be fans of the diet, as well as talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

The South Beach Diet was created by Arthur Agaston, a doctor based in Miami Beach, who claimed that he devised the diet plan by accident while attempting to help his patients cut their risk of stroke and heart attacks.

In a nutshell, the eating program consists of three stages. The first phase is the strictest part of the diet and lasts for less than two weeks, wherein you are not allowed to eat dairy products, breads, starchy food, and even some fruits and vegetables.

The second stage slowly introduces some of these banned products, while the final stage lets you adapt to the new lifestyle of dieting. The basis behind this plan is that our bodies metabolizes sugar very slowly, thus delivering more insulin.

Atkins Diet

This eating plan introduced the concept of "low carbohydrate diet," wherein you do not consume foods rich in carbs, but at the same time you are allowed to splurge on fats and proteins. The logic behind this weight loss plan is that having a diet dominated by carbohydrates like pasta, bread, rice, and potatoes does not promote an effective burning of fat.

This is because more body burns carbohydrates first, before fat, for energy. Results in the Atkins Diet can be very rapid, which could be the reason why celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Minnie Driver swear over this program.

Studies have backed up this diet’s claims as it was found out that 70 percent of men lost more weight and fat on a low-carbohydrate diet, even if they end up eating more calories. However, several health experts are worried about the long-term effects of high-fat-low-carbohydrate diet that the Atkins Diet espouses.

GI Diet

Another popular celebrity diet, with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, and Kim Catrall of Sex and the City fame known for following this eating plan. The GI Diet was developed by Dr. David Jenkins, a nutrition professor at the University of Toronto, and it works by avoiding certain foods that have a high "glycemic index" or GI. This index is a way of seeing how certain foods raise blood sugar levels.

For instance, foods with a low GI are called "energy storers," which slowly releases sugar into the bloodstream so that you feel fuller for longer and are less likely to be tempted to consume high calorie yet low energy snacks like donuts.