Celebrity health fads

Often when your famous there is a lot of pressure on you to look a certain way. Some celebrities deal with the media scrutiny by trying out some extreme health fads in order to look better or to lose weight quickly. We round up the top five.

Oil Pulling- Oil pulling is an ancient remedy made more popular in recent years by devotees such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. All you do is put a tablespoon of sesame oil into your mouth and swish it like a mouthwash for 15-20 minutes. 20 minutes with oil in your mouth is an extremely long time. However, if you manage it, oil pulling claims to dispel foul breath, digestive problems, fatigue and aches and pains.

Lemon Detox Diet- Made famous by Beyoncé, the lemon detox diet consists of drinking a concoction of hot water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Queen Bey credits the cleanse with helping her to lose 20 pounds in 14 days. Sounds wonderful right? Maybe the side effects might put you off. The diet messes with your digestive system so much that it is recommended you take laxatives twice a day.

The Baby Food Diet- The baby food diet became popular in the celebrity world when celebrity personal trainer Tracy Anderson endorsed it. A-List celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga have all been rumoured to have tried it. The baby food diet consists of replacing all meals for tins of baby food. If it’s safe enough for a baby its safe enough for an adult right? Wrong again. Baby food only gives a fraction of the nutrients that an adult needs daily, plus it tastes disgusting.

Cabbage Soup Diet- This one is self explanatory, you are given a recipe for cabbage soup that contains cabbage, peppers, onions and celery and that is all you eat for seven days. Besides the fact that cooking that much cabbage will stink out your house, the cabbage soup diet lacks nutrients such as calcium iron and zinc. Despite this, Actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jaime Pressly swear by it.

The Sleeping Beauty diet- This diet is older than the rest and much more laughable. The sleeping beauty diet, made popular by Elvis Presley requires that you sedate yourself for as long as possible. The idea is that you can’t eat whilst you are asleep. However, one would believe that upon waking you would be so famished that you would undo all of your hard work.

Health fads are usually named so because they don’t usually work. We suggest sticking to a healthy, balanced diet and leaving the baby food for the babies.

By Claudia Gocoul


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