Top 10 celebrity diets for weight loss

While only a few of us are blessed with miraculous genes, most of us in the 'real' world wouldn't mind dropping a few kilos to look like our favourite Hollywood celebrities.

But how do they keep those impossibly toned bodies in such great shape? Today Bangalore-based, Registered Dietitian and Wellness Consultant, Sheela Krishnaswamy tells us about the top 10 celebrity diets for weight loss and how effective they are in practical life.

Raw food diet -
followed by Uma Thurman, Demi Moore: While some amounts of raw food is good to eat, an entire day's diet being raw might be hard to 'digest' for many. Moreover, grains cannot be taken in adequate quantities in the raw form. Nutrients from some foods will not get easily absorbed when they are eaten raw. There's also a possibility of bacterial and / or fungal contamination when foods are eaten raw. Not many can sustain raw foods diet.

One meal a day diet -
followed by Ashton Kutcher and Liz Hurley: Is it possible to pack all the required nutrients in the right quantities in One Meal a Day? Almost impossible! With reduced quantity and thereby quality of food, weight loss with this kind of diet is certainly not healthy. Long term deprivation of food can lead to undernourishment, muscle loss, decrease in bone density, lowered metabolism, among others.

The New York diet-
followed by Liv Tyler and Heidi Klum: Yet another high protein diet plan with animal foods and veggies. The New York diet is a low carb diet which is incomplete in nutrition and not a wholesome plan. It's just a quick-fix solution for weight loss. Not sustainable for a long duration and certainly not a healthy weight-loss plan. This diet also combines a rigorous workout session daily. It's quite likely that a person on this diet will feel fatigued at the end of the session due to inadequate energy.

Maple syrup diet -
followed by Beyonce Knowles: Maple Syrup diet is too drastic for anyone. It can be dangerous because it's too low in calories. A fortnight of this diet can lead to exhaustion, nutritional deficiencies, irritability, and more of water / muscle loss rather than fat loss. Also the basal metabolic rate will drop and make it more difficult to burn calories even after the person gets back to eating normally.

5 Hands diet -
followed by Victoria Beckham: The 5 hands diet followed by Victoria Beckham and probably some others is just not adequate in quantity and nutritional quality. 5 handfuls of high protein foods along with some vegetables, berries and nuts do not suffice for a person who is looking to maintain health along with weight loss. It might work temporarily for a few people who wish to go down to a small dress size, but this is certainly not the right way to lose weight.

Hypnotherapy diet -
followed by Lily Allen: If people believe that hypnotherapy alone can help an individual to shed weight, it's not true. Any kind of weight loss needs a lifestyle change. If hypnotherapy gives drive to a person to exercise more or make better choices with foods, this approach would be beneficial. But if hypnotherapy only guides you to eat less without eating healthy, it's of no use.

Detox diet -
followed by Kate Moss and Sadie Frost: Detoxification or removal of waste products from the body takes place on a daily basis. Liver is the detox organ which helps to cleanse our digestive system. A special 'detox' diet has caught many people's fancy although it has no scientific back-up. If a 'detox' diet provides adequate nutrition and energy by putting a person on healthy eating habits, there's no harm in following it. But if it promotes drastic reduction in food intake and encourages weight loss through malnutrition, stay away from it.

Cabbage soup diet -
Followed by Zoe Ball and Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar: With the drastic reduction in food intake from Cabbage Soup diet, weight loss is a given but only for a short time. Initially weight loss is more likely from water loss rather than fat loss. Malnutrition can set in with limited food intake. This diet is not sustainable and when the dieter gets back to his/her regular eating, the lost weight will come back.

Baby food -
followed by Reese Witherspoon and Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross: Since food is soft or pureed in Baby Food diet, the pleasure of chewing is absent. Chewing helps in giving a sense of fullness and without it the dieter could end up eating more than what he/she desires. On the other hand, there's also a possibility for a person on this diet to become malnourished by eating lesser number of calories and nutrients than what is required.

Atkins diet -
Followed by Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger: Atkins diet is high in protein, animal fat, cholesterol, and low in carbohydrates and fiber. This diet can increase the risks of coronary artery disease, constipation or kidney disease. A non-nutritious item like alcohol is placed on a higher 'rung' than nutritious items like legumes and grains. This beats nutritional logic!

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