Try these celebrity diet tricks that work

PHOTO: Try these celebrity diet tricks that work

This month we showcase celebrity diets that have actually worked and are safe to mimic.

CNN revealed some wacky diet trick Hollywood stars use to stay lean. The US news giant also spilled the beans on how some celeb mummies snap back into shape almost immediately after giving birth.

Here are some tips to try out:

1. Eat breakfast

This is an essential tip, recommended by many nutritionists and personal trainers.

Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, whose clients include Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, and Penelope Cruz, recommends having something to eat within 30 minutes of waking up.

He suggests oatmeal with some sliced fruit and several scrambled egg whites.

The oatmeal and fruit pack are rich in fiber while the egg whites are rich in protein.

2. Cut out white carbs

Celebrity trainer Teddy Bass suggesting avoiding white carbohydrates including bread, pasta, cookies and rice.

These foods are high in sugar and if these are eaten, the body burns off the sugar instead of stored fat.

Bass, who has worked with Cameron Diaz, suggests getting carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables instead.

Note: While avoiding white processed carbohydrates, some tend to overload on whole-wheat products which are packed with calories.

3. Choose your vegetables

Nutritionists and trainers advise their clients to avoid gas-producing vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli. Instead, have your fill of watery vegetables like lettuce, celery and cucumbers.

Also load up vegetables like asparagus and green beans as they are very high in fiber but less likely to make you bloat.

Fruits like watermelon, oranges and grapes are also recommended.

4. Cut out diet drinks

Jennifer Crum, M.S., R.D., a nutritionist at New York University Langone Medical Center told that avoiding drinks with artificial sweetener and carbonation will help with bloating.

Have dandelion, peppermint or chamomile tea as substitutes.

Spices and snacks

5. Have spicy food

Supermodel trainer David Kirsch helps clients like Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler stay in great shape by pushing them to add red pepper flakes, chopped jalapenos, and hot pepper sauce to their meals.

This should be no problem in Asia but before you overload on spicy food realise that more spicy food may not necessarily be better.

The spiciness in food makes them interesting, which turns down hunger. Pepper also helps increase metabolism which helps you burn more calories.

Therefore eating spicy food helps you eat less while burning more calories.

But do not overdo it. You could also try food with other spices like paprika or garlic. As long as the food keeps you satisfied so you are less likely to overeat.

6. Snack reported that Hollywood actresses like Jennifer Garner and Elizabeth Berkley carry with them 150-calorie snacks with them everywhere they go.

Some favourite snack include apple slices, low-fat string cheese and grapes.

Their trainer, Valerie Waters, told the website that it is essential to eat something ever three to four hours as blood sugar can drop quickly. Snacking helps you refrain from gorging down a meal.

7. Eat organic

Want to diet like a Hollywood star? Make sure you eat only organic food as all the stars do.

Hormones in dairy, meat and poultry reportedly raise estrogen levels which causes you to hold on to body fat.

Celebrity trainer David Kirsch says that the pesticides on non-organic fruits and vegetables also inhibit hormonal activity in the body which leads to weight gain.

Kirsch has worked with celebrities like Heidi Klum and Liv Tyler.

While you can follow this tip remember that there's no research to show that organic foods actually help with weight loss.


8. Count backwards

The 3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone plan from Hollywood trainer Ramona Braganza helped both Jessica Alba and Halle Berry get back in pre-pregnancy shape. They ate three meals, had two snacks, and drank a minimum of 1 liter of water a day.

Jessica Alba reportedly had vitamin-enriched flavoured water which experts say could actually result in excess vitamin intake if you are already taking a multivitamin. Instead, try a zero-calorie flavoured water as a substitute if needed.