Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Naomi Cambell and why she's angry all the time (New Series)

The pressure to stay thin and beautiful in Hollywood is a multi-million dollar industry on its own. Celebs are paid gazillions to hawk the latest diet pills (ahem...Kim Kardashian), and be spokespeople for various weight loss programs (like the ever successful Kirstie Alley). It is tough to decipher what is actually healthy versus what can do more harm than good.

Celebs are in the business to look perfect, and have the salaries to do so. Let's face it, anyone can remain slim when they can afford to pay dietitians, personal trainers, and chefs for around the clock service.  That being said, there are some pretty crazy plans and diets out there - that all have a beautiful, celebrity face to be the "proof" that you too can look like that.

I am going to tackle and perhaps debunk the myriad of celebrity, or probably more aptly named "fad" diets that are out there.
The first casualty is super-model Naomi Campbell. Notorious for her anger issues and Russel Crowe inspired phone throwing abilities, I suspect that the reason behind her temper tantrums can be attributed to more than just an inflated ego.

Recently on Oprah, Naomi claimed her trim figure was due to regular exercise and completing what is known as "The Master Cleanse" (also called the Lemonade Diet).  Or in my books... the "You have to be crazy Diet" (clever right? I can hear your laughter and feel the pain of your sides splitting).
 First off, this "current" trend diet was actually published way back in 1976.   For a society that knows orange, green, and mustard yellow paisley, crushed velvet couches are bad for our health - how can we still be adhering to this diet?

Its claims are that you can lose up to 2 lbs a DAY if you follow it.

Here's how it works:
You simply consume a liquid diet of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and spring water. It is essentially fasting. No wonder people do see major weight loss when on this program.


Your body goes into starvation mode. This is when you start to break down your muscle tissue to use up the energy. Muscle doesn't weigh more than fat (pound for pound, muscle and fat weigh the same. Muscle cells take up less space than fat cells).  Your metabolism breaks down completely, so that the next time you eat solid foods, your body puts it on as fat...BECAUSE you no longer have a metabolism to burn up the calories consumed. Also, since your body is in starvation mode, it packs on all food as fat, thinking it won't see another more energy (food) for an extensive period of time.

This diet is in actual fact counter-intuitive if you plan to sustain any long term weight loss goals. It can be dangerous, you end up being a skinny fat person. You can actually weigh more once you go back to normal eating than before the cleanse.

Not only that, but we all know that food is the fuel for everything in our body - including our moods. There is a reason why when you start getting hungry, your crankiness can spike through the roof (ahem...that never happens to me). Consider going weeks on end feeling cranky, fatigued and down right gross. But least you will lose weight...and then gain it all back + more.

This diet gets a 0/5 from me. I'm not a doctor, dietitian or nutritionist - however, I do know a thing or two about food. There is no way I would ever consider a diet in which food was eliminated completely.

1 comment:

  1. I should mention that there is a "book" so you can follow the master cleanse "properly". But for the most part - I would just stay away altogether.