Nowadays, it’s hard to find much body fat in Hollywood. Today’s stars are slim and toned, whittled to within an inch of their lives.
When pressed about their slimming secrets, celebrities often rave about their “good genes,” their affection for junk food, or just declare that their secret to staying thin is running around after their children. But here’s what you should know: A lot of them are lying.
Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, who has trained Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz, says: “I had one actress training with me four times a week in addition to daily exercise-bike classes.”
When asked how she’d “transformed” her body, her reply was, ” ‘Oh, I do yoga and hike with my dog,’ ” he said. “It makes me laugh,” said Peterson. So the next time you see a pin-thin celebrity brag about her relaxed approach to eating, remember this:
THEY TAKE DRUGS
When Lindsay Lohan was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said they found cocaine in her pocket. Paris Hilton recently admitted to talk host Larry King that she takes Adderall for attention-deficit disorder. Both drugs are often used by women looking to lose weight. Hollywood’s party girls always seem to have access to certain drugs known to help shed pounds.
At the moment, Adderall is the latest diet-drug craze in Hollywood. The number of celebrities addicted to it continues to rise. Female celebrities recently arrested – from Paris to Nicole Richie, from Lindsay to Britney Spears – all reportedly have used prescription Adderall. It keeps you awake while killing the appetite.
For the jet-setting, hard-partying girl, it has become the miracle pill – but one with potentially dangerous consequences. Even when taken as instructed, Adderall can cause psychotic episodes, depression and serious heart problems.
Eating-disorder expert Carolyn Costin, who has treated many Hollywood actresses, says she has even seen a rise in “the drugs used for attention deficit being crumpled up and snorted.”
Some celebrities also take Clenbuterol, known as Clen. Commonly prescribed to treat respiratory problems in horses, in humans it can cause fat loss.
While Clenbuterol and Adderall create a slimming effect in the short term, after a while users may have sudden and uncontrollable weight gain.
After disrupting a person’s natural metabolism, the drugs sometimes stop working.
Manhattan-based trainer Justin Gelband, who works with catwalk and catalogue models, says: “Diet pills and steroids are huge right now. After Kate Moss was caught supposedly doing coke, the modeling agencies started to crack down on girls using hard-core drugs like cocaine and heroin to stay slim.
“So now it’s more diet pills and steroids. They are easier to hide and, if pressed, the girls can say that they have a prescription.”
THEY ONLY EAT BOILED EGGS
During the filming of “Cold Mountain,” there were rumors that one famous actress on set ate only boiled eggs. She would rise in the morning and eat one and then have one or two at the end of the day.
That was her entire diet. And apparently she is not alone.
Celebrity trainer David Kirsch says, “I had a client who was getting ready for the Oscars and all she ate was one meal a day – of two boiled eggs! I was able to persuade her to add some almonds and a protein shake and some vitamin supplements.
“It’s a self-defeating strategy,” says Kirsch. “You need to eat enough, particularly protein, to build lean and toned muscle in the first place.”Get Your Free Bottle of Garcinia Diet Supplement Today
Paris Hilton caused a stir when she walked into New York restaurant Nobu recently. When a waiter asked the heiress for her order, he was quietly told: “Mineral water.” In fact, over the course of her two-hour “meal,” Paris took sips of water and Red Bull – she didn’t eat a single bite.
And she’s not alone. Superslim “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross was spotted dining at a restaurant a few years back with her current husband, Tom Mahoney.
According to one eyewitness, “he ordered sea bass and prawns, but she just sipped fruit juice.” Cross recently acknowledged the pressure to be thin: “Not eating is a constant struggle. It’s like they pay me not to eat. It’s a living hell.”
Another tactic is the “master cleanse,” also called the “lemonade diet”: water mixed with maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
Beyoncé admitted following this regimen for two weeks for the film “Dreamgirls.” Jared Leto used it to shed pounds he gained to play Mark Chapman in the new film “Chapter 27.”
Gunnar Peterson calls this the “You’re an idiot” diet.
Dessert-loving stars like Britney Spears rely on everything from prescription drugs to laxative teas to atone for their dietary sins.
Dessert-loving stars like Britney Spears rely on everything from prescription drugs to laxative teas to atone for their dietary sins. (CANHAM/GETTY)
“I had a client who did it and I thought he was ill,” says Peterson.
“His skin was gray and his eyes had terrible dark circles under them. He was shuffling when he walked, and this was after only 10 days!”
Another of Hollywood’s dirty little secrets is the “IV diet,” in which celebrities check in to the hospital to get put on an IV so they can avoid eating altogether.
Peterson calls this strategy “beyond ridiculous. If you’re doing this, you’re not fat. You’re crazy!”
Suzanne Peck, director of programs at Homefield Grange Retreat, a spa in the U.K. that relies on juice fasting, says, “Fasting is designed to rest the digestion, allowing clarity of thought, cleansing of toxins and healing of the body in general. It’s not to fit into a size-zero dress.”
THEY ABUSE LAXATIVE TEAS
Britney Spears has never been shy about her love for junk food. She engages in all kinds of behavior to counter a taste for Taco Bell.
She smokes, drinks coffee and Red Bull, has diet pills in her bag and takes Adderall.
She also has been seen hitting all-night drugstores, shopping for laxatives.
And she is certainly not alone. Today, many actresses take laxatives in the form of “dieter’s tea,” which has a mild laxative effect. Some starlets drink up to 10 cups a day.
Trainer Gelband says: “The latest trend among models is mixing laxative tea with the Master Cleanse diet. All they drink is Master Cleanse and laxative tea.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl looks to have lost 10-15 pounds in the last year. She may be following a healthy eating plan, but she appears to have a secret weapon – she smokes constantly.
A few days ago, the beautiful blond was spotted having lunch in Los Angeles. She ordered a salad and spent the meal chain-smoking.
Heigl is rarely photographed without a cigarette in her mouth, and when not smoking, she has a pack at the ready.
Marc David, a nutritional psychologist and author of “The Slow Down Diet,” says: “It’s a choice, really. You are choosing possible lung cancer and death over treating your body with respect, all in an effort to be slim.”Get Your Free Bottle of Garcinia Diet Supplement Today
THEY EAT PEANUTS
Supermodel trainer Gelband says, “I had one girl who was living on Diet Coke and peanuts. She drank three to five Diet Cokes a day and ate a big bag of nuts. If she got hungry, she smoked. Her eyes had huge bags under them and she looked wasted. When we tried to work out, we had to stop every five minutes. It was awful.”
THEY GUZZLE CAFFEINE
Paparazzi shots regularly show Hollywood’s skinniest actresses, like Renee Zellweger and Mary-Kate Olsen, sporting giant sunglasses and clinging to gigantic cups of coffee.
It’s a trend in Hollywood, where many believe coffee not only speeds up metabolism but also keeps them from eating.
“One client I had would eat almost nothing all day. She just drank coffee constantly,” says trainer-to-the-stars Peterson. “She’d have some lettuce in the afternoon and drink coffee instead of having dinner. Working out was a waste of time because of the state she was in.”
Marc David says “coffee and caffeine can actually make you fat. If you’re drinking too much, the caffeine mimics the stress response in our bodies and your cortisol and insulin levels rise. These elevated levels of stress hormone signal the body to store fat.”
THEY WEAR A PATCH
Peterson says, “I had one guy using a Nicorette patch, not to quit smoking, but to stop food cravings! This is a ridiculous approach and definitely won’t work.”
Chain-smoking may be the culprint behind Katherine Heigl’s noticeable weight loss. (MILLER FOR NEWS)
THEY LIVE AT THE GYM
Who can forget those photographs of a skeletal Teri Hatcher jogging through Hollywood with weights in both hands and bones protruding through her skin? Actress Kate Hudson, in a quest to shed the 70 pounds she gained while pregnant with son Ryder, admitted to working out up to three hours daily for three months.
To prepare for her role as the sexy Daisy Duke, Jessica Simpson worked out two hours a day, six days a week.
Justin Gelband says, “You can get addicted. Unless you’re a professional athlete, you don’t need to do more than 11/2 hours a day to get a great result.”
Amber Kenain, general manager at Crunch gym in Hollywood, a celebrity favorite, told Glamour magazine: “There’s one singer-actress who works out at my gym for about five hours a day, even on weekends. She spent her birthday here.”
Peterson notes that “to be fair, a lot of the top women are doing the right things: eating healthy and exercising, but not obsessively. It’s the up and-comers who I see going to crazy extremes.”
He adds: “Forget trying to look like a celebrity – look at you. The reality is, the girl that’s 10 pounds over-weight but loves her body is winning against the girl who is underweight but hates herself.
“There’s no straight guy in the world who knows the difference between a size 14 and a size 4.”Get Your Free Bottle of Garcinia Diet Supplement Today
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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTLY REGIMEN
It’s not only the struggle to stay thin that has celebrities going to extreme lengths to look good. They have some freaky formulas for smooth skin and luscious locks as well.
Vanessa Williams confessed last week to at least attempting to use her own bodily fluid as a zit zapper.
“The weirdest thing I ever heard was to take your morning urine and to put it on your acne,” she told Radar magazine. “And I did it – I tried to do it, and I was like, ‘I’m not doing this!’ ”
And that’s not even the most repulsive regimen. Here are some other bizarre celebrity beauty secrets.
Taking care of twins is tiresome. Jennifer Lopez is reportedly reviving her beauty with fish eggs.
A spokeswoman for Elizabeth Grant’s Caviar Rejuvenating Eye Pads told Life & Style magazine that the company sent some to J.Lo after the babies were born, and that she loved them so much that she asked for more.
Foreskin Face cream
Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters are reversing the effects of aging with the help of baby boys – and their foreskin. Reports say the talk-show hosts are fans of a face cream made with the expendable epidermis, made by a company called SkinMedica. Their TNS Recovery Complex. Chump change for Oprah.
The uterine lining that’s normally discarded post delivery is in demand by Eva Longoria Parker.
In Touch magazine reports that the “Desperate Housewives” actress uses EMK Placental Face Cream. The cream claims to improve skin texture and reduce fine lines, sun damage and other signs of aging.
Hemorrhoid Cream Cure
Sandra Bullock confessed to using hemorrhoid ointment during the filming of “Miss Congeniality” to the smooth out the lines around her eyes. Using butt cream on your face doesn’t seem like the most congenial cure.