Celeb diets to avoid like the plague

THE AIR DIET: Michelle Pfeiffer, in a picture taken in September, reportedly follows the Breatharian Diet, where proponents skip meals and even water, and just breathe air. But beware the health risks, such as dehydration and malnutrition.


    Dec 03, 2013

    Celeb diets to avoid like the plague

    DIETS involving gulping air rather than food, avoiding gluten like the plague, and replacing sensible meals with booze rank as some of the worst celebrity diets to avoid.

    With the approach of January, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has shared its annual top-five worst celebrity diets.

    For the past three years, the Dukan Diet had topped the chart, but this year's new entry, the Breatharian Diet, has claimed the distinction of worst faddy weight-loss plan.

    Here's a rundown of the plans that may actually put a damper on your new year:


    Skip meals and even water, and just breathe air - at least that's the premise of this fad. While not wildly dissimilar to Madonna's alleged "air diet", this diet, reportedly followed by celebs like Michelle Pfeiffer, comes with serious health risks, such as dehydration and malnutrition.


    This diet claims to reduce body fat in trouble zones by balancing hormones. Famous followers include singer Boy George, but BDA experts warn that the plan's "supplements and pseudo-science" make it worth skipping.


    While Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly eschews gluten, the BDA says that while "important for those with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, there is no credible published research showing that a gluten-free diet leads to weight loss in other people".

    Of course, trimming back on breads, pastries and cakes certainly won't hurt your waistline, but gluten-free doesn't mean calorie-free.


    Basically, this is a diet based on alcohol and little else. Followers "save up" their caloric intake from food for binge-drinking madness at parties.


    The famous protein-heavy Dukan Diet, popularised by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and model Gisele Bundchen, as well as Ms Carol Middleton (mum to Kate Middleton), is confusing, time-consuming, rigid, and hard to sustain, the BDA claims.

    Side effects are likewise unappealing, with everything from lack of energy to constipation and bad breath.