Living the life of a celebrity is already tough enough, but with the high aesthetic standards of today, it’s even harder. You have to be on top of your game if you want to look good, especially when you hardly have any time to spare. Heck, we can’t even find the time to work out, let alone resist that heavenly slice of moist chocolate cake in the fridge! They say that when it comes to eating healthy, about 20% is about working out and 80% is what you eat and drink. Naturally, celebs (and us) look at the way we can change our food regimen, to shed those extra kilos gained over the Christmas holidays, so we don’t necessarily have to work our asses off in the gym. However, it can be quite overwhelming to find a meal plan that works for you in that jungle of plans. Which one do you pick? Of course every food plan depends on your average daily activity and your body shape as well, making it even more complicated. The most obvious choice is to look at who’s done a certain plan and actually looks good. You look at the meal plans of the gorgeous and glam, like Beyonce and Heidi Klum.
However, you’ve probably also heard of certain celebrities undertaking the strangest meal plans in an attempt to get rid of those extra kilos. Do you want to go through all of that just to get rid of your little love handles? No worries, we’ve narrowed down the ones that are most popular and successful, and which one you do best to avoid ‘cause they’re just plain strange.
24 GOOD: Beyoncé
Although Queen Bey has followed some extreme food regimens, like the Master Cleanse, where she ate no solid foods and drunk around 6-12 glasses of water (which we would not recommend), the new Vegan plan she’s embarked on is interesting and healthy. Together with her loving husband Jay-Z, they radically changed their meal plan to a 22-day Vegan one. They use an online plant-based meal-planner that helps them keep track of their nutritions and calories. Eating plant-based meals helps you obtain more anti-oxidants and is healthy for your heart and body, according to Tracy Lookwood, a nutrition expert. Way to go, Beyonce!
23 NOPE: Khloé Kardashian
This superstar has had some problems trying to adhere to a specific meal plan. Especially having her first baby, she has been working hard to get into shape. Although she is now good on her way following a specific plan where she gets to eat 7 meals a day, she still sticks to her unhealthy habit of FirTea Detox tea. Detoxing is done by the kidney and liver and there’s no tea that can do that for you. Besides that, Khloé has had moments where she completely cut out dairy, soy and gluten which can lead to potentially missing out on vital nutritions.
22 GOOD: Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum is the perfect example of how important nutritious and healthy food is to your body. She often starts her day with a fruit packed breakfast smoothie for her and her kids. Although she has her weekly meals plan scheduled out for her, she doesn’t always hold back. According to her, it is okay to have a cheat day! If you have one, make sure it’s worth it. Go for that rich truffle pizza or the big Mac, make sure you enjoy it, but don’t make it an everyday treat. Trying to fit exercise into her jam-packed schedule is hard and that’s why she tries to grab every opportunity that comes round. Ride your bike to the beach or jump along with your kids on the trampoline!
21 NOPE: Lady Gaga
It’s called ‘The Baby Food regimen’ and as you can probably already guess, it involves eating only baby food purees! Not only Lady Gaga has followed this unusual food regimen; Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon confess as well that they only eat baby food for a while when they would like to shed some kilos. This means that they consume about 14 serves of baby food a day, which leads up to roughly a 1.000 calories. That’s hardly anything! Is this truly the best way to lose weight? We doubt it. Maybe they should just leave the baby food for it was actually meant for: the kids.
20 GOOD: Kim Kardashian
Having a killer body like Kim Kardashian, you know you have to work for it in order to maintain it. Her feminine curvy body has almost become something as a signature for her and she has obtained by following a rigorous food regimen and strict exercise routine. Her go-to plan is Atkins, where carbs are almost completely left out and replaced by protein and healthy fats. However, she says that she has re-introduced carbs to her life, ‘cause they’re not all bad. She gets up at 5:30 in the morning and works out for 1,5 hours, mostly heavy weights. This is a meal-and-exercise -plan to envy.
19 NOPE: Gwyneth Paltrow
Although she’s known to follow a very strict regime of detoxing three times a year for three weeks, she now admits that her body is getting old and that she needs to give herself and her body some leeway. She still likes to work out a lot and often either skips breakfast (and instead works out) or has a light smoothie. Her lunch is about low-carbs and salads, which still doesn’t really fill you up. She then adds another hour of exercise, not cardio, but heavy weights. Her dinners are better where she sort-of eats anything she wants (but still avoids heavy carbs, sugars and processed food). That is still quite a tough meal-plan, isn’t it?
18 GOOD: Julianne Hough
This dancer is all about living and eating healthy, but she doesn’t follow the regular masses in her meal-plans. She acknowledges that carbs are not the enemy and that you have to find a meal-plan that just works for you. Her abs of steel didn’t come overnight, though, and besides eating healthy, she works out a lot too, often with her husband. The good thing is that Sundays are her cheat days and she absolutely loves pizza! If you’d like to follow a new meal-plan without loosing your weekly pizza-day, this is definitely worth a try!
17 NOPE: Fergie
Besides her 6-egg omelet, the original singer from the hip-hop band Black Eyed Peas Fergie likes to have a shot of raw apple-cider vinegar. Twice a day, one before breakfast and one before diner. It is supposed to help you lose weight and although there is some evidence that it helps with digestion and clear up acne, it’s not quite certain whether it helps with weight loss. The idea is that the acidity of the vinegar you take before your meal makes you feel more full and thus helps you to eat less. We’re quite happy to have it with our salad, but not as a shot, thank you very much.
16 GOOD: Angelina Jolie
We all have wondered what it takes to look as radiant as Angelina Jolie and her answer is the Ancient Grains plan. Ancient grains are not as mystical as it sounds; most of them you can find in your local supermarket. Quinoa, farrow, teff, chia seeds, millet, spelt and buckwheat are under this specific branch of ancient grains and according to this superstar, provide her with nutritions she can’t get anywhere else. Besides that, they also make her skin look great. Instead of pasta or rice, you can add a couple of those grains to your salad to make it rich in potassium, iron and phosphorous (essential for the growth and repair of body cells). Adding ancient grains to your dish is an easy, healthy change!
15 NOPE: Lily Aldridge
Being a Victoria’s Angels model is hard and therefore, a tough food plan is necessary. Besides working out 6 times a week, sometimes twice day doing mostly Ballet Beautiful , she relies on Sakara Life, a plant-based food delivery service that costs about 99$ a day. She avoids alcohol and drinks coconut water and Chlorophyll H2O Juice instead. She hardly ever has a cheat day and mostly snacks on avocados and rice cakes. Talking about being a picky eater! She does like to have the roast chicken dish that’s from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, but this would be a tough lifestyle.
14 GOOD: Megan Fox
The actress and model of 32 has to keep up with the high standards and though her natural lean physique probably helps, she still has to follow a rigorous meal plan to stay in killer shape. She follows the Five Factor plan, just like Amanda Seyfried, where she eats 5 small meals a day and has a cheat day ones every week. She says that carbs doesn’t make her body feel great, so she avoids those too. Fruits and veggies are the stars of her regimen and she never skips breakfast. Besides that, she works out three times a week, doing a combo of cardio and heavy lifting.
13 NOPE: Renée Zellweger
We all adore Bridget Jones and applaud her for her quirkiness and independence, but we know that the now 49-year old Renée Zellweger, struggled with yo-yo’ing her weight. True, sometimes it was necessary for her roles -gaining 20 kilo for the first Bridget Jones movie and then 3 weeks later, loosing 13 kilo. How did she achieve loosing weight every time? She’s tried many different regimens, ranging from the Cabbage Soup plan to the Atkins meal-plan, a plan rich in fats and protein and low on carbohydrates, but one thing that she does in order to lose weight is to suck on ice cubes to trick her body into thinking she’s full. That can’t be healthy?
12 GOOD: Jennifer Garner
We still remember her role in that romantic comedy ’13 going on 30’. She mostly lives by a meal plan called the Fab Four, where every meal you have needs to include four nutritions: protein, fiber, fats and greens. This is a relatively lenient meal plan, where you can match and mix with your meals according to what you feel like in the moment. Making sure you get your daily fill on fruits and veggies, Garner is very lucky in that perspective. She and her three kids live on a farm and harvest their own meals from their garden. They even have beehives for honey!
11 NOPE: Mariah Carey
Living a life as busy as Mariah Carey can make you temporarily lose track of those extra kilos that can sneak in. In 2011, she had twins and went through a strict regimen where she lost 40 pounds (18 kilo’s) of just ‘water weight’, which is what it sounds like, holding excess water in your body. After that, she lost another 30 pounds (13 kilo’s)! But she hadn’t finished yet. In 2016, she reported that she had started a very extreme food plan where she only ate salmon and capers. Literally, only that. She didn’t like the regimen either, but apparently it worked. However, we do not envy you, Mariah!
10 GOOD: Amanda Seyfried
You would think that with all that singing and dancing in ‘Mamma Mia!’, Amanda doesn’t really need to worry about a strict food regimen. However, in order to get fit for In Time, she has been following a meal-plan called the 5 -Factor. The 5 stands for the 5 meals you eat in a day with 5 nutritional components; lean protein, complex carbohydrate, fiber, ‘good’ fats and a sugar free drink. Eating foods that are low in GI (Glymedic Index, which rates food according to their effect on your blood sugar levels), avoids food cravings. Besides all that, Amanda makes sure to work out often, like jump rope.
9 NOPE: Sarah Michelle Gellar
The Cabbage Soup meal plan has had some controversial remarks throughout the year, but the 41-year old actress Sarah Michelle Gellar swears by it. The rules are simple: cabbage is very low in calories, about 33 per average serve and low in fat. Therefore, replacing cabbage soup instead of your regular dinner and lunch, you dramatically reduce the amount of calorie intake per day. And yes, it is mostly cabbage soup 2-3 times a day. Things you are allowed to add or eat with the soup are potatoes, tomatoes, red meats, brown rice, salad leaves, root like veggies and fruits for snacking. You must absolutely love cabbage soup to get yourself through this regimen!
8 GOOD: Kirsten Dunst
We all know Kirsten Dunst to have a natural petit build, but the reason why this 36-year old still looks amazing is because of the Alkaline Acid plan. Currently one of the most popular ones around in Hollywood, this food regimen is all about making sure your body has the right pH balance. Eating less acidic food like processed foods, fish, and meats and substituting it with alkaline foods like fruit, vegetables, green tea and soy helps her to maintain a splendid figure. It basically ensures that you avoid excess sugar and fats and eat more veggies instead, which we all know is the magic way to have healthy eating habits and weight.
7 NOPE: Victoria Beckham
The previous Spice Girl has always been a light-weight, but even after having kids, she still looks the part. She is however very careful with what she eats and spends a lot of time exercising and preparing food and she expects a lot of her body. She starts her early morning by running 5 km and then has a two spoonfuls of delicious apple vinegar. For herself and the kids, she makes a ‘green monster’ smoothie with spinach, apple, kiwi, lemon, broccoli and Chia Seeds. She also has a spoonful of pollen, that is supposed to help her avoid wrinkles. Pollen, though?
6 GOOD: Jessica Biel
‘The Sinner’ star Jessica Biel has a tough food regimen, but with the right ingredients at home, easy to follow. The Paleo plan is 2013's most googled food fad and basically involves eating to what our ancestors ate. That means a lot of veggies, fruits and nuts. Besides that, she’s cut out gluten and wheat and dairy, and eats gluten-free pretzels instead with a dairy free almond dip. If she’s at home, she tries to prepare meals from her back garden, like salads with nuts and quinoa. It is all very healthy, but she does sometimes allow herself to indulge in cookies or pizza’s, but then the vegan versions.
5 NOPE: Christina Aguilera
Our platinum-blond singer has had some issues with loosing weight, though she's stunning at any size. However, she managed to lose weight by following the 7-Day Colour meal plan, where you only eat one type of coloured food for the whole week. If you have purple, your meals might consist of blueberries and eggplant and if the next week was orange, you’ll munch on pumpkins and sweet potatoes. This plan is also called the rainbow regimen, doesn’t that sounds epic? The issue is though that you sometimes miss out a whole week on important protein or fruits, ‘cause it’s just not your colour. Life could be less complicated.
4 GOOD: Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes is the perfect example of eating healthy. She often starts her day with a green smoothie and during the day, munches on raw, organic vegetables and raw almonds. She often avoids fruit, since they’re high in sugars and instead eats yams and carrot soup. Besides that, she has recently picked up boxing “to relief the stress of the day, like traffic.” We are certain that that helps too in shedding the extra kilos. Maybe it is all that healthy veggies that give her that sparkling skin and seemingly eternal youth!
3 NOPE: Madonna
Reaching the age of 60, ‘The Queen of Pop’ is still on top of her game with hardly any signs of ageing. This is not only due to good genes; she follows an extremely strict and rigorous macrobiotic plan that is mostly vegan. She works out at least 6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes, whether she’s on the road, behind stage or at home. Her regimen consists of 6 meals a day, 3 larger ones and 3 lighter ones, where she eats every two to four hours. The macrobiotic food plan is based on a holistic Japanese principles where she avoids refined sugars and processed foods.
2 GOOD: Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba looks great and still enjoys her carbs and her secret addiction: popcorn. Lots of salted popcorn! At 2015, she looked for a change in her regimen after she felt exhausted and sought the help of nutrition coach Kelly LeVeque, where without her, she wouldn’t have been able to get rid of her popcorn and coffee addiction. She has a smoothie in the morning, sticks to one type of carb per meal with lots of veggies, but on the holiday’s she still goes all out. Although her personal popcorn machine is probably still in her home, she’s good on her way to make sure she gets all the nutritious she needs!
1 NOPE: Shailene Woodley
After her big success in the movie ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, Shailene has been on everyone’s radar. Although her acting and person might be popular, her meal plan is far from it. She’s been quite open about her unique eating styles, where she says that the tries to eat as organic as possible. One of the most unusual things in her meal-plan is her addition of clay into her meal plan. You heard us right: clay! She says it is supposed to help your body to get rid of heavy metals, because clay has a certain negative electrical charge. We think we’ll just stay with our chocolates after diner!