We’re all aware of the intense pressure in Hollywood to remain fit, for both male and female stars. Celebrities often face tons of media scrutiny online if they seemed to have put on a bit. Even female celebs who’ve just given birth are expected to get their post-baby figure back as soon as possible. Otherwise, failing to lose the extra gains can be an impediment to their career - and their public image.
That’s why it’s no surprise that many celebrities have gone to serious lengths to maintain their physiques. We’ve rounded up the top 20 most rigorous and peculair diets the stars have stuck to in order to stay in shape. From meal plans that require you to eat all raw foods to those that recommend literal baby food, it’s surprising how many weird health hacks and plans are out there that promise fast, easy results.
However, not all of these diets are safe or healthy. Some of these strict regimens, especially when combined with intense workouts, have compromised these celebrities’ health. The most important thing is that they are doing so safely, regardless if they’re famous or not. We’d rather our favourite celebrity gain a few than put their health at risk!
20 Beyonce: The Master Cleanse
In order to prepare for her starring role in Dreamgirls, Queen Bey went all out by committing to ‘The Master Cleanse,’ an all-liquid diet that has participants eating nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup, and pepper. The cleanse promises to detox the system.
The singer reportedly lost a whopping 20 pounds in 14 weeks doing the cleanse- which sounds more scary rather than impressive! Health professionals have also questioned its safety. "I have a huge problem with any cleanse that doesn't allow you to have food,” celebrity fitness expert Latreal Mitchel told E! News about the diet. “At the end of the day, all you're giving yourself is lemon and sugar. It's not going to sustain you."
19 Gwyneth Paltrow: Chews Her Food 50 Times
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for doing some weird things in the name of beauty and health. But the celeb takes it to a whole new level when it comes to her diet.
According to The Sun, the actress is a strong believer in the Macrobiotic Diet, which comes with a long list of ridiculous rules and recommendations. It is a highly disciplined diet that focuses on grains as the main, staple good. It states that participants are only allowed to eat brown rice, lentils, and organic vegetables- everything else is prohibited.
But- and this is where things get weird- it also requires dieters to chew each mouthful 50 times to ensure that they’re only eating when they’re hungry. We can’t imagine how long it takes to eat a small meal!
18 Khloe Kardashian: Low Carbs, Low Calories
After separating from her husband Lamar Odom in 2014, Khloe Kardashian famously embarked on her ‘body revenge’ journey that saw her drop to her smallest size in years- 40 pounds in total! She attributes it to a low-carb diet that focused on protein and reducing calorie count. Khloe also famously works out for several hours a day to help with maintaining her famous physique.
While the reality star has been getting tons of love for her new, slimmed down look, the tabloids report her strict diet isn’t very healthy. While pregnant with her daughter True last year, the celeb continued her intense workouts, which Hollywood Life says scared her baby daddy, Tristan Thompson. “Tristan is concerned with Khloe over-exerting herself or putting too much stress on her body with unnecessary workouts,” a source said at the time.
Khloe reportedly jumped right back on to her original, intense workout and diet routine right after giving birth. Only a few months later, she reportedly shed all of the weight she put on during pregnancy.
17 Jennifer Lopez: Sniffs Grapefruit
Despite being almost 50, Jennifer Lopez hardly looks a day over 30. The singer has flawless skin and a beautiful physique, for which she credits to this weird celebrity secret.
According to Dr. Oz, J-Lo has an odd habit of sniffing grapefruit in order to control her appetite, The Sun reports. Some studies suggest that the smell of grapefruit oil helps to prevent food cravings. Reports say the singer-actress likes to keep a bottle of the oil in her purse at all times, and then sniffs it three times a day for 15 minutes.
Hey, if it means we get a figure like J-Lo’s, then we’ll sniff as much grapefruit oil as it takes!
16 Christina Aguilera: 7-Day Colour Diet
This diet sounds more random than effective!
Pop star Christina Aguilera has been a constant fixture of media attention for her fluctuating physique over the years. Not only can the celeb gain weight quickly, but she’s also proven she can lose it just as fast. And, it turns out she credits something called the 7-Day Colour Diet, Live Strong reports.
Essentially, this diet requires exactly what it sounds like - participants must eat food of just one colour every day. The first day you eat white foods, the second you eat red, and it’s followed by green, orange, purple and yellow. Then, on the seventh day of the meal plan, you’re permitted to eat all of the colours.
While this meal plan sounds fun, if you’re only eating junk food that corresponds to the colour, then it definitely won’t be as effective as it could be.
15 Snooki: The Cookie Diet
Well this sounds like a fun diet!
After kissing Jersey Shore goodbye, reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi became determined to get in shape following her wild partying ways. The celeb dropped an enormous amount of weight in a small period of time, and is now reportedly less than 100 pounds.
Snooki credits her weight loss success to Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet. “I eat six cookies a day, and then I have, like, chicken for dinner, or fish -- something healthy,” Snooki once explained, Live Strong reports. The diet, which has been well known since the ‘70s. features a variety of cookie flavours, like oatmeal raisin, chocolate chips, blueberry, banana, and even coconut. It also has kosher and vegetarian options.
14 Lady Gaga: Ate Baby Food
Lady Gaga is known for her eccentric antics, so we guess we shouldn’t be surprised that her secret to keeping that physique is eating nothing but baby food. This hilarious diet was actually developed by Tracy Anderson, and requires participants to replace the first two meals of the day with Gerber’s baby food. You can still eat something normal for dinner, provided that it’s healthy and low calorie.
Despite its effectiveness, this diet is not known to be healthy. Sources have even come forward expressing concern for Gaga. “Everyone is really worried about GaGa. She’s not eating healthily at all. She’s substituting meals for jars of baby food,” one insider said in 2010, Marie Claire reports.
13 Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: The Demigod Diet
Just by looking at him, it’s clear that The Rock has an intense diet and workout regime- it takes dedication to have muscles like that, after all. But the details of his aptly named Demigod Diet sound insane to the average person.
According to Live Strong, the actor has admitted in interviews to eating 6 to 7 meals a day, which works out to about 5,165 calories (or 10 pounds of food!). Even more, he works out for around 2.5 hours per day, and will get up as early as 3 a.m. to train, depending on his filming schedule.
"Generally, I eat six or seven times a day," The Rock has said about his diet, BodyBuilding.com reports. "It's about getting enough protein to aid lean muscle growth, and everything is very precisely measured depending on what targets I'm looking to hit for that day.”
12 Katy Perry: The Mushroom Diet
Katy Perry has always had a fantastic hourglass figure, but it turns out she can’t just credit that to the hours she spends dancing around on stage. Reports say the singer is committed to a strict mushroom-rich diet that helps her keep the pounds off.
Just like it sounds, the diet has participants incorporating mushrooms into each of their meals due to its health benefits and low calorie count. Women’s nutritionist Jeanette Jackson explained to The Daily Mail,“The dietary fibre in mushrooms helps promote good bowel function leaving you feeling more satisfied, so you won’t be hungry again as quickly, preventing you from snacking.”
Could you commit to eating mushrooms every day?
11 Victoria Beckham: The Alkaline Diet
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been the subject of much speculation over the years for her petite frame, with some fans wondering if she was okay weight-wise. Reports say the fashion designer is committed to the intense Alkaline Diet that allows her to stay looking so waif-ish.
The strict meal plan keeps the body’s pH level between 7.35 and 7.45 by being alkaline-friendly, thus requiring participants to eat more vegetables and fewer grains and proteins, Shape Magazinereports. The only tricky thing is that you can only discover your pH balance by taking a urine test, so you have to be extra committed to stay on this diet.
10 Hugh Jackman: The 16-8 Diet
Hugh Jackman has become famous for the striking physical transformations he’s had to undergo for movies, particularly when he reprises his role of Wolverine. The actor reportedly follows the strict 16-8 Diet in order to bulk up or slim down in a short amount of time between projects.
Live Strong explains that this diet requires participants to eat a whopping 5,000 calories a day, but only between the hours of 10am and 6pm. The other 16 hours of the day, he’s expected to fast. “I’m quite a skinny person by nature, so I’m eating ridiculous amounts of food,” Jackman once explained. “What I do is I eat everything in an eight-hour period. It’s called the 16-8 diet.”
He continued, “For 16 hours of the day I fast, so I don’t eat. So between 10 in the morning and 6 at night -- this is why I’m burping, because I ate a steak literally before I came out -- I eat 5,000.”
9 Sarah Michelle Gellar: Nothing But Cabbage Soup
Sarah Michelle Gellar reportedly had to work very hard to keep her petite figure while starring on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. For years, the celeb has been a believer in an all-cabbage soup diet in order to keep it off.
According to Shape Magazine, the star has followed the seven-day plan multiple times during her career, which prohibits most foods except cabbage soup. The cleanse is known to be bland, but very low calorie. Gellar reportedly added vegetables, fruit, milk, and yogurt to the soup in order to supplement it. The magazine adds she would also start adding lean meat and rice by the end of the week.
8 Ashton Kutcher: Steve Jobs’ Fruitarian Diet
Apple Founder Steve Jobs famously stuck to a Fruitarian Diet to stay slim. So, when actor Ashton Kutcher was set to portray him on the big screen, he decided to stick to the diet himself for a more authentic portrayal. But, this intense diet actually landed him in the hospital!
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues," Kutcher later told USA Today about the diet, recommending against it. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really scary, considering everything."
7 Julia Roberts: The Expensive Salmon Diet
Actress Julia Roberts follows a very expensive diet to maintain her slim figure. According to The Sun, the celeb is a follower of Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s 3-day salmon diet, which requires dieters to eat fish in every meal. Julia also sticks to a consistent workout schedule, which includes Pilates and water workouts.
Salmon is known for being rich in the anti-aging omega 3, and is credited with helping skin appear more youthful and lively. And Julia definitely has beautiful skin! Then again, we don’t want to think about how expensive or timely it is to have salmon with every meal.
6 Megan Fox: Apple Cider Vinegar
Megan Fox, who was once referred to as ‘Angelina Jolie 2.0,’ has been revered for her killer physique, which still looks as toned as ever even after welcoming three children. But the celeb has a controversial secret that helps her shed weigh t- going on an apple cider vinegar cleanse.
Essentially, this infamous cleanse has participants mix raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with water and a sweetener, like maple syrup or honey. You drink this and only this for a short period of time in order to clean out your system and drop water weight fast.
“I’m not one for dieting or exercising because I’m lazy and I have a really big sweet tooth, so I have to do cleanses every once in a while because of the amount of sugar I take in,” Megan once said, Live Strong reports.
5 Elizabeth Hurley: The Watercress Soup Diet
Elizabeth Hurley is one of the most beautiful women in the business. And evidently one of her secrets to keeping slender is to undergo a soup cleanse every now and then.
The Sun explains that the actress is a supporter of the Watercress Soup Diet, and even recommends it to her friends. Like it sounds, the cleanse requires participants to switch out solid food for a low-calorie soup instead. “It’s fat-less, low-calorie, full of vitamins and iron, and delicious enough to serve at a dinner party,” Liz once said of her secret.
Though this diet sounds like it’s effective, we imagine that it would definitely be boring after a while.
4 Michelle Pfeiffer: She Was A Breatharian
Iconic actress Michele Pfeiffer has evidently gone to some extreme and scary lengths to try and keep the ideal physique. The celeb has admitted to once being a member of a cult that called themselves Breatharians, who believe you can forgo food and instead merely gulp air. They think that, through meditation, humans can obtain all their need nutritionally from air and sunlight alone.
Pfeiffer was briefly a member of the dangerous cult when she was a newbie to Hollywood, but now speaks out against their practices. “They were very controlling,” she once explained, The Sun reports. “I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining. They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian.”
3 Amanda Seyfried: The Raw Food Diet
Known for her youthful beauty, Amanda Seyfried is another actress who reportedly keeps to a strict diet at all times to maintain her figure. The star is evidently a fan of The Raw Food Diet for its easiness and effective results.
According to this diet, no food can be cooked above 115 degree Fahrenheit, and requires that all meals must be health-conscious, The Sun reports. Followers of this meal plan like it because it’s so easy and time-friendly- it doesn’t require you to ever count calories, fat grams, or carb grams, so long as the food adheres to the core rules of the diet plan.
2 Jessica Simpson: Working With Weight Watchers
Jessica Simpson has famously struggled with her image in the limelight for years. Even before welcoming two children, the tabloids criticized the star for seemingly putting on a few pounds. So, after her first pregnancy, the celeb began working with Weight Watchers.
While that sounds like a healthy step, reports say the celeb has gone to extreme lengths to get tinier and hold up her obligations as a spokesperson. But it may be harming her in the process. “She's been the smallest she's been in years, and she still doesn't think it's good enough,” a source said about Jessica in 2014, Daily Mail reports, adding the celeb severely limits what she eats and works-out intensely.
1 Matthew McConaughey: Restrict Your Calories
Matthew McConaughey underwent a dramatic weight loss for his role in The Dallas Buyers’ Club. In order to attain his goal in the short amount of time before filming, the actor is reported to have severely restricted his calories. In total, he managed to drop 30 pounds for the role.
Live Strong explains that McConaughey fought back cravings by drinking a lot of tea and only eating five-ounces of high protein, low carb food each day. He also followed an intense cardio schedule. “I’m playing a guy who was sick and would have loved to have been healthier, but wasn’t,” McConaughey explained of the role.