Alicia Silverstone, potentially Hollywood’s most devout vegan, has a new book out about her nutritional vision called The Kind Diet. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a full-on kale-munching vegan to adopt Silverstone’s doctrine. The plant-based regime accommodates dieters of three levels, where at the lowest, you “flirt” with the idea of veganism by making a few key changes in your diet, and at the highest, the “superheroes” go all macrobiotic. (Corny!)
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I used to hate women on diets. They look at your frosted brownie, then at your waist, then at your cookie again. Women on diets whine, “I can’t eat that…” They poke and prod their bellies and upper arms like displeased factory inspectors. They complain about how “fat” they look seemingly because they want someone to compliment them. Let’s face it: women on “diets” are annoying.
Me? I thought I’d just count calories because I’m trying to lose weight. Keep reading »
Goddamn do I love Taco Bell’s 7 Layer Burrito. Cheese and beans and beef and sour cream and hot sauce and oh-so-much-more wrapped in a nutritionless flour tortilla … mmm mmmmmm! It has been, oh, three years since I had one of these hot pockets of deliciousness because Taco Bell, my friends, is straight-up NASTY for your insides. I know, because a guy I had a crush on in college worked at one and he told me that the beef comes in liquid form and since then I only ate TB on “special” occasions, i.e., occasions in which I did not mind having The D for a few hours afterward. But why am I telling you all this? Because the lady above, Christine, says you can actually lose weight by regularly including items on TB’s Fresco menu in your diet. Girl, don’t play that. Keep reading »
If you think colon cleanses, air diets, and cookie diets are bizarro fads, you haven’t heard anything yet. There’s a new dieting trend based on … well … Jesus. That’s right. If you want to be thin, you should pray your way there on a faith diet. While there have been faith diets around since the ’80s, there seems to be a sudden increase in converts. The idea is to take the principles of Christianity and apply them to eating. Keep reading »
This is more proof that you buy the dress to fit the bride—you don’t try to fit the bride to the dress. Samantha Clowe, a 34-year-old woman in England, was always overweight, and was determined not to be a “fat bride” at her wedding. So she tried a diet program called LighterLife, which had her eating specially prepared soups, snacks, and shakes everyday for a total of only 530 calories a day for 11 weeks. She did lose a lot of weight. But then her fiancé found her collapsed at the top of the stairs in their house. He called an ambulance, but she was pronounced dead soon after from heart failure. So, so sad. And a cautionary tale. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Talk about a lip balm that promises to change your life. If you’re craving gooey, cheesy, and fried things, it’s time to reapply Burner Balm, a lip balm that promises to boost your energy and suppress your appetite. The $6.99 balm contains soy oils, caffeine, green tea extracts, and hoodia—which some think is a speedilicious appetite killer, but without a whole lot of proof. The company’s website encourages you to reapply under lipstick up to six times a day, but warns that the caffeine might keep you up at night. Meanwhile, people actually concerned with your health are afraid that the company is exploiting women’s fears about gaining weight. [Metro] Keep reading »
Newsflash! The New York Times interviewed the next hottest male model—a half-Arab dude from Kentucky named A. J. Abualrub, who was “discovered” by Ford Models last year—about his eating habits. He just landed himself an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein and is walking in all the top designer shows in Milan at the moment. That’s him, above, looking a wee bit hungry. You’d think he’s just blab about the usual, how he’s “naturally skinny,” how he was a total “beanpole” growing up, how he can “eat anything he wants,” but nope, he went with the real, live truth! Abualrub admitted that his normal weight is somewhere around 200 pounds and to drop the runway “necessary” 30 pounds, he’s been only eating “like, maybe twice a day” and it’s been a “challenge to take off the weight.” Refreshing! A model that actually cops to the fact that being that skinny isn’t always about genetics. [NY Times] Keep reading »
When I heard a few months ago that pop star Jessica Simpson was considering a reality TV show about “real beauty,” I was thrilled. Finally! A celeb who sought to use the negative press attention towards her and spin it a positive way! In the wake of the offensive tabloid lynch mob over Simpson’s “mom jeans” weight gain, taking the high road seemed like a classy thing to do.
The details of said show are finally out: in a docu-series called “The Price of Beauty” for VH1, Simpson will travel around the world speaking to women about the lengths they go to to achieve physical perfection, including their diets, clothes and beauty regimens.
It does sounds like a cool premise for a TV program. But when I read Jessica’s statement regarding her show, I came to my senses about just who the feel-good, body-positive “messenger” is. Keep reading »
I have no idea how much my own weight has fluctuated in the past couple of years, but I can tell you all about Kirstie Alley’s rides on the bathroom scale. And Melissa Joan Hart’s. And Britney’s and Kelly Clarkson’s and…well, you get the idea. A girl can’t grocery shop without 42-point font headlines screaming about another celeb’s double digit weight loss.
The problem isn’t just opportunistic tabloid editors making a quick buck. As Times‘ Sunday Styles section pointed out, the “Ass Size Ad Nauseum” problem is not so simple. No, some celebs are more than happy to tell us all about their jiggly parts. Keep reading »