While celebrities love to credit their svelte figures to “yoga” or “hiking with their dog” it’s no secret that the stars often result to extreme dieting to achieve their uber skinny physiques. When it comes to fad diets, celebrities seem to jump on board with nearly anything. Let’s look at some of the most absurd and extreme celebrity weight loss programs that have popped up over the years.
Madonna’s Air Diet
In 2010, singer Madonna told French fashion magazine Grazia that she participated in the “Air Diet,” in which she only consumed, you guessed it, air. The diet plan involves gulping air in order to feel full, as well as consuming water soup, which is basically hot salt water. Followers of this diet believe that they do not need to consume food, because they can subsist on air and sunlight alone.
Lady Gaga’s Drunkorexia/Alcorexia
So-called drunkorexia has been gaining a disturbing popularity, especially among college-aged girls. This form of dieting involves depriving oneself of food, and consuming all of your calories from alcohol. Singer Lady Gaga said in an interview that she follows the “Drunk Diet,” consuming her calories from alcohol, and then burning them off with vigorous workouts.
Beyonce’s Maple Syrup Diet
Beyonce claims the Maple Syrup diet or “Master Cleanse” is her secret to losing weight fast. The diet consists of drinking nothing but a mixture of maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper for two weeks. This concoction creates an extreme laxative effect, helping users lose pounds and water weight, and is one of the most dangerous diets for the body.
Victoria Beckham’s 5 Hands Diet
Posh Spice’s secret to her rail-thin physique is called the “5 Hands Diet,” which entails eating only five handfuls of protein rich foods a day. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the diet, as the foods allowed can range from green vegetables to a palm-sized filet of fish, such incredibly strict dieting may lead to malnutrition.
Renee Zelweger’s Ice Cube Diet
While her weight does seem to fluctuate, actress Renee Zelweger claims the one diet she can stick to is called the “Ice Cube Diet.” These ice cubes are made with a South African supplement called Hoodia, and are used to replace meals during the day. Hoodia is a safe, natural supplement, but frozen water is not a substitute for actual nutrition.