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2011 November

From the monthly archives:

November 2011

Mariah Carey shed 30 pounds and now wears a size 6 thanks to a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet and a new workout schedule. I’ve said all along that it’s just a matter of consuming less calories than you burn each day and moving a bit more. It’s that simple.

1500 calories a day may not sound like much but it’s actually plenty. I eat five or six meals a day and usually by 5pm I’m still only up to about 900-1000 calories meaning I’ve got another 500 for a fairly substantial dinner in the evening.

You just have to give yourself time, it works!

Here’s the article:Carey

Carey works with a nutritionist and follows a three-day-a-week workout plan and diet regiment from Jenny (formerly Jenny Craig). She’s also the weight-loss company’s new spokeswoman.

“I’m proud of how hard I worked to get my body back,” Carey told Us Weekly. “I had to do this for me.”

Carey, 42, lost the weight six months after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe. “I feel incredible,” said Carey, who admits to gaining an “enormous” amount of weight.

“It was a huge blessing to be able to have the babies,” Carey explained. “But I felt trapped in my body because I couldn’t move.”

Carey, who started on Jenny in July, will appear in commercials for the company. She’s not the first celebrity to do so: Actresses Carrie Fisher and Valerie Bertinelli have also been brand ambassadors.

Carey’s weight isn’t the only thing that has changed since the pregnancy. The artist’s signature singing voice has too.

“Right now I feel like pregnancy actually helped me vocally,” she told the Associated Press. “At this moment my voice is in great shape.”

And with that, Carey has plans to work on new music, which she said is partly inspired by motherhood.

Carey has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and has scored 18 No. 1 singles.


Look after your heart! Losing weight and getting into shape isn’t just about looking good and feeling good. We often overlook the very real health risks associated with being overweight, and heart disease has to be one of the most serious. Heavy D died at the young age of just 44.

It’s been reported that Heavy D was trying to get fit at the time of his death, but he had a history of yo-yo dieting, having lost 150lbs back in 2008, and in 2003 he lost 135lbs. But he weighed a massive 344lbs when he died.

To lose weight, and keep it off, you have to forget diets and extreme exercise routines, and just make small, simple, lasting changes to how you live that have a big impact over the long term. It’s too late for Heavy D, but if you’re reading this, it’s not too late for you.


No surprises here as another celebrity fad diet gets written off. Here’s the article from the Mail Online:

A diet said to be followed by the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother Carole Middleton has been branded ‘confusing, rigid and ineffective’ by a leading health group.Cate Middleton

Experts from the British Dietetic Association named the Dukan Diet the worst celebrity weight loss plan to follow and said it has ‘absolutely no solid science behind it at all’.

The Dukan – also reported to be followed by actress Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Gisele Bundchen – is a complicated four-phase diet that starts with a protein-only approach which promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week.
It topped the BDA’s annual list of the five worst celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.

It works on restricting foods, calories and portion control. However, the BDA says cutting out food groups is not advisable.

The BDA said: ‘This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from like rabbit and offal, and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath.’

The BDA receives hundreds of calls every year on the subject of diets and analysed results to form a list of the most unreliable, difficult to follow or unhealthy diet plans.


1 Dukan diet
2 Alcorexia diet (very low calories, calorie saving, alcohol binges)
3 Blood group diet
4 Raw food diet
5 Baby food diet

Based on the volume of telephone calls and other contributing factors, the Dukan Diet topped a list of ‘dodgy’ celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.


While weight loss can be quick, followers of the Dukan report difficulties. Here are the main cons.

1 Much of the diet prescribes solely protein for days on end. Followers complain this can get boring and as a result is difficult to adhere to.

2 Eating so much protein – around three to four times the normal amount – can put a strain on the kidneys. This can be more problematic for those with underlying kidney problems they may not have known about.

3 A lack of fibre can be a problem. An unbalanced diet short of fruit and vegetables and heavy in fish and meat can lead to constipation.

4 Lack of cereal-based foods can lead to deficiency of vitamin B.

5 Weight loss is difficult to maintain once the rigid programme has ended. The maintenance phase alone – six days of eating normally and one Dukan day of protein – is unlikely to keep the weight off for the average dieter, whose indulgence throughout the week will outweigh the benefits of the protein day.


Do not try this at home!

I just came across this article about Adriana Lima’s diet and exercise regime and it’s mind-bogglingly stupid. And unfortunately this sort of thing always makes the headlines and could even influence some people into trying it themselves.

So if you’re tempted into trying this sort of thing then think again. Losing weight is easy if you are sensible. You want to lose weight to be healthy as well as to look good. There’s no point doing it if you’re going to put your health in serious danger.

Here’s the article:A angel da Adriana

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which features a parade of hopelessly beautiful women wearing only underwear (and giant wings) airs November 29 on CBS. The hype is much like that for the Super Bowl — million-dollar commercials, merchandise tie-ins (even if you can’t look like an angel, you can smell like one), and celebrity appearances that you rarely see outside professional sports. The models are stunning, with long legs and seemingly perfect bodies. Perfection, it seems, comes at a price.

In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, model Adriana Lima shared her diet and exercise regime, which includes high intensity workouts twice a day, and protein shakes prescribed by a nutritionist. More worrisome is the period right before the show, when her diet turns to near-fasting. According to the article, “For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.”

We asked Dr. Juan Jose Rivera, a Miami Beach cardiologist and health correspondent on Telemundo, whether Lima’s diet strategy is healthy. Absolutely not, he replied.

“She’s trying to lose weight quickly. Carbs are the main source of energy and when you restrict them your body has to get glucose somewhere, so you start creating ketones and ketones are toxic. That places a lot of stress on the kidneys, which work overtime. You lose a lot of water and that’s why she’s drinking a gallon of water a day. Both of those things can throw her kidneys into renal failure.”

Besides renal failure, Dr. Rivera listed a host of other potential side effects from this high protein, low carb diet, some of them not befitting an angel including constipation, low blood pressure, dizziness, leg cramps, and bad breath.

In addition to dieting, Rivera was concerned about her extreme exercise routine. “The other thing that she does is that she ramps up her exercise to two sessions a day. she’s not allowing her muscles to rest and recover from the exercise that she’s doing every time you over train that could lead to injuries because your muscles are overworked”, he said.

So what does the doctor, who shares his practice with South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agatston, recommend? We’ve heard it before. Quick fixes don’t work, says Rivera.

“We see a lot of women who are at the ideal weight and want to lose more weight we call that the Cosmo effect. As a physician I do not recommend that diet. Every time you lose a lot of weight in a short period of time it will not be healthy or sustainable. You’ve got to have a healthy diet combined with exercise. I do not recommend the high protein low carb, basically starvation, diet.”

Rivera also remarked on the consequences that publishing this diet may have on readers and people who want to emulate models. “Victoria’s Secret is an entity that a lot of women look up to. This model is dieting for a particular goal, but she can’t forget the fact that she’s got a lot of people out there that that don’t have her resources. It’s another example of how far models will go to achieve success. In my opinion, these types of extreme diets could be the beginning of eating disorders. This is not sustainable. What’s going to happen when you gain weight again. Are you going to get depressed? It’s a slippery slope.”


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