Always be very wary of celebrities endorsing any kind of diet products, especially as there are no need for any of them.

Here’s a classic example:

Kelly Preston is heaping praise for her post-birth weight loss on Bff Kirstie Alley’s new diet plan. But Alley’s Organic Liaison products have the earmarks of a diet scam and a curious connection to the Church of Scientology.

The Church of Scientology, to which both Alley and Preston belong, appears to have an interest in the products.

The company’s Florida address is shared by the firm’s accountant, Saul B Lipson, a known Scientologist. His company is approved by the church and based near its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla.

Preston says she’s lost 39 pounds since giving birth to her third child, Benjamin, in November last year, overcoming concern whether her body would bounce back after getting pregnant at age 48.

“I was so excited when my best friend created Rescue Me…It’s pretty much the most genius thing ever,” she told People, crediting Kirstie’s Organic Liaison weight loss plan.

While the products Alley is pushing are too new to have undergone extensive testing, early reports have raised red flags about the effectiveness of the products.

The Organic Liaison site has no references to any scientific research that can prove this plan is beneficial to weight loss, although it claims the products are “USDA certified” organic.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not the Department of Agriculture typically oversees diet products and food supplements.

The expensive supplements do not list ingredients. The program also requires automatic monthly billing. Both are diet industry red flags.

The complete monthly plan, which includes an online component plus the supplements costs $119 a month after an initial payment of $139.

The kit contains three supplements, “Rescue Me,” a detox and appetite suppresser, “Release Me,” a “relaxant” and “Nightingale,’ asleep aid.

Cheaper plans are offered, but the cost does not include the supplements, according to the site.

Like most sketchy diet products, Alley claims her plan can curb “cravings and boosts natural energy.”

The ingredients in the organic elixir “gently cleanse your body and replenish key nutrients naturally while you lose weight” the product claims.

Likely the real success to Kelly’s weight loss was her extensive workout routine. She says she exercised up to two hours a day.

Most nutrionists say a balance diet, reasonable portions and regular exercise are the best way to lose weight.

Preston and husband John Travolta tragically lost their son Jett, 16, two years ago after he suffered a fatal seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas.

Kelly praised Scientology for helping her cope with the ordeal, so you know where her head is at.

Alley has become a wight-loss phenom after losing 100 pounds. But it’s a shame to see her use her name to promote questionable products.

And she really needs to explain the Scientology connection.

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Here’s a good article about why keeping a food diary may be a good idea. I’ve never kept one myself but I do make a mental note of the calories I’ve consumed throughout the day, which is effectively the same thing.

There’s no denying that something’s afoot with Nigella Lawson. Gone are her pneumatic curves, and in their place is a newly streamlined figure. The brunette certainly cuts a dramatically different figure to her former self, last seen sporting an unflattering burkini on an Australian beach in April.

“There are times when I want to lose weight. I suppose the difference is I don’t want to be as thin. Greed always outweighs my vanity,” she is quoted as saying earlier this year. But, for now, Nigella is keeping schtum on the secret of her disappearing act. Yet how does someone with a well-publicised love of food go about losing weight?

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We’ve seen Nigella go weak in the presence of a deep-fried Mars bar so what new diet lets the gourmands of this world have their cake and eat it?

The new weight-loss weapon being touted by the experts is a deceptively simple one. It’s thought that the mere act of putting pen to paper and keeping a food journal helps curb calorie intake.

A study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, followed almost 1,700 overweight people. For six months, they kept food diaries and were encouraged to eat a healthy diet and be physically active. After six months, participants had shed almost 13 pounds, on average. However, those who kept food records six days a week — jotting down everything they ate and drank on those days — lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less. At the behest of a personal trainer earlier this year, I started to keep my own food diary. No mouthful would go undocumented. The good, the bad and the deep-fried was to be written down, with no exceptions. The trainer said the journal would help the scales fall from my eyes . . . and boy, was he right.

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Admitting to a 2am post-club blowout in Eddie Rockets in black and white was, well, a shock to my senses. The pen would wobble in shame as I wrote down “1-3am: 4 glasses of Merlot”. I was shocked at how many innocent grazes made up my daily regime. But there is something about being honest in a food diary that makes you a little more honest with yourself.

“People eat on the go and forget many of the things they’ve eaten,” suggests nutritionist Orla Walsh. “Ask most people and they’ll tell you they eat lots of fruit and vegetables, but you can’t kid yourself when it’s all been written down and you’ve only had two portions a day.”

Apart from pinpointing where extra calories were coming from, there is also the issue of accountability. Showing your food diary to someone gives you an incentive to keep your bib relatively clean. This is why the diet tool Tweet What You Eat — whereby you keep an online food diary on Twitter — is such a resounding success. With nowhere to hide in big bad cyberspace, users are forced to think about what they put in their mouths. Sounds drastic, but if you’re serious about weight loss, often drastic measures are needed.

So far so good. However, within weeks of food journaling, the novelty began to wear off and the halo began to slip. I’d leave off innocent entries (so what if I’d had half of his banoffi pie on a date? I won’t be seeing him again, so it’s a once-off!), while three glasses of wine became two in print. And, as any seasoned dieter will tell you, denial isn’t just a great big river; it’s the first pit-stop on the way back to size 16.

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At the Dublin Nutrition Centre, Orla recommends food diaries to clients in a bid to pinpoint conditions such as IBS and to monitor blood sugar levels. But between the lines, says Orla, you will find out more about your eating habits than you could ever believe.

“Write down whether you are hungry when you start eating, how full you are when you’re finished, and whether you ate fast, or ate because you’re upset or bored,” she suggests.

Esther Blum, author of Eat, Drink & Be Gorgeous, has pinpointed another good reason to keep a food journal; to see how certain foods make you feel.

“If you’ve never really believed that food can affect your energy levels and mental acuity, try keeping a food log in which you record how you feel before and after each meal.” she writes. “Writing it down will help you eat mindfully and make the connections among food, mood and energy levels. Be as honest as you can; remember, it’s just to give you a perspective on how certain foods help or hinder your energy levels.”

If the alternative is a life of sit-ups and spinach, I think honesty and self-reflection might be a little easier to swallow in the quest for a new lease of life.

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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.

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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.

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