If you have gained a little weight over the past Christmas and New Year celebrations then you are almost certainly not alone, which is why one of the more popular New Year resolutions is to lose weight.
However, with so many different diet plans available it can be difficult to decide which plan will be the best for you.
Some maybe effective, but often you will find that some will be not only ineffective but potentially dangerous too.
Take some of those celebrity diets that involve drastic cutting of calories, these are unlikely to result in the weight loss you desire. Plus you could be risking your long term health by missing out on the vital nutrients your body needs.
With this thought in mind, which celebrity diets should you avoid?
#1: The ‘No Sugar Diet’
The No Sugar Diet has apparently been used by Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and Alec Baldwin, but that does not necessarily mean that you should try it.
This particular diet advises its users to exclude all types of sugar and often carbohydrates too.
The problem with this type of diet is that while it is a good idea to cut back on your sugar intake, in particular those added sugars found in junk foods, the reality is that your body requires carbohydrates and the natural sugars that they contain for energy.
Cutting entire food groups from your diet is rarely a good idea.
#2: The ‘Kale and Chewing Gum Diet”
In preparation for a film role, most likely Nightcrawler, actor Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly underwent this diet to lose the weight necessary for the character he played.
The problem with this type of diet is that you are unlikely to be consuming enough nutrients to be healthy from just eating kale all day.
Your body needs variety and the nutrients from this variation of foods.
#3: The ‘Bulletproof Diet’
One Direction singer Harry Styles is a reported fan of this diet, but a black coffee with 2 tablespoons of butter and a tablespoon of MCT oil is unlikely to be a healthy choice.
Of course cutting alcohol and processed foods from your diet is a positive step, replacing them with coffee is not a good idea.
Coffee is a natural stimulant so you will find that your energy levels will remain high, however there is very little nutritional content to be found in this diet.
#4: ‘The Super Elixir’ Diet
“The body” Elle Macpherson is the co-founder of The Super Elixir, which is a food supplement made from a variety of different fruits and vegetables, as well as a few Chinese herbs.
The problem with this product is the price, as based on the recommended dosage (10g daily) you could be spending as much as £96 a month using this product.
Would it not be a cheaper option to simply buy some fresh fruit and vegetables and to eat them regularly with a healthy balanced diet?
Even though a celebrity has claimed to use a particular diet this does not necessarily mean that it is true, nor does it mean that this particular diet is safe and effective.
Often these stars need to get into shape quickly for a film role, so they may be tempted by these more drastic weight loss methods.
What you need to remember is that these celebrities will undoubtedly have a team of nutritionists and personal trainers to ensure they look their best.
Plus, can you ever truly believe the images that you see in these magazines and online? In this day and age with photoshop, what we see is often not a true reflection of how they look in the flesh.