every celebrity is a natural-born size eight. Some of them
actually have to work hard to achieve and maintain their red-carpet-ready
figures. So how do they do it?
|Undoubtedly, there are some
loony diet plans out there with more than one celeb following them;
however others stick to sensible and realistic regimes, which achieve
great results without sending you gaga. We take eight celebs and
you how to slim like a star.
|Geri Eats for Health
|| The former Spice Girl may not be the first person you'd associate
with 'sensible eating'. However, after her much-publicised battles
with bulimia, excessive exercise and every weird dieting trend
going, Geri Halliwell has at last found the solution to her weight-watching
woes. 'I had many years of yo-yo dieting,' she says 'but thankfully,
for the past two years now I've not been on a single diet, they
just don't work for me.'
Instead, Geri has ditched her dodgy dieting practices, which saw
her weight plummet to a tiny seven stone at one point, and regained
her famous curves by eating a sensible, fruit-and-vegetable-heavy
three meals a day. 'When I turned 30 I stopped trying to control
things. I stopped trying to be perfect all the time. I eat to be
healthy now rather than to be thin.'
Geri has since gained over a stone and says that the return of her
curves has been a big bonus for her love life. 'When I was skinny,
my love life was like a desert, but the minute I got a few pounds
on me, it all changed!'
||Until the birth of her daughter Apple four months ago, Gwyneth Paltrow famously
followed a strict macrobiotic diet plan, which banned all meat, eggs, dairy
and caffeine. However, during pregnancy Gwyneth bloomed and she puts the
weight gain down to the fact that she ditched the rabbit food and instead
indulged her cravings for toasted cheese sandwiches and chips.
Since the baby's arrival, Gwyneth has resumed a healthier eating plan,
although she admits she's not as strict on herself as she once was.
'I try to eat as organically
as possible and I steer clear of candy because I don't think there's any energy
in it,' she says. 'I simply try not to eat any over-manufactured foods that aren't
naturally welcome in my body. I try not to eat anything "toxic" that
will drain my energy.'
Watchers Works for Claire
||TV presenter Claire Sweeney readily admits that she's no natural bean pole, but
these days maintains her nine-and-a-half-stone figure by following an online
diet plan. After trying every diet going, including a detox plan, which she
stuck out for just four days, and Atkins, which she says made her lose energy
and gave her a kidney infection, Claire signed up to Weight Watchers online.
After entering her height and weight, the programmed told her how many 'points'
she could eat each day, which she loved because it meant that she could eat sensibly
but enjoy the odd treat too but lose weight at the same time. She also maintains
the plan by following a 'five days on, two days off' rule. This, combined with
regular gym sessions three times a week, has helped Claire stay trim but still
enjoy the odd trip to the chippy.
Photos in the Buff
||After supermodel Heidi Klum gave birth to daughter Leni earlier this year, she
stunned fans by slipping back into her svelte frocks just weeks after the birth.
So how did she do it? As well as sticking to a moderate but sensible daily
1700-2000 calories a day (any lower is not a good idea for new mums) and working
out at the gym at least three times a week, Heidi took weekly photos of herself
in the buff so she could spot the way her body was changing.
A little excessive maybe, but Heidi swears it kept her focused on sticking to
her plan. 'I've never been a stick figure,' she says, 'and if I could pay someone
to go to the gym for me, I would. This was a way of helping me stick to the plan.'
It obviously worked. Heidi shed the 30lbs she gained during pregnancy within
six months of her baby's birth. Wonder what she did with the photos?
||According to supermodel and mother-of-two Claudia Schiffer, a sensible, three-meals-a-day
plan is the way only way to maintain her catwalk curves. 'I don't diet because
it messes up your metabolism,' she says. 'Instead I eat three meals a day,
particularly lots of fruit for breakfast because it's cleansing and quickly
digested by the body and I try hard not to snack in-between meals. But if I
want a piece of chocolate or a biscuit, then I have one. Denial makes you crave
something even more.'
As well as sticking to a three-meals-a-day plan, Claudia tries to eat organically.
'I like my food to be as natural and unpolluted by chemicals as possible so I
always eat organic.'
to Look After Herself
||Emmerdale star Patsy Kensit once weighed as little as seven stone and was no
stranger to the world of crash dieting. However, after she split from third
husband Liam Gallagher, she enlisted the help of a personal trainer and learned
how to look after herself properly.
That meant learning to eat sensibly. Nowadays Patsy says she eats 'three meals
a day but very little wheat, dairy or sugar. Instead meals consist of things
like tuna steak, jacket potatoes and salad plus lots of fresh fruit.'
Patsy also loves to run and works out with weights every day. She readily admits
she's much happier with her figure these days. 'When I weighed seven stone I
was very unhappy,' she says. 'I basically didn't eat. I'm really happy with how
I look now and I
feel so much better for it.'
it in Moderation
||Charlie's Angels star Drew Barrymore stands out in Hollywood for being one of
the few actresses around who has natural feminine curves and sometimes has
to battle with her weight. Standing at just 5ft 4in tall, every pound Drew
gains or loses is easily noticed so it's a good job she has a healthy attitude
Formerly a strict vegetarian, Drew now occasionally eats meat but says 'I don't
eat a ton of meat, but if I feel my body needs some, then I'll eat it. I don't
put strict limitations on myself anymore, if I want something, I'll have it but
in moderation.' As well as being sensible and eating three meals a day, consisting
mostly of organic fruit and vegetables, Drew satisfies her sweet tooth with Diet
Coke and low-fat jelly.
She also ensures that fun forms of exercise are incorporated into her daily routine.
These include swimming, jogging, dancing and er, crazy golf. She says, 'It doesn't
matter how you raise a sweat, so long as you have fun doing it.'
||When she was crowned Queen of the Jungle last year, former Atomic Kitten Kerry
Katona was thrilled not only with her new title but also with her dramatic
weight loss. Shedding an incredible 10 lbs from her 5ft 3in frame, Kerry vowed
to stick to her jungle diet, which saw her drop from a size 12 to a size 8.
As well as hiring a personal trainer and visiting the gym three times a week,
Kerry kept the pounds off by cutting out alcohol during the week, eating wholegrain
rice and pasta, fish and steamed vegetables and salad dishes, instead of the
chips she confesses she loves. She also keeps a 'before' and 'after' picture
of herself on her fridge in order to prevent to any potential pig-outs. 'I'm
a lazy cow at heart,' admits Kerry, 'but I found the jungle-style diet and exercise.