A good nutritionist doesn’t recommend a celebrity diet. Many celebrities promote extreme and sometimes even dangerous diets. Unfortunately, since most celebrities look photogenic and enviably thin and fit, many people jump on the celebrity diet bandwagon.
As a Certified Nutritionist, I strongly discourage taking diet or healthy living advice from letting anyone in the public eye who has no training in the field.
This Certified Nutritionist Does Not Follow Gwyneth Paltrow’s Health Advice
Gwyneth Paltrow is a good example of a celebrity who dispenses diet advice that no reputable nutritionist would recommend. Ms. Paltrow recommends a diet detox to start the year off right.
Here are her words of wisdom.
• “It is that time of year, folks. I need to lose a few pounds of holiday excess. Anyone else?
• I like to do fasts and detoxes a couple of times during the year, the most hardcore one being the Master Cleanse I did last spring. It was not what you would characterize as pretty. Or easy. It did work, however.
• As I do not wish to subsist on lemon water in the middle of winter, I asked my doctor, Dr. Alejandro Junger, a detox diet specialist, for the guidelines he uses to achieve a good detox that is not as hallucinogenic (in a bad way) as the Master Cleanse.
• Drink A LOT of water.
• Follow a prescribed menu plan for a seven-day elimination diet. The shakes and juices are meant to be liquid meals that help decrease the amount of work your digestive system has to do.
• I will be suffering along with you to kickstart my year a bit lighter.”
Sound like fun? Not to me.
Gwyneth Paltrow Also Advises on “Diet Rules”
These are the diet rules recommended by Ms. Paltrow. A good nutritionist would approve of #1 and #5, but the rest have no scientific basis.
1. Do deep breathing or gentle yoga.
2. Take a couple of spoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil at night to help stimulate your liver to eliminate bile and keep its circulation flowing.
3. If your bowel movements get sluggish, you can accelerate things by drinking half a shot glass of castor oil followed by a glass of water or using a mild herbal laxative. Bowel elimination is paramount for correct detoxification.
4. The skin gets rid of many toxins so it is important to sweat, either by exercising or taking a sauna.
5. Finally, make sure you eat whole organic foods, which have the best chance of having all the nutrients needed for liver and general detoxification.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Website
In 2008, Paltrow founded Goop, a lifestyle website that features purportedly healthy living content and style advice. It also features a robust e-commerce section that sells a wide variety of products.
The website is so popular that it just completed its second Goop Health Summit, held in New York City. The actress’ Goop website promotes health gear and diets. It also has pushed crazy things like vagina eggs and coffee enemas. That has brought it some harsh criticism.
Healthline recently analyzed Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website and highlighted some of the non-scientific products that are being marketed on the website. Here is one crazy and dangerous example that has no basis in sound nutrition.
• A $135 coffee named the Implant-O-Rama, was listed as part of the brand’s “Detox Guide.”
• Enemas had a heyday in the alternative medicine world in the early 1900s, but as word spread of the potential dangers, the colon cleanses waned in popularity.
• In fact, in 1919, the American Medical Association condemned the use of colon cleanses.
• More recently, the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology said in a statement that coffee enemas are “not merely useless but potentially dangerous.”
• The Mayo Clinic reports that coffee enemas have been to blame for several deaths.
A Good Nutritionist Steers Clear of Celebrity Health Recommendations
No good nutritionist looks to celebrities for healthy eating advice. Paltrow and Goop have the large platform to promote their health and wellness products, their body positive messages, and many of their claims because of Paltrow’s star and popularity.
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