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Tuesday, 4 February, 2003, 13:23 GMT
Celebrity diets: One month on
A fortnight ago BBC News Online staff came off the celeb diets they'd trialled for two weeks. Have they put weight back on, or gained a few healthy habits?Diet: Glycemic Index (or Montignac)
Inspired by the celebrities who flaunt their chosen diets, we found five colleagues prepared to jump on the bandwagon. For two weeks they followed the lead of Brad, Kylie et al, and came off their regimes a fortnight ago. Who has since returned to their old habits?
Star endorsement: Kylie Minogue
Weight change since ending diet: lost one pound (0.5 kg)
Rating from 1 (easy) to 5 (hard): THREE (FIVE at weekends)
I'm still having porridge or something equally stodgy and inedible for breakfast, then lots of fruit, salad and lean meat during the day. I'm still on skimmed milk, black coffee with no sugar and a complete ban on raiding the kids' sweet supply. And, most remarkably, still no pints of bitter.
I've found there can be at least one spectacular failure a week, as long as I return to the rules the next day. So in the past fortnight I've pushed at the boundaries of consumption at a family reunion, and survived a head-on clash with my Mum's stew and dumplings.
no weight change
A huge project at work had me working all hours, so time for preparing healthy food was out and convenience nosh was in. Naughty food always tastes so much nicer when you've not had it for a while.
By some miracle I've not gained any weight, but the glowing skin, sparkly eyes and boundless energy have all vanished.
I've decided diets are destructive. I want some balance in my life, and lurching from healthy to unhealthy isn't ideal.
If I had a personal chef like most of these celebs, then maybe I'd stand a better chance. I loved the challenge of the detox - and I loved the results even more - but as with all these diets, it wasn't realistic for everyday life.
lost four more pounds (1.8 kg)
Other than these temptations, it's been quite easy to stick to my diet here as Czech food is very meat-heavy - real hunter food, with lots of wild meat which is perfect for blood type A. I packed loads of prunes and healthy flapjacks to keep temptation to a minimum.
I still feel absolutely great, so I'm going to largely stay off wheat and dairy products - except butter and a little bit of chocolate.
gained 2.3 pounds (1 kg)
Then we went away for the weekend. How do you diet when the only food source is a pub on a long, energetic - who I am trying to convince? - walk. I am so weak-willed it is unbelievable!
And if you think I've run out of excuses, think again. The Polish celebrate "feast days". Mine is St Anna's on 26 July - a long way off - but this Friday is St Richard's, a popular name, so I can see myself weakening again when we go out to celebrate yet again.
So the new running trainers I got for my birthday will need to be put to full use. Perhaps when it gets a bit warmer...
Brad 'n' Jen
Lost one stone (6.3 kg) overall
I can even find things I want to eat for breakfast again, as I'm allowed a small piece of toast or a bagel each morning.
I do feel a lot better too, after my days and days of digestive problems and low energy. And it does help that I now know what I can and can't eat.
But I do find it hard when I'm away - I'm on a residential course at the moment and there's only sandwiches for lunch.
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Or if dieting leaves you cold, click here for Susie Orbach's interactive essay on the dangers of the diet industry.
As a woman in her late 40s, I can assure you that my health has been dramatically improved by cutting right down on foods which keep my liver busy (yes, by detoxing). The doctor was muttering about a hysterectomy, no thank you, a change of lifestyle will suit me fine.
I am on the Montignac plan at the moment and am inspired by Pete's success. I have lost 7lbs so far - 50% of my target - by stuffing my face with fruit, lean meat, dark chocolate, and the odd high fibre carb. Eating out hasn't been a problem, and the change in lifestyle will be sustainable. Faddy diets are difficult to stick to, so I have found the simplicity of Montignac - simply cutting out white carbs and being careful when you eat what - wonderful. By eating more fruit and veg my skin has improved and I feel much more energetic. I'm off for some sashimi...
I tried the Atkins diet, but gave up after 7 days. I lost 5lbs but the headaches were awful and I was so tired. I was in bed by 9pm most night. I am back on a low fat diet now (Weight Watchers) and am losing about 2lbs a week.
I'm pleased Cathy has found benefits to her lo-carb diet. If Cathy's eating toast and bagels then she isn't adhering very strictly to Atkins, but one of the healthiest aspects of this diet is the importance of customising it in the long term to a level of carbohydrate at which you can lose or maintain weight and at which you feel healthy and happy.
The Atkins diet - be carefull, it can cause you body to go into ketosis (only burning off fat). When in ketosis, your breath smells of acetone. There are many different views on ketosis, so I would suggest doing a good search on the web and talk to your doctor. Check out the NHS Direct site. Oliver Stieber, England
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