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Celebrity Diet Lowdown: Britney Nixes Fruit

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8/23/2008 10:20 AM   :  94 comments

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Britney Spears is looking good.

Not only has her hair grown back, but she has slimmed down, too. (I don't think Britney was overweight, but you have to admit she did look pretty unhealthy during her series of personal crises over the last couple of years.)

On the cover of OK! Magazine, a tanned, bikini-clad Spears reveals her toned new bod.

Spears' plan

"I'm the healthiest I've been all my life," Britney, 26, tells OK!. "My diet has a lot to do with my getting into shape. I have no sugar. I don't eat fruit or even fruit juice because of the sugar. I eat chicken and salmon and rice. I eat avocados. I'll have egg whites for breakfast and sometimes turkey burgers for lunch. I try to do just 1,200 calories a day. It may sound like it's not much, but it's actually a lot of food if you eat the right things."

Of course, Brit also hits the gym on a regular basis, doing "lots of cardio and weights" five days a week.

While Britney certainly looks happier and healthier than we've seen her in a long time, take a closer look at that nutrition and exercise regime.

The dailySpark's Celebrity Diet Lowdown

Protein boost Getting enough protein is important, according to experts. Protein helps you stay fuller longer. (That's why experts say to include protein at every meal, because it takes longer to digest and helps keep you from feeling hungry right away.) After a workout, eating protein will stop your body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy and initiate the process of rebuilding and repairing your muscles.

SparkPeople recommends that 10% to 35% of calories should come from protein, which means the remaining 65% or more of your calories should come from the other food groups.

Vetoing sugar In the past, 26-year-old Spears was often photographed with oversized, calorie-laden, frozen coffee creations topped with chocolate and whipped cream. Cutting those regular indulgences (along with other processed foods) surely makes an impact on the waistline. But Britney's plan treats all sugars as equal and excludes fruit and fruit juice.

Fruit contains sugar, yes, but it is a naturally occurring sugar that is packed with nutrients. And not all fruit is high in carbs and sugar. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are at the low end of the spectrum of carbs in fruit. (They're full of antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber to boot!)

Just 1,200 calories? Spears, a mother of two active young boys, is only eating 1,200 calories or so a day, and she's working out five days a week. I'm guessing she's hungry. Really, really hungry.

SparkPeople doesn't recommend that any female eat fewer than 1,200 calories daily or that any male eat fewer than 1,500 calories daily.

When calories drop too low (usually below 1,200 calories for women and 1,500 calories for men), your body’s protection mechanism switches on because the body thinks it is starving. In order to conserve energy, the body lowers your metabolism and you will not burn calories as quickly. This results in a slower weight loss rate or sometimes prohibits any weight loss from occurring.

At SparkPeople, our experts call this “Starvation Mode.” When your caloric intake falls below these levels, it is also extremely difficult to obtain all the nutrients that your body needs for health and survival. These very low calorie intakes can also lead to other health problems such as eating disorders, gout, gallstones, and heart complications.

Verdict

Spears' diet excludes entire food groups and keeps her calories pretty low. Do you think she'll keep the weight off? Time will tell, and she seems determined. Let's hope she listens to the secrets of the 5%.

Photo: OK! Magazine


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Comments

  • 44
    Who would listen to Britney Spears about getting healthy. Its not just body size. It does not surprise me she would go to a quick fix plan. That's the way to get in the cycle of loose gain loose gain. At 26 she and others like her are just setting them selves up for a life time of not being healthy. I know I have been there.

    Kitt - 8/24/2008   9:15:29 AM
  • 43
    It is a shame that as a role model that she says she doesn't eat many fruits cause of the sugar. Teenage girls that read this will want to follow this example. Brit there are good sugars and bad sugars.

    I am happy that she is finding a better balance then before.

    Nann - 8/24/2008   9:14:53 AM
  • 42
    I don't think she will be able to sustain this "diet" for the long term. By cutting out fruit, and the occasional indulgence, it will back fire. The sad part is there are tons of young girls and women who look to her for inspiration and will try doing the same thing. - 8/24/2008   9:11:27 AM
  • ANGEL_OF_HOPES
    41
    That's awesome work but I would like to ask about the non-sugar diets? Is it healthy to stick to it? In addition, Is the artificial sweeteners or Diet sweet count as a sugar? - 8/24/2008   8:51:48 AM
  • 40
    celebs are usually airbrushed over their flaws so really we cant just think of them as ideals bodies because we never see the real body. - 8/24/2008   8:31:53 AM
  • 39
    I really don't like the fact that so many people look to celebrities as "ideal" bodies. We may or may not ever be able to look like that. Too many times we just set ourselves up for failure because we can't look "perfect" like them. And I can't imagine a day without fresh fruit - it is a staple in my diet! - 8/24/2008   8:04:34 AM
  • 38
    Glad to hear that she is no longer on a collision course with life. Sounds like she has good strategies. Hope she quit smoking too!! - 8/24/2008   7:46:42 AM
  • 37
    Good for Britney - she's working to make improvements instead of continuing down the destructive path she was on. It doesn't sound like she's taking pills or going on a bizarre diet that could never be sustained forever. Maybe when she has a more balanced life and is comfortable with her weight loss she'll add fruit back in and then she's not much different than the SP plan I'm on. I say more power to her! Wish I looked like that!! - 8/24/2008   7:13:30 AM
  • 36
    this is just another piece of celebrity junk that our young girls don't need to see.. fruit is a very important part of our diet.. I have to wonder how many teeagers and young women are going to swear off fruit now after seeing this? - 8/24/2008   6:58:13 AM
  • SHADSTER
    35
    She may look good now but how will this diet affect her in 20 - 30 years? And can she maintain this for very long? I doubt it. - 8/24/2008   5:31:58 AM
  • 34
    WOW good for her. :P - 8/24/2008   5:16:49 AM
  • 33
    I am glad to read the SP is helping a lot of people. This is a interesting article and hope that she gets her life back in order.

    Thanks for sharing this information. - 8/24/2008   2:35:22 AM
  • 32
    I am sure Brittney had POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, like BROOKE SHIELDS had and that was all the cause of her "strange" behavior. She'll keep the pounds off, because she dances a lot. - 8/24/2008   1:46:12 AM
  • 31
    i hope she keeps this up - 8/24/2008   12:42:03 AM
  • UVJA1984
    30
    I'm glad to see that she's doing better. - 8/24/2008   12:10:23 AM
  • 29
    I think believe that when you eliminate one food group from your diet, you are bound to relapse somewhere down the line. I know on one diet I cut out chocolate completely...man..I wanted chocolate everyday. I have found for me that moderation in all things is what works. And now when I have a piece of fruit or chocolate or zucchini I enjoy it and my cravings stay at bay.... Just my thoughts. But I also agree that we all have to find what works best for us. So I hope that she finds balance in her life now in all things. - 8/23/2008   11:56:24 PM
  • 28
    It didn't say she doesn't eat veggies...
    and she does eat avocados..arn't they considered a fruit?
    Sparks recommends I eat around 1240 -1400 cals daily... and I am not starving..I am full daily.. and I workout daily tooo..so what is the big deal. - 8/23/2008   11:14:16 PM
  • 27
    I don't think any food is completely off limits. Some foods should be limited, of course, but not necessarily eliminated. I always thought that I would lose a lot more weight when I cut out sugar. It didn't work for me. - 8/23/2008   9:02:34 PM
  • 26
    Looks like they stole their headline from "US Weekly." LOL! I'm convinced that one person writes every tabloid, all the stories are the same! - 8/23/2008   8:45:51 PM
  • KARENMJ
    25
    I seem to be a minority. I was able to lose 20 pounds on a 1200 calorie a day diet/exercise program. I worked out 6 days a week and ate healthy. Britney is correct that 1200 calories can be a lot of food IF you choose the foods. I was not hungry at the end of the day.

    Is it for everyone? Not by a long shot, but that amount of calories can work for some people.

    I do also agree with the person who doesn't really believe that is what Brit really looks like and that will all her money she can look better faster with all the help she can hire. - 8/23/2008   8:36:46 PM
  • 24
    If weight loss is her only goal, then she's acheived it. Healthy eating would include fruits in moderation, but I think that since the industry that she's in is about image that is what she is going for. I don't feel like I have to follow her lead because A) I don't have millions of dollars at my disposal (or at risk if I don't get it together, which is another interesting part of the industry) for trainers and nutritionists/cooks and B) I want to lead a healthy lifestyle. I am glad that she is getting her life together and beginning to look healthy again. Hopefully she will be advised about healthy eating and fitness eventually. - 8/23/2008   7:45:12 PM
  • RASCALOO
    23
    Thanks for sharing the article and saving me wasting $ on the magazine. Definitely not an eating plan I'll be following!
    - 8/23/2008   6:08:05 PM
  • A*L*P*
    22
    I get so tired of hearing about Britney! I feel for these young girls (mine included) growing up with these types of role models (naming BS, Paris and the such). I know that nothing I can say or do will change anything, I am working really, really hard to instill good eating habits with everything in moderation as the way to eat. The absolute last thing I need my DD learning about is severely limiting caloric intake. What most people fail to realize is that calories are our friends -- we HAVE to have them in order to survive. Everything in moderation!! - 8/23/2008   5:08:07 PM
  • XOIYACREATIONS7
    21
    Thank God For Sparkpeople the best get healthy plan out there. - 8/23/2008   4:57:45 PM
  • 20
    It's definitely not as extreme as other "celeb" diets I've heard of. I personally think spark needs to get themselves a celebrity endorsement for publicity. I think it'd be really neat. Probably not someone the likes of Britney Spears etc. but someone who ACTUALLY needs to lose weight. - 8/23/2008   4:47:43 PM
  • AMYSMOM2
    19
    I think she'll be sorry she didn't up the calories later in life. She's too young to be limiting herself to a 1200-calorie lifestyle. - 8/23/2008   3:51:40 PM
  • 18
    People who are diabetic are allowed to eat fruit (except for in the morning since that is when you are the most insulin resistent). Fruits are good for you. When I have a craving for something sweet I dive for an orange and eat it slowly. Mmmm.

    Turkey burger? Doesn't she know that breads and such break down into sugar pretty quick unless it's whole wheat (it breaks down slower)?

    I'm glad BS (love the double acronym there) seems happier which will really help her kids, but this diet will likely not last. - 8/23/2008   3:47:44 PM
  • 17
    I am with cricketro, if we had BS money to have personal trainers and chefs to fix our healthy meals and had our photographs airbrushed we would all look fantastic! - 8/23/2008   3:10:09 PM
  • 2NDSTAGE
    16
    Personally, I think any diet that restricts, or prohibits, any food group is bad. Moderation is the key. I myself could never give up fruit or veggies, let alone that special little sweet when my body says so. I have been on all types of "diets" and found the one that works contains all foods. Keeping track is a big help, along with work outs. - 8/23/2008   2:59:24 PM
  • 15
    I don't think that I could give up fruits. They save me when I'm craving something sweet! - 8/23/2008   2:45:23 PM
  • CRICKETRO
    14
    ALL photos in magazines are photoshoped...what makes you think this is a "real" photo? as for her diet...the difference between her and us is that she has the money to pay a nutritionist, a chef , a trainer, a make up artist...of course she'll look stunning very soon b/c she has the means to do that fast. Considering how much money she makes I bet she won't fall off the wagon b/c that would ruin her credibility.

    No, i'm not a BS fan per se and I can't care less what celebs do. I'm a real woman, I don't pay a nutritionist but I have lost almost 40 lbs. I also eliminated sugar but I love fruits :) - 8/23/2008   2:33:14 PM
  • 13
    We all have to find what works for us. But as far as keeping it off, that's an even harder game to play. Most people will gain it back. As the article says, only time will tell. - 8/23/2008   2:22:15 PM
  • JAT1986
    12
    I think ppl should cut her some slack. As long as she's happy and it appears thats shes doing a ton better than what does it matter? I like her and her music so i say Rock on Brit! - 8/23/2008   2:18:22 PM
  • 11
    good for her i guess, but i think it's sad that a bunch of women will probably start cutting fruits out of their diets and killing themselves in the gym.

    i think spears should find a healthier balance. but it's her life. - 8/23/2008   2:06:49 PM
  • 10
    Ugh. Another reason Britney just bothers me. - 8/23/2008   1:59:09 PM
  • 9
    I can't imagine a day without fruits and veggies! She does look happier though. - 8/23/2008   1:50:07 PM
  • 8
    The diet seems unreasonable. she can probably keep it up for a little while but it's not healthy in the long run. Thumbs down. - 8/23/2008   1:46:29 PM
  • MOMOF3KIDZ77
    7
    Well I always was a BS fan. I am so glad shes doing better and looks healthier. I doubt she will gain it back if her career gets back on track though expecially working out so much. Once she gets sick of that diet shell just start another im sure. I personally could not do without carbs! NO WAY! - 8/23/2008   12:31:24 PM
  • 6
    I've been with SP for almost 2 years, the 1st year was spent loosing 38lbs, the 2nd keeping it off. I improved my eating habits and added a cardio and strength program, but I have never deprived myself of having fruits they constitute a big part of my diet. I even indulge in my favorite dessert a couple times a week. If you ask me removing everything you love out of your diet is a sure way to fall of the wagon and not bother to get back on it.

    But hey it's just my 2 cents. You don't have to agree!!!! - 8/23/2008   12:06:00 PM
  • 5
    I am so glad to see that she is doing better. Not everyone is a fan of her, but I think we can all say that we are glad to see her healthy and on the right track to being the best mamma she can be for those boys! - 8/23/2008   12:03:36 PM
  • 4
    I think she looks phenomenal! I am not a BS fan, but I'm glad to see her looking so well, since a lot of young women look up to her. Only advice: eat some fruit! It has many more good benefits than bad.

    P.S. If you "could" care less, it means you care. The expression is "I couldn't care less."

    - 8/23/2008   11:43:09 AM
  • 3
    Fruit is fine in *moderation* Load up on oranges and watch sugar rush and fall commence...Fruit juice ? No..... bad. Sugar in general is the devil.
    Good for her. Looks like she is staying on her meds and I m sure the lack of spiking of insulin also keeps her calmer. - 8/23/2008   11:33:41 AM
  • MICHAELA2780
    2
    I don't usually care what celebrities do, but, she has just influenced countless women to follow in her footsteps with this diet, and that does bother me. I've read posts on the forums from people who stress out because they've eaten FRUIT!! How many more women out there will try to emulate her diet and make themselves miserable - either because they're really hungry or because they can't keep it up for long and will feel like a failure? To me, that's the real issue. - 8/23/2008   11:03:25 AM
  • LITERB93
    1
    Again, Who cares about what Celebrity's do. I don't. I could care less. - 8/23/2008   10:47:47 AM

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