We can’t always be perfect; this I understand. Sometimes we contradict ourselves (for example, I think of myself as a good dresser but every single day this week, I have worn workout clothes throughout the day, only to change directly into PJs after my PM workout. They’re cute workout clothes, yes, but terribly What Not To Wear-like.) And perhaps nowhere else is it easy to be hypocritical than when it comes to food and diet. I say I like to “eat clean”…yet last night I ate a brick-like lemon bar after dinner…plus a cup of Corn Pops, a handful of cherries and washed it all down with half a can of Diet 7-Up. I write all about loving your body… yet I still find myself pulling at my naked tush to see what it’d look like with creamy smooth, lump-free preteen skin.
But lately it seems as if some celebs are taking the diet hypocrisy to a whole new level. First, Gwyneth Paltrow based a recent goop newsletter post on “the amazing three-week-long ‘Clean’ detox program” she just finished. “I followed it to the letter and I can report that it worked wonders. I feel pure and happy and much lighter (I dropped the extra pounds that I had gained during a majorly fun and delicious ‘relax and enjoy life phase’ about a month ago). I also really enjoyed learning about the incredible health benefits of resting your digestive system, etc. This thing is amazing.”
“This thing” is the Dr. Alejandro Junger CLEAN detox. For $350 plus S&H, it includes a bunch of powders and pills and limits you to one meal a day (check out breakfast, lunch and dinner here).
And yet, isn’t Gwynnie the same woman who ate her way through Spain with Mario Batalli last year? Who seems to always be talking about how much food she eats and how she simply cannot bear to diet?
I suppose loving food and then depriving yourself of pretty much anything that requires actual chewing is possible, but it sure doesn’t seem likely. Or healthy, for that matter. And how does she work and chase after two kids on such an empty stomach?
Other celebs may shun fasts but profess to eat whatever they want – burritos, burgers, pasta – but their lithe bodies beg to differ. A few other celebs who say one thing but do (or seem to be doing) another:
My girl says she never works out, that, just before shooting a steamy Gossip Girl scene in a bra and skimpy shorts, “I had a pork burrito, chips and coke.” And yet…look.
Sarah Jessica Parker
“I eat everything,” the actress, 43, told PEOPLE. “I’m just an eater.” She then listed all the food she’d inhaled in the past 48 hours: “Last night I had steak and some lamb shank. And I had some roasted chicken and some cassoulet and some profiteroles and some ice cream and some cheesecake.” On Monday, “I had two different tarts from Once Upon a Tart [in SoHo] and toast and a banana and a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. And a glass of fresh orange juice.”
Her key to looking like this? Avoiding booze, running around after her son (at this point, she hadn’t had her twin girls) and “anxiety.” (Caveat: Her slimness may indeed be a naturally blessed metabolism – remember her sick bod in LA Story?)
This kind of look doesn’t happen without serious food restriction, and yet Lilo has forever deemed her adventures in weight loss as “unintentional.” “I eat. I had my Big Mac yesterday from McDonald’s. I eat just as much as I always have.” In 2006, she told Vanity Fair magazine that, “I was making myself sick” – a seemingly clear reference to bulimia – but she later backpedalled, saying she was misunderstood.
Who else? Tori Spelling? Beyonce? (loves her curves but follows Master Cleanse).
I hope this doesn’t come off as girl-on-girl loathing. I’m just saying, it seems kind of crazy that all of these women claim to eat whatever they want, and then have ridiculously slim bodies to show for it.