Best Celebrity Diet Plans To Follow 2018: Atkins, More Weight Loss Programs

With the New Year finally here, most people use the opportunity to make a lifestyle change and set the mood for the year to come. The most popular New Year’s resolution continues to be setting specific weight loss goals, and celebrities are notorious for following diet plans in order to stay in shape. Even though diets don’t always work out for everyone, below are 5 celebrity diet plans to consider trying in 2018. Atkins 40 Kim Kardashian has loss weight on the Atkins Diet. The reality star is pictured attending Bumble Bizz Los Angeles Launch Dinner on Nov. 15, 2017 in Malibu, California. Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images Kim Kardashian is a fan of the Atkins 40 plan, which focuses on limiting sugar and carbohydrates. The diet focuses on portion control and only taking in 40g net carbs per day. As a result, it is said to lower hunger, leaving you feeling full for an extended amount of time. This weight loss plan is great for someone who wants a broader variety of food choices, is pregnant, breastfeeding or has less than 40 pounds to lose. The Paleo Diet Jessica Biel has followed the Paleo Diet. The actress is pictured attending the Baby2Baby gala on Nov. 11, 2017 in Culver City, California. Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP/Getty Images Jessica Biel admitted that she has enjoyed trying out the Paleo Diet, which calls for the elimination of processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, salt, refined oils and more. This leaves your everyday diet to consist of fish, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy oils and grass produced products, as well as nuts and seeds. Not only will you shed a few pounds, but participants of the diet have reported that they no longer suffer from seasonal allergies, migraines, acne and bloating. Weight Watchers DJ Khaled has shed 20 pounds on the Weight Watchers diet. The star is pictured attending birthday celebration on Dec. 2, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images For Ciroc Continue Reading

‘Best Diets’ List Ranks Best And Worst Diets With Keto, Whole30 On Bottom

If you’re a fan of the “fat-burning” keto diet, you’ll be fired up about its ranking in the 2018 list of best diets from US News and World Report: It’s tied for last, along with the relatively unknown Dukan diet. Both stress eating a ton of protein and minimal carbs, putting the dieter into “ketosis,” when the body breaks down both ingested and stored body fat into ketones, which it uses as energy. People on such diets often deal with fatigue and light-headedness as they adjust to a lack of carbohydrates. Though the experts on the US News and World Report panel that created the list said eating that way isn’t harmful short-term, they ranked the diets poorly on long-term weight loss success, ease of use and overall impact on health. Keto, Whole30, Dukan Diets Rank Last For the relatively new keto diet, the experts were especially concerned about extremely high fat content—about 70 percent of daily calorie intake—as well as unusually low carbohydrate levels: only 15 to 20 net carbs a day. The 2015-20 dietary guidelines for Americans suggest that 45 to 65 percent of daily calories come from carbs but less than 10 percent from saturated fat. “When you are on the keto diet, you drastically cut your carbs to only 20 per day. That’s less than one apple!” said nutritionist Lisa Drayer, a CNN contributor. “The keto diet is just not sustainable over the long term. It doesn’t teach you how to acquire healthy eating habits. It’s good for a quick fix, but most people I know can hardly give up pasta and bread, let alone beans and fruit.” The expert panel was particularly concerned for people with liver or kidney conditions, “who should avoid it altogether,” the report said, adding that there was not enough evidence to know whether the diet would help those with heart issues or diabetes. Because of the recommended “cycling” nature of the diet, taking breaks Continue Reading

I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life

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Apple growing has a rich history in NY

Whether freshly picked off the tree, baked in pie, dipped in candy sugar or cooked into sauce, apples are a fruit for all ages. And this time of year, it’s the focus of many events throughout the Hudson Valley.School buses and family vans pull into pick-your-own farms. Friends pack picnics and enjoy a day in the country, and multigenerational outings for apple picking are the norm.“Apple picking has definitely become a tradition,” said Rick Remsnyder, director of Ulster County Tourism, “and it’s grown over the years. It draws a lot of people to the region.”Many credit the rise in farm outings to the surging farm-to-table movement, however apple growing has a rich history in New York.Norman Greig’s father started his farm in 1942, at a time when the state was the largest apple producer in the world. They opened a pick-your-own feature in the 1950s and it’s a tradition Greig proudly carries on today. In summer there are blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, but the beautiful fall days when the apple harvest is ready for picking are his favorite.“The nights are cool and there’s an early morning fog on the ground, and it’s just beautiful,” Greig said of his Red Hook farm. It’s a memorable setting. “I talk to some families when they’re here and the parents say they remember coming here as kids,” Greig said. “That’s great to hear.”The farm offers a diverse apple crop, which not only caters to different taste buds, but also protects against the whims of Mother Nature.“Each variety harvests at a different time and each one blooms at a different time,” Greig said. “So something can be a problem for one variety, but not for another.”And apples are not only tasty, there’s a good reason the old adage of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” still rings true.One medium apple is only 80 calories, but it has 5 grams of Continue Reading

New Atkins Diet is better than ever: Flexibilty in veggies, caffeine revamps popular regimen

The world's most famous diet is back. And this time around, it's easier to swallow. The Atkins Diet, the original low-carbohydrate regimen launched by Dr. Robert Atkins in the '70s, has been reworked in a new book that promises it's healthier and more effective than ever. "The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great," penned by Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek, adapts the infamous plan for the 21st century. "The best way to describe this book is that it makes it easier to do the Atkins Diet than ever before," says Westman, a co-author who also is an associate professor of medicine at Duke University. "We've added a whole new element of flexibility and rewritten the Atkins Diet to include all the updates in science." Since its inception in 1972, the four-phase Atkins Diet, which stresses high protein and minimal carbohydrate ingestion, has proved both popular and controversial. Actresses like Renee Zellweger,Jennifer Aniston and Kim Cattrall all employed the weight-loss regimen to shed unwanted pounds, but critics have long complained that the diet seemed to promote meats and fats, not fruits and vegetables. That's a thing of the past. The new Atkins Diet puts to rest this anti-veggie bias once and for all, by supporting vegetable consumption from day one. "If there is one thing to disprove, it's the myth that vegetables are not included on Atkins," says Westman. "That's just not true. On a day-to-day basis, we want people to eat four to five servings of them regardless of the phase." In fact, the new Atkins Diet allows followers to eat more vegetables than ever, by discounting grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates, which the book's authors refer to as "net carbs." "We instruct people on using 'net carbs,' which allows them to subtract the fiber grams from the total grams of carbs," says Dr. Westman. "Atkins has always been a way of eating that promotes good, Continue Reading

Biggest Newser! Eleven sports guys decide to get in shape and change their lives in 90 days

Inspired by NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and our ever-expanding post-Super Bowl guts, 11 members of the Daily News sports department are joining offices all over the country in our own weight-loss challenge. We're aiming to find The Biggest Newser! People all over the country have been packing on the pounds over the last decade and we're no exception. By working out and eating right we hope to avoid  health risks like high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and chronic joint pain. The challenge is simple, though the goal is not. There are no group workouts or fitness duels, and no one gets voted out of the newsroom. But we will have a winner, and hopefully more than one. Beginning today, we each have  90 days to get fit, eat healthy and reach our goal weight. Whoever loses the largest percentage of their total weight will win our challenge. We each have years of bad habits to break and worse diets to change. We must choose a workout routine that's right for us, follow a nutrition plan and stick to it. Some of us have joined local gyms and found personal trainers while others are giving one of those infomercial workouts a go. One of us has even talked Brian McNamee into helping us. It won't be easy. Most of us sit at a desk all day surrounded by a wonderland of temptations: vending machines, pizza parlors, donuts, greasy spoons.  You can follow our progress and tell us about your own challenge at The Biggest Newser blog and hopefully we can all pare down the Big Apple.    Ninety days and plenty of pounds to go. Every day counts and it starts now. On your mark, get set ... GET FIT! * * *ERIC BARROW: Deputy Sunday sports editor Weight: 207.8 pounds Why am I doing this? I just turned 40 and I realize if I don't start taking better care of myself it'll be all downhill from here. I'm also arthritic, have been since I turned 18, and have felt "Arthur" recently take a turn for the worse. I would like to be more flexible and Continue Reading

Avoid winter weight with this meal plan

Let's face it: this unseasonably mild weather won't last. And when the freezing cold returns, you may not feel it just in your bones, but in your butt, thighs and hips, too. "People gain about 1 to 2 pounds during the winter," says Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D, author of "Food and Mood." "But the real problem is, they don't lose the weight, so it accumulates over the years, adding to the risk for obesity down the road." But people aren't packing on the pounds for insulation. The cause in fact may be depression. A new survey from Harris Interactive shows that overindulging in unhealthy foods is a common side effect of the seasonal affective disorder that affects 10%-20% of Americans this time of year. Forty-two percent of those polled admitted they are more likely to turn to comfort foods rather than a healthful diet. "Lack of sunlight in the winter raises melatonin and reduces serotonin. This combination frequently leads to depression," explains Somer. Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or "SAD," include lethargy, desire to oversleep, irritability, inability to focus and depression. Another key symptom is a marked craving for carbohydrates. According to Dr. Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University Medical Center, "for patients with seasonal affective disorder, a carb load 'feels good' in a way that a person without depression would not feel." Carbohydrates are well-known serotonin boosters, so when we are depressed, we tend to crave them even more than usual. It is believed that "eating carbohydrates results in a biochemical reaction similar to what you get with antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Zoloft," explains Terman. The problem is that people tend to turn to the wrong food for all the right reasons when battling seasonal depression. Simple carbohydrates provide a quick boost in serotonin. But they are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, which leads to a Continue Reading

Celebrities go for crazy quick-fix diets

Celebs love the spotlight - and with the spotlight comes the need for the quick-fix diet. There's the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Angelina Jolie Cambodian-jungle-bug diet - but who remembers the cabbage soup diet?When she needed to lose weight after giving birth to son Dezi James in May, "My Name Is Earl" Emmy-winner Jaime Pressly turned to an old standby that might be more gassy than glossy but did the trick."I went on the cabbage soup diet, which is a detox diet," she told press, "and it is definitely all about high protein and low carbs."Like many detox diets, the plan involves the elimination, then gradual adding-back-in of the food groups. On day one, only fruit is allowed. On day two, only vegetables. But by the end of a week, meat and dairy can be consumed.The trick to curbing your hunger: You can eat as much cabbage soup as you want.For Pressly, the trip to the cabbage patch also meant two-hour gym-sessions five days a week. By Emmy time, she looked as toned and shiny as that little gold statue.Celeb weight watchers noticed a similar recent slimming in diet queen Janet Jackson, who showed up at the U.S. Open looking much better than she did at home in sweatpants months before.Jackson's most dramatic weight-loss came in 2006. She'd packed on fat while hiding out at home after her boob-flashing Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake, then she dropped 60 pounds in four months."It came off fairly quick," the singer has said of her weight loss, "but I hit a plateau for two months. Talk about freaking out!"Her secret? Nutritionist David Allen put her on a strict menu of four or five meals a day - egg whites, chicken breasts, the occasional spear of asparagus - totaling 1,450 calories max.The most extreme celeb diets, however, often come with a star movie role.Christian Bale famously dropped from 180 pounds to around 120 for his role in 2004's "The Machinist." The dramatic slide was supposedly the result of one can of tuna and one apple per day Continue Reading


Yesterday, we told you how the thigh- and hip-targeting GI [glycemic index] Bikini Diet can help you lose up to 12 pounds in four weeks and reduce cellulite while feasting on your favorite foods. Now find out why you don't have to knock yourself out exercising. It'll be hot enough this summer. So there's no need to bring on more sweat by jogging or working out. Dr. Charles Clark, who developed the diet, says there are simple activities that anyone can do as part of their daily routine to look great on the beach. "When you exercise strenuously, you become very hungry," he writes in the book. "Unless you have an iron will, you must inevitably eat - usually much more than the calories you have used up in exercise." Clark adds that exercise stimulates insulin, which makes more body fat. If you haven't worked out in a while and are out of shape, you could put yourself at risk for pain or even a heart attack if you push yourself too far. A moderate fitness plan is healthy, though. Clark says a simple 15- to 20-minute walk each day will increase blood flow to the muscles, improving circulation and heart function. Don't think you have time for even that? Check out these fun tips on toning your muscles while at home or away. On vacation, always choose the lounge chair farthest from the bar. Swim at least 20 minutes a day. Take a brisk 20-minute walk. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Check out the fitness program in your hotel complex if traveling for business or pleasure. CELLULITE-BUSTING TIPS Drink at least four glasses of water per day to rehydrate Cut out the refined carbs Increase fruit and veggies in your diet More dietary fiber Keep alcohol intake low Stop smoking No junk food No fizzy drinks Dry body brushing (brush your body all over with a dry brush) and gentle massage will improve the circulation and lymph drainage, helping to remove the accumulated fluids from the Continue Reading


The book that blows the lid off those fabulous figures of the rich and famous! we've got their recipes for success! Angelina Jolie The Skinny: High-carb, high-protein, low-fat. Five small meals a day. Lots of water. The Dish: Angie's typical day: 2 ounces Shredded Wheat with 1 cup skimmed milk 1 banana mashed and topped with 2 ounces strawberries 1 Scotch pancake topped with 1 poached egg 5 ounces grilled salmon, 2 ounces peas, watercress 1 ounces muesli bar 5 ounces orange juice 4 ounces chicken breast cooked with lemon juice and sliced tomatoes 4 ounces baked potatoes 7 ounces rice pudding with 2 ounces fresh black currants The Goal! Lascivious figure. Lush but tough. The "Carrot": Those lips. That rack. Doability: Maybe for a week. Or two. The X Factor: What the hell are "Scotch" pancakes? Jennifer Aniston The Skinny: The Zone Diet: 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat. The Top Dish: Veal and Mushrooms with Vegetables and a Tomato Coulis (Serves 2) 4 ounces veal 1 1/2 teaspoons virgin olive oil 4 ounces mushrooms 4 spring onions, finely chopped 2 tomatoes chopped, skinned and seeded 3/4 cup vegetable stock 1 bay leaf 6 ounces spinach 4 ounces cauliflower Cut the veal into strips and saute quickly in half the oil. Remove from pan, add the sliced mushrooms and cook until brown. Mix with the veal. Keep warm. Saute the spring onions with the remainder of the oil until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook until soft. Add the stock and bay leaf, and simmer gently for a few minutes to make a sauce. Remove bay leaf. Wilt the spinach and steam the cauliflower. Pour the sauce on the veal and mushrooms and serve with the spinach and cauliflower. The Goal! Wholesome but frisky silhouette. The "Carrot": Best twins in the business. Doability: Good for a lifetime, with time off for bad behavior. The X Factor: Only 30% fat? Goodbye frappuchino! Ashley Judd The Skinny: No fried chicken and hush puppies for Continue Reading