If you've ever wondered why celebrity physiques seem so unattainable, it's because you have to be an insane, superhuman person to survive their eating regimens. The following celebs pushed themselves to their dietary limits in ways that would probably kill the average person, or at least hospitalize them, albeit while looking red carpet-ready. No one recommends trying any of these.
1. Madonna—The Air Diet
According to International Business Times, a Dolce and Gabbana ad campaign featuring Madonna popularized this nonsense French diet called "L’Air Fooding," which was featured in a French magazine called Grazia. It involves all the steps of preparing food, up until you bring it to your mouth, at which point you breathe in the delicious aroma without consuming a single morsel of it. This diet allows you to have boiled water with salt, and that's it. Woo!
Subsisting on air has roots in "breatharianism," an ancient Eastern belief that enlightened individuals can survive on nothing but sunlight (and in some cases, water). It does not work.
2. David Bowie—The Cocaine, Red Peppers, And Milk Diet
During the Thin White Duke era of David Bowie's career, his drug abuse was at an all time high. As reported by the Daily Mirror, the rock legend survived on nothing but cocaine, red peppers, and milk for an extended period of time in the mid-1970s, which led to the aforementioned Thin White Duke's gaunt, emaciated look.
Not even Bowie recalls this time period very well, having later admitted he didn't remember recording his tenth album Station To Station at all: "I can't even remember the studio. I know it was in L.A. because I’ve read it was.”
3. Renee Zellweger—The Ice Cubes Diet
The Huffington Post alleges that Zellweger lost and kept off weight by relying on eating ice cubes to feel full. "As long as I get that 'constant feed' feeling, it's semi-tolerable," she said. Not that she exclusively ate ice cubes, but ate them in addition to what you have to assume is very little food. The only calories that could be gained from this trick are the ones from the tooth enamel you destroy from munching on ice.
4. The Rock—The 5,000 Calories Each Day Diet
To stay as big as The Rock, one would need to down seven meals a day and enough cod to populate a god damn ocean. Here's his daily diet breakdown, from an interview with Muscle & Fitness.
10 oz cod
2 whole eggs
2 cups oatmeal
8 oz cod
12 oz sweet potato
1 cup veggies
8 oz chicken
2 cups white rice
1 cup veggies
8 oz cod
2 cups rice
1 cup veggies
1 tbsp fish oil
8 oz steak
12 oz baked potato
10 oz cod
2 cups rice
30 grams casein protein
10 egg-white omelet
1 cup veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms)
1 tbsp omega-3 fish oil
This regimen also involves an hour of cardio from four a.m. to five a.m., and an hour and a half of pumping iron after that. The sheer amount of muscle a normal person would gain from this would be enough to suffocate them, though his cheat day may be even deadlier.
5. Warren Buffet—The 5 Cokes Per Day Diet
If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I do it everyday.
Buffet, 85, doesn't try to hide his affinity for sugary and/or salty treats, and uses his renowned investing logic to bet on the effectiveness of this diet as he would the market.
I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. It’s the safest course I can take.
Of course, Buffet knows how to get money. It's possible he's an investor in Coca-Cola, and is trying to inspire everyone to drink soda while he secretly feasts on a steady diet of vitamin smoothies.
6. Usain Bolt—The 100 Chicken Nuggets A Day Diet
According to the Jamaican sprinter's autobiography, Faster Than Lightning, Bolt consumed 100 McDonald's nuggets daily while he competing for the Beijing Olympics.
At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner. The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.
Basically this means if you eat a lot of fast food and aren't setting world records for sprinting like Bolt, you're the one who's weird.
7. Laura Prepon—The "Trick Your Body Into Thinking It's Pregnant" Diet
A doctor I consulted prescribed injections of HCG (a hormone secreted by pregnant women) to trick my body into thinking it was pregnant. The idea was that these injections (which I did myself every morning) would cause my body to burn stored fat to support the ‘baby.’ This regimen was accompanied by a starvation-level 500-calorie-per-day diet. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s just as crazy as it sounds, but I was willing to try anything. When I stopped it, not only did I gain all the weight back, but my hormones were completely out of whack.
Don't try this.
8. Lady Gaga—The Drunk Diet
Though at first it sounds more fun than some of the other eating regiments here, the Drunk Diet involves drinking whiskey whenever you want but then also working out religiously. The New York Daily News reported Gaga's description of her regiment on a Sirius Morning Mash Up talk show.
I live my life as I want to, creatively. I like to drink whiskey and stuff while I’m working. But the deal is, I’ve got to work out every day and I work out hung over if I’m hung over. And it’s about the cross-training and keeping yourself inspired. I have to say, I do a ton of yoga.
Exercise is known to ease hangover symptoms, but still, nah.
9. Anne Hathaway—The Two Dried Oatmeal Paste Squares Diet
To lose 25 pounds for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables, Hathaway told Vogue she subsisted on nothing but two dried oatmeal paste squares per day. "I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death," she said. Hopefully she treated her self to a nice bowl of normal, warm and wet oatmeal after wrapping her scenes.
10. Hafþór "Thor" Júlíus Björnsson—The World's Strongest Man Diet
If you thought The Rock's 5,000 calories per day was insane, the massive actor who plays The Mountain on "Game of Thrones" shared his regimen on Facebook and proved he nearly outdoes The Rock by noon, clocking in at 4,300 calories before lunch.
People been asking me a lot about my diet and what I eat! Here's my diet plan for my preparation for World's Strongest Man 2016! Yes this is a lot & I don't recommend YOU to try this!!
6:50 Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min Bcca, Glutamine + handful of almonds
7:30 8 eggs + 200gr Oats + blueberries & strawberries + avocado
9:30 400gr Beef, 400gr Sweet potatoes, handful of spinach & greens
11:50 Bcca, glutamine,
12:00 400gr Chicken + 400gr potatoes, greens + some fruits
14:00 Blender = 150gr oats or sweet potatoes, 2 bananas 150gr kelloggs rice krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
14:30 Training strongman, Bcca, glutamine, Vitargo
17:30 60gr protein + 2 banans
18:00 500gr beef + potatoes, greens
20:30 500gr salmon + 500gr sweet potatoes
22:30 50gr casein protein or 6 eggs + avacado + 30gr almonds + 50gr peanut butter
Drink a lot of water throughout the day + Juices to get more calories!!
middle of the night 50gr casaine protein or raw eggs
You don't get good at smashing people's skulls without an appetite equal to that of a large predator. But really you shouldn't try to get good at that.