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With the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards coming up Sunday (Aug. 29), you’d better believe the dieting and working out in Tinsel Town has reached a fever pitch as stars get red carpet ready, and everyone else strives to pass muster on one of the glamour nights of the year.
“Modern Family’s” sexy Sofia Vergara admitted she’s been trying to be good about what she eats, so she can look her shapely best. Her approach – carrying lollipops in her handbag so “instead of a tiramisu, I can have a boring lollipop” – could launch a trend. Sadly, lollipops that can make one look like Sofia Vergara exist only in our dreams.
That’s good for a smile, but other “diet like celebrities” ideas out there are taken quite seriously – sometimes for the worse. As a number of Hollywood stars can attest, rash super diets can have long-lasting negative effects on one’s health
The “Master Cleanse” diet — also called the “Lemonade” or “Maple Sugar” diet — highly-touted awhile back for helping Beyonce shed 20 pounds, is actually more than 60 years old. Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers, who went vegan a couple of years back, lost some 70 pounds on the cleanse regime, in which followers chug a concoction of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for a minimum of 10 days. But doctors warn of the method, noting that fasting for a few days is fine, but extended fasting can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Electrolyte imbalance can affect the heart and other major organ functions.
The same goes for extreme low carb/low calorie dieting. According to the American Heart Association, such quick-fix regimes leave out vital vitamins and minerals, may be high in fat and can increase the risk of heart disease.
And they don’t lead to sustained weight loss.
Tales of stars and models using laxatives for fast weight loss are also common — but medical experts say that such practices are actually ineffective, and can cause abdominal pain, dangerously low potassium levels in the blood, and lasting damage to the large intestine. Low potassium levels can cause cardiac arrhythmia — irregular heat beat, which can be life-threatening.
Matt Damon famously shed 45 pounds from his five-foot 11-inch frame to play a heroin-addicted soldier in the 1996 “Courage Under Fire” — by running 10 miles a day and adhering to a strict diet of egg whites, chicken, vegetables and dry baked potatoes. He looked perfect for the role, but, as he has admitted, the diet induced an adrenal gland disorder that made him deathly ill and affected him in following years
Martin Lawrence was jogging in near triple digit temperatures in an effort to lose weight for a movie role in 1999 when he collapsed with a temperature of 107 and was in a coma for three days.
All of which adds up to a cautionary note for those who may be tempted to lose weight in unhealthy ways.