These 4 Celebrities Changed Their Diets & It Changed Their Lives
When you feel good about your body, it magically radiates in all areas of your life.
And whether the goal is to achieve a slimmer figure, maintain a healthy weight or manage a chronic disease, there’s truly power in being comfortable and confident in your own body.
Through the years, many big names in the entertainment industry have opened up about their weight loss journey and it never failed to wow the public.
Their huge transformation inspired so many to take a leap of faith and make a difference in their lives by starting with a change in their diet.
Here are four distinguished celebrities who proved that a healthy diet is not only good for your nutrition but also for your life, in general.
1. Rebel Wilson
Inspired by her efforts to get pregnant, the “Pitch Perfect” star declared and dubbed 2020 as her “Year of Health.”
She took pride in her weight loss journey after shedding 77 pounds that also dramatically improved her health, revamping all her lab and blood work results the best they’ve ever been.
“I was going through a fertility journey, and it was better if I was healthier, and I kind of wanted to be healthier anyway,” the celebrity shared in an Australian morning show.
The actress lost 35 kilos by following the Mayr Method, a hundred-year old diet approach based on healthy vegetables and high-protein foods. She also revealed how taking care of her mental health helped her slim down by managing emotional eating.
2. Simon Cowell
Since adopting a vegan diet in 2019, the America’s Got Talent judge revealed how insane the result was in his weight.
He lost 60 pounds in 12 months by cutting out red meat, dairy, wheat and sugar from his diet.
Simon Cowell’s diet efforts was incited by a health scare in 2017 after he fell down the stairs at his home in London due to low blood pressure. “Sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible and this was certainly mine,” said the celebrity in an interview with The Sun.
He was then advised to make a complete makeover with his relationship with food and reduce alcohol consumption. “Within 24 hours, I changed my diet and I’ve not looked back since. You feel better, you look better.”
3. Kelly Clarkson
The songstress navigated her career with unsolicited comments about her weight throughout her stardom.
Despite the pressure to look thinner as a TV personality, Kelly unveiled that the change in her diet was not to trim her waistline but was just a side effect of her efforts to combat her autoimmune disease and thyroid problem.
In summer 2018, fans were quick to notice her slimmer figure after a number of TV appearances. The same year, she revealed that her 37-pound weight loss was a result of a restrictive new eating plan based on Dr. Steven Gundry’s best-selling book The Plant Paradox.
In his book, Dr. Gundry suggested the elimination of lectins from our diet, a protein responsible for many health problems such as leaky gut, weight gain, inflammation and thyroid issues.
“It’s a really great book that changed my life,” said the celebrity.
4. Jessica Chastain
This multi awarded actress switched to a plant-based diet and has been vegan for about 15 years after realizing how much better this diet made her feel.
“I found myself going to veganism because a friend of mine had a two week vegan food delivery program she wasn’t going to use, so I used it. Immediately I just had more energy than I’ve ever had in my life,” shared the American actress in a 2017 interview.
As a vegan since 2005, Chastain swears by the vegan diet and its health benefits.
Picking the right motivation in losing weight is already half the journey. Be it for more confidence, more energy, or more immunity, what’s important to keep in mind is that whatever positive change you want to instill in your health can greatly reflect in other areas of your life for the better.
Are you the type that craves a snack when you start to feel your stress levels rising? Don’t worry, you’re not alone—the term ‘comfort food’ is popular for a reason, and that’s because whenever we’re anxious or troubled, a lot of us have been hardwired to turn to food. The problem is, not everyone goes for green leafy vegetables or any other healthier food option when stressed out. Instead, we choose junk food and for understandable reasons: these unhealthy options actually help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone itself, in our bloodstream—making the cycle of stress eating a habit that seems almost impossible to break.
But that’s not entirely true! There are steps we can all take to curb stress eating not only to stop this habit but also to introduce healthier coping mechanisms during times of stress. In today’s list, we introduce 3 ways that can help minimize—and even stop—stress eating for good.
- Hide or replace all that junk.
Those overly sugary, empty-calorie snacks you like munching on whenever you’re frazzled? Put them away where you can’t see them, and make sure they’re conveniently out of reach! Out of sight, out of mind: you don’t need temptation lying around and making it more difficult for you to stop yourself from stress eating. And here’s something even better: replace your junk food stash with healthier, more nutritious options altogether.
- Eat right.
By right, we mean two things: choose the best types of food that will keep you full for longer, and have set meal times to make sure you don’t end up so hungry that you opt for something quick and unhealthy. We already know that a quick snack, no matter how good, won’t satisfy hunger—so why not choose something more filling instead? That and if you eat on time, then you’re less likely to go looking for something to snack on even when you’re stressed.
- Manage stress.
Sometimes, it’s all about facing the problem head-on: what’s stressing you out? By figuring out your triggers, you can start looking at ways on how to manage stress. There are more effective ways to de-stress than just eating, and it’s just a matter of finding one that works for you. If you’re not sure how to proceed, here’s a list of stress management strategies to give you a headstart.
While it’s great if you could stop stress eating altogether and for good, don’t be so hard on yourself—breaking the habit can be a slow and gradual process. The most important thing is to make progress: start with the little things, like staying away from junk food, and then tackle the bigger, more complicated issues like pinpointing what’s causing you so much stress. Before you know it, you’re going for healthier options and managing stress like a pro. Good luck, and keep going. You can do it!
Most of us probably know at least one person who rarely gets sick. You’ll hear them feeling under the weather once in a while, but overall, they’re as healthy as a horse. What sets them apart from us mere mortals? Two words: immune system. But hey—good thing there are easy steps we can take to give our own immunity a boost. And while there are a ton of ways to do that, we’ve narrowed today’s list down to four basic things that will give you the best headstart there is!
1.Get enough quality sleep.
According to studies, sleep and immunity are correlated and affect one another—consistent and quality sleep can help strengthen the immune system by allowing effective and balanced function. In short, proper sleep provides the immune system with the support it needs so that it can do its job: defending the body from infection and disease.
Did you know that chronic inflammation can affect the immune system by slowing it down? Thankfully, regular exercise reduces inflammation, according to a study, which can ultimately help the immune system function better. Exercise is also linked to the following: a reduction in stress hormones (with chronic stress having a significant effect on immunity by manifesting as an illness), and stronger antibodies that aid in fighting off infection.
- Eat right.
According to Harvard, there are no specific foods that can “prepare the body for microbial attacks and excess inflammation”,—but certain ‘dietary patterns’ may better prepare the body’s immune response to illnesses. And because our immune system relies on different micronutrients to function properly, it’s important to eat healthy and nutritious meals based on our individual needs. Some examples of nutrients that were found to be critical for both the growth and function of immune cells include the following: vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein.
- Minimize stress.
The stress hormone, called corticosteroid, can lower the number of lymphocytes in our body—that is, one of the main types of immune cells that help protect us from illnesses. This can make our immune system less effective, reducing our ability to fight off antigens and making us more prone to infections. Therefore, it’s important to find ways to manage stress. It can be through meditation, deep breathing, exercise (yes! Exercise again), and even counselling if it’s needed.
It’s worth noting that having a strong immune system can’t be achieved overnight. It’s all about dedication and consistency and a willingness to make the lifestyle change needed to become a better, healthier you. You can start slowly, taking small steps as you go, but the important thing here is to begin. Get into these good habits now and experience less instances of sickness for yourself!
For the longest time, parents were perfectly happy feeding their kids a whole bowl of sugar-coated cereal soaked in 100% milk with a side of artificially-flavoured orange juice every morning before school. They likewise survived until lunchtime on little else than a mug of coffee and two slices of avocado toast or two sunny-side-up eggs.
The goal wasn’t necessarily mental stimulation or clarity so much as it was “make it ‘til you can get a proper meal in.” A crying shame, to be sure, but very, very few can actually whip up a hearty, filling breakfast that nourishes both the brain and the body when pressed for time.
And besides; is such a thing possible?
According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a diet “high in fat, sugars, and processed foods in early childhood may result in lower IQ scores.”
That’s a yikes.
Meanwhile, scientists over at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have learned that levels of lutein – a nutrient present in leafy greens (like spinach and kale) and eggs – may be linked to cognitive performance across our life span, particularly “in the grey matter of brain regions.” It’s basically like an anti-aging compound for the brain.
And speaking of eggs, did you know that they’re also packed with a memory-improving substance known as choline? Meanwhile, salmon and walnuts are over here brimming with essential fatty acids that improve brain function.
So what’s the verdict? Can food really make you smarter?
“Smarter” might be too generic a term. I’m not saying that eating nothing but salmon and eggs for the rest of your life is going to boost your IQ some ten, twenty points. But there is significant evidence that suggests doing so will improve your comprehension and memory capacity (both short-term and long-term retrieval).
Basically, there are some foods that could potentially improve all matters regarding grey matter, and their assertions are all scientifically backed. Here’s a quick list:
- Salmon – a great source of that delectable “good kind of fat,” omega-3 fatty acids. Recent research (published around 2017) suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are crucial for improving cognitive functions.
- Eggs – a delicious-and-nutritious two-for-one, eggs contain high amounts of choline and lutein; two substances linked heavily to memory matters. Lutein helps slow down cognitive decline. Choline, on the other hand, is essential for brain and nervous system functions that include mood, muscle control, and – yep! – memory.
- Walnuts – touted as a “brain-booster” and “mood-stabilizer,” a decent amount of studies have linked walnuts with improved productivity and problem-solving capabilities. No surprise there, seeing as walnuts also contain high traces of good old omega-3.
- Spinach, Kale, and Other Leafy Greens – we mentioned spinach and kale in the context of lutein, but did you know that the iron in them can give you a shot of brain clarity?
Iron is an essential mineral that the body uses to transport oxygen to all systems. If you’re low on oxygen-carrying red blood cells (which will happen if you’re low on iron), you could experience an intense brain fog linked with fatigue.
- Beets – and on the topic of bringing oxygen to the brain, beets contain specific dietary nitrates; special compounds that can be converted to nitric oxide. Our bodies use nitric oxide to relax our blood vessels and increase blood flow (specifically, oxygen-rich blood) to the brain.It may seem like a stretch, but a 2016 study showed that older adults – aged 60 and up – who drank beetroot juice for six weeks straight experienced significant brain benefits. What’s more, their brains took on similar appearances to those of adults younger than them.
We are what we eat. If we choose to eat food that could, potentially, improve our grey matter and cognitive functions, who’s going to be upset? Popping a handful of walnuts every day or increasing your spinach intake may not give you tangible or immediate brain-boosting results, but it’s also not going to harm you in any way.
So cook up your salmon and serve it with a side of beets! Even if it doesn’t give you the photographic memory you were looking for, it’s still going to taste (and feel!) pretty darn good.
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