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Pros and Cons of Celebrity Weight Loss Plans: Will They Work for You?

Mar 14, 2024
Pros and Cons of Celebrity Weight Loss Plans: Will They Work for You?

Today’s news seems full of stories about celebrities quickly shedding excess weight by implementing quick and easy diet plans. But what are these popular fad diets, and perhaps more importantly, are they safe and do they work? In this article, we examine a few popular celebrity weight loss plans and report on their safety and effectiveness in helping you with long-term weight loss.

Chrissy Metz Weight Loss Plan

Actress Chrissy Metz is well known for dropping 100 pounds in under five months by reportedly integrating weight loss strategies such as:1

  • A low-calorie diet 
  • Mindful eating
  • Regular physical activity
  • Nutritionist and personal trainer consultations

Chrissy Metz weight loss, lifestyle changes

The Chrissy Metz weight loss plan reportedly involved adhering to a reduced-calorie diet, walking 20 minutes per day, and following mindful eating practices to lose weight.

Metz’s eating plan

Eating whole foods, reducing caloric intake, and eating less highly processed foods were reportedly the keys to Chrissy’s balanced diet. Metz has also discussed the importance of listening to one’s body and employing a mindful eating strategy.1

Metz’s mindful eating practice

Metz’s weight loss journey encompassed more than just diet and exercise. Metz’s diet was also reported to involve changing her mind about food through mindful eating. Metz embraced principles such as self-acceptance and mindful eating to help offset what she describes as “criticism and cultural pressure about her weight.1 

Mindful eating is aimed at changing eating behaviors by staying in the present moment when eating, savoring the taste of the food, and focusing on awareness of the food’s sensation rather than on calories, fat, or carbohydrates. 

A person holding a bowl of healthy food

Calorie-Restricted Diet Studies

Studies show that following a healthy eating plan is one of the most effective weight loss strategies.2

Although studies indicate that there is no single best weight loss strategy that works for everyone, there are some general diet-related factors that influence weight loss for most people, including:2

  • The type of food you eat, whether more whole foods or highly processed
  • The amount of food (often measured in kilo-calories) eaten
  • The timing of food eaten (e.g., intermittent fasting)

A 2021 study published in the Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome reported, “Reducing daily calorie intake is the most important factor for weight loss.” 2  

LCD diet studies

The low-calorie diet (LCD) is comprised of around 1,000–1,600 calories per day. Medical guidelines for obesity treatment often involve an LCD that includes eating less fat or carbohydrates.2 But one significant study, called the “DIETFITS,” discovered that there were no major weight loss differences between low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets.4 

Woman holding a plate of salad

An LCD often involves meal replacements, along with lower-calorie food choices. For those who want to lose weight safely and keep it off, an LCD diet is considered a better choice than a VLDC (a very low-calorie diet).2 

Despite the clinical research data, low-calorie diets don’t work for everyone. For example, you may be one of many people unwilling to give up certain food choices, making it challenging to follow an LCD diet. Therefore, you may be searching for a safe and effective alternative to calorie-restricted eating plans. Read on to learn more about alternative options.

Rapid weight loss diet studies 

The very low-calorie diet (VLCD) includes consuming fewer than 800 calories daily and may result in 3 to 5 pounds of weight loss per week.3 But eating this type of limited-calorie diet may not be safe for everyone. Therefore, it’s important to consult a healthcare provider before starting the VLCD diet to prevent serious nutritional deficiency side effects, such as:5

A woman running on a treadmill in her home
  • Dehydration
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Irregular heart rate or rhythm
  • Low blood sugar
  • Significant loss of lean body mass (e.g., bone and muscle) 
  • Gallstones
  • Other severe health problems 

A person who loses weight rapidly is much more likely to regain it over time than someone who loses weight slowly and gradually through healthy diet changes and increased exercise.3

Mindful Eating Study

A review of 68 mindful eating studies reported that the behavioral outcomes of mindful eating included 6

  • Slowing down the eating pace
  • Recognizing feelings of fullness 
  • Having better control over eating 

Walking and Weight Loss Study

Because today’s sedentary work environmentslike working at a desk all dayare common, many people find it challenging to get enough exercise on a regular basis. But, studies show that physically active individuals burn more calories than those with sedentary lifestyles.7 

Walking a mile reportedly burns approximately 100 calories on average. One study found that although running burned more calories than walking, both types of exercise burned a significant number of calories.7

A person walking down a path lined with trees

Chrissy Metz Weight Loss Pros and Cons 

Advantages and disadvantages of the Chrissy Metz weight loss plan include:

Pros

  • A moderately low-calorie diet has been found to be effective for safe, long-term weight loss.
  • The practice of mindful eating has been shown to be a safe and effective lifestyle change for losing weight.
  • Walking is free and accessible any time of day
  • Walking is a low-risk exercise activity. 
  • Walking can be as effective as running for weight loss.

Cons

  • A low-calorie diet often takes more time to see results than other methods of weight management.
  • A very low-calorie diet may not be safe for some people.
  • Working with a nutritionist isn’t feasible for many people because of the cost involved.
  • Working with a personal trainer requires time and money, which some people do not have.
  • Walking can be perceived as boring by some people
  • A regular walking routine may be ineffective for weight loss without an effective diet plan.

Mindy Kaling Weight Loss Plan 

Actress, screenwriter, and producer Mindy Kaling told US Weekly that she lost 30 pounds in just two months by reducing the size of her food portions. Kaling explained that she reduced her normal portions by half her usual amount of food and said no to dessert.8 

A woman eating lunch but declining to eat a donut

Portion Control and Weight Loss Study

A 2021 study found that portion control resulted in weight loss and significantly lowered BMI (mass body index). 9  

BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI of 

18.5 to 24.9 is considered a healthy weight range, a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and a BMI of 30.0 or higher is in the obese range.

Mindy Kaling Weight Loss Pros and Cons 

Pros 

  • Portion control offers a simple method of tracking food intake (compared to counting calories).
  • Portion control doesn’t restrict vital nutrients, unlike diets that prohibit eating carbohydrates or fats.
  • Portion control results in calorie reduction, which, when supervised by a healthcare provider, is an effective weight loss method.
A woman holding up a card that says "Portion Control"

Cons

  • Reducing portions by 50% can result in a nutritional deficit, low energy (e.g., fatigue) and other health-related problems
  • Restricting the amount of food eaten at each meal may result in hunger and frustration.
  • Reducing portions may cause ongoing frustration that could lead to a lack of motivation to continue the diet plan. 

Ethan Suplee Weight Loss

Actor Ethan Supplee, well known for the character Randy Hickey portrayed on “My Name Is Earl,” told TODAY, that he lost nearly 300 lbs by following a diet that includes limiting fatty foods and starchy carbohydrates (e.g., rice and potatoes) and eating more high protein foods.10

Suplee’s eating plan

Suplee was unsuccessful at many restrictive diets, including the Keto and Atkins diets and the anti-inflammatory diet. After realizing the problem with his weight wasn’t simply how much he was eating, but rather his relationship with food, he changed his attitude about food and began:10 

  • Monitoring food portions
  • Choosing less calorie-dense foods (e.g., leafy greens)
  • Replacing binge eating with filling up on healthier foods
  • Considering what he was eating as food choices rather than calories 
Salad on a plate

Moderate Carbohydrate, High Protein Diet Study

Study findings from a 2019 clinical trial found that a higher protein-to-carbohydrate ratio in the diet helps to regulate the appetite. After 34 months, the diet reduced the perception of hunger in study participants with obesity.11

Ethan Suplee Weight Loss Pros and Cons 

Pros

  • It’s been proven effective in reducing appetite
  • It’s safer than restricting various nutrients (e.g., carb-free or fat-free diets) 
  • It’s an easier diet to maintain than a crash diet (very-low restricted calorie diet)

Cons

  • It’s a long-term diet; people may not lose weight as quickly as they would like.
  • It may not work for some people (e.g., menopausal women, older adults, and people who cannot eat high-protein diets (e.g., people with kidney disease).
  • It may be challenging to get enough healthy sources of protein (animal protein sources, such as beef, pork, and whole dairy products, may contribute to high cholesterol and coronary artery disease).
Woman working out at home

Conclusion to Celebrity Weight Loss Plans

It’s important to note that to achieve and maintain a safe and successful weight loss, you should talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider. Successful weight management plans depend on many factors, including your preferences and lifestyle choices.

Invigor Medical is a national wellness clinic that offers safe, effective weight loss methods via telehealth medicine. Our clinicians specialize in issues related to sexual health, longevity, and weight management for men and women.

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Disclaimer
While we strive to always provide accurate, current, and safe advice in all of our articles and guides, it’s important to stress that they are no substitute for medical advice from a doctor or healthcare provider. You should always consult a practicing professional who can diagnose your specific case. The content we’ve included in this guide is merely meant to be informational and does not constitute medical advice.

References

  • Miller, K., and Nied, J. Women’s Health (2024). https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/g19851351/chrissy-metz-weight-loss/
  • Kim JY. Optimal diet strategies for weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Journal of Obesity & Metabolic Syndrome. 2021;30(1):20-31. doi: 10.7570/jomes20065. https://doi.org/10.7570/jomes20065
  • National Library of Medicine. Medline Plus. (2022) Diet for rapid weight loss. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000885.htm#:~:text=Very%20Low%2DCalorie%20Diet%20(VLCD)&text=On%20a%20VLCD%2C%20you%20may,nutrients%20you%20need%20each%20day
  • Stanton MV, Robinson JL, Kirkpatrick SM, et al. DIETFITS study (Diet intervention examining the factors interacting with treatment success) – Study design and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2017;53:151-161.doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.021. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28027950/
  • Jacques,J., ND, FTOS.Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). The Risks of the Crash Diet. https://www.obesityaction.org/resources/the-risks-of-the-crash-diet/#:~:text=Up%20to%2025%20percent%20of,with%20very%20rapid%20weight%2Dloss
  • Nelson JB. Mindful eating: the art of presence while you eat. Diabetes Spectrum. 2017;30(3):171-174. doi: 10.2337/ds17-0015. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5556586/
  • Wilkin LD, Cheryl A, Haddock BL. Energy expenditure comparison between walking and running in average fitness individuals. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2012;26(4):1039-1044. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31822e592c. https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0b013e31822e592c
  • Hearon, S. US Weekly. (2023) Mindy Kaling’s Body Evolution and Quotes About Diet Through the Years. https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/pictures/mindy-kalings-body-evolution-diet-through-the-years/
  • Ranil Jayawardena, Hasinthi Swarnamali, Priyanga Ranasinghe, Andrew P. Hills, Impact of portion-control plates (PCP) on weight reduction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of intervention studies, Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 106-113, ISSN 1871-403X. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orcp.2021.01.008.
  • Abrahamson, R.P. TODAY. (2021). https://www.today.com/health/ethan-suplee-weight-loss-actor-went-550-255-pounds-t206343
  • Tischmann L, Drummen M, Gatta-Cherifi B, et al. Effects of a high-protein/moderate-carbohydrate diet on appetite, gut peptides, and endocannabinoids—a preview study. Nutrients. 2019;11(10):2269. doi:10.3390/nu11102269. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11102269

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