Beyoncé’s vegan challenge is just the beginning. From Madonna’s macrobiotic diet to Marilyn’s weird indulgence, check out some of the wildest eating styles of Hollywood starlets past and present.
Infamous Hollywood Diets
From her pepperoni-pizza pantsuit to her cow print leather top, if you’ve learned anything about Beyoncé lately—aside from the fact that the woman really can wear anything—it’s that she and Jay-Z are on a vegan adventure. The power couple recently embarked on a 22-day plant-based challenge, complete with mouthwatering Instagram pics hashtagged #22daysvegan. But Queen B and her Brooklyn beau aren’t the first to experiment with dieting. Take a look back at some memorable celebrity diets through the years.
While Sasha Fierce has recently devoted herself, and her social media, to a vegan lifestyle, Beyoncé is also famous for completing the Master Cleanse, an all-liquid diet of cayenne lemon water, to prepare for her role in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. During that time, Beyoncé allowed herself a cheat day to indulge in pizza and wine.
Eggnog for breakfast? Miss Marilyn Monroe herself would start her day with two raw eggs whipped in warm milk. Opting to skip lunch, the pop culture icon would then consume broiled liver, steak, or lamb and five carrots for dinner, finished with a decadent hot-fudge sundae dessert.
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She may be the most beautiful woman in the world, but boy did she eat some crazy concoctions. Elizabeth Taylor turned to her own, let’s say, unique recipes to shed some pounds, like cottage cheese with sour cream over fruit, a peanut butter–smothered steak sandwich, and a “controlled pig-out,” where she once ate a whole pizza and hot-fudge sundae.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar followed an extreme seven-day plan restricting most foods except cabbage soup. For this bland, low-calorie quick fix, Gellar ate the original cabbage soup recipe and alternatively added vegetables, fruit, milk and yogurt, incorporating lean meat and brown rice by the end of the week.
Kate Middleton took a cue from the French and slimmed down for the Royal Wedding with The Dukan Diet. After an initial kick start of straight protein and vegetables, the regimen is broken into three phases that get less strict week by week, with variations depending on how many pounds you’re trying to shed.
Did Lady Gaga purée her pounds away? The singer is rumored to have tried Tracy Anderson’s baby food diet, a plan that replaces your first two meals of the day with Gerber’s baby food, followed by a health-conscious dinner. While she has yet to fess up, other celebs have also been linked to the diet, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
No one can do it like Madonna. But really, we’re not sure if anyone can. Madonna has followed the extremely strict and rigorous macrobiotic diet, which eliminates all wheat, eggs, meats and dairy. What’s left? The diet encourages the consumption of “sea vegetables.” Being a Material Girl really does come at a price.
As the story goes, after being diagnosed with food allergies Gwyneth Paltrow has since committed herself to all things “good,” ultimately eliminating bread, red meat, cow’s milk, eggplants, even tomatoes from her diet. She starts her mornings off with a green juice and maintains a gluten-free, mildly vegan diet throughout the day.
In order to flush out water weight and cleanse her system, Megan Fox throws back shots of apple cider vinegar. Yum, right? Moreover, the actress has also been known to practice a program based on the book The 5-Factor Diet by Harley Pasternak, which consists of making five-ingredient meals in less than five minutes.
Posh Spice just may be the perfect pH. Victoria Beckham raves about the alkaline diet, a meal plan aimed at keeping your body’s pH between 7.35 and 7.45. Essentially, to be alkaline-friendly you follow an 80/20 rule of more vegetables and less grains and proteins, though to truly know your pH balance you must complete a urine test.