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The Best and Worst Celebrity Diet Spokespeople Slideshow

The Best and Worst Celebrity Diet Spokespeople Slideshow

Charles Barkley — Best

Former NBA star and current ESPN commentator Charles Barkley paired up with Weight Watchers recently after gaining more than 100 pounds since retiring in 2000. He's successfully losing weight, about 1-2 pounds a week, as promised on the Weight Watchers web site. With a funny and unfiltered sense of humor, he makes a great spokesperson, especially because it's actually working.

Jennifer Hudson — Best

One of the more shocking moments of 2011 was seeing the new and improved body of Jennifer Hudson as she proudly became a new sponsor for, you guessed it, Weight Watchers. Promoting their new PointsPlus system, she lost more than 80 pounds and has, to-date, kept it off and continues to look stunning.

Dan Marino — Best

With a similar story to Charles Barkley, former NFL quarterback Dan Marino also put on the pounds after retiring. He lost 22 pounds on Nutrisystem and continues to stay on the program to maintain his weight. Another former NFL quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, has followed Marino's lead and recently become both a sponsor of the program and a current success story.

Mariah Carey — Best

This baby mama won't be belting it out with a belly any more. After the birth of her twins in early 2011, Mariah Carey paired up with Jenny Craig to lose her excess baby weight. After losing 30 pounds, we'd say she's a success story.

Marie Osmond — Best

Having struggled with her weight since childhood, Marie Osmond was looking to make a big change in her life and become healthier. After starting Nutrisystem (and appearing on Dancing with the Stars), she lost 50 pounds. Based on the late-night infomercials, it looks like she's kept it off, too.

Kirstie Alley — Best

The star of Look Who's Talking has gone through some dark times and there are some rather unfortunate-looking photos of her on the web. But, damn! She looks good. How'd she do it? Supposedly by using the first USDA-approved organic weight-loss product called Organic Liaison. If other weight loss products and diets failed her before, then maybe this is one that will stick.

Holly Madison — Worst

Holly Madison, former girlfriend of Playboy legend Hugh Hefner, was getting some heat about her minor weight gain (ah, the press). No longer wanting to be the victim of hurtful words, she decided to "trade those jeans in for a smaller size." The NV diet program did the trick and she’s proudly showing off her hot bod in new commercials. You could call her minor weight loss a success story, but was she ever really that overweight?

Janet Jackson — Best

We all saw the photos of Janet back in 2006 when she weighed in around 180 pounds (she is supposedly 5'4"), but now she is looking fit and slim after becoming the spokesperson for Nutrisystem in 2011. It looks like her yo-yo dieting days are over.

Carnie Wilson — Worst

Life was looking grim for Carnie Wilson after she was released from her contract with The Fresh Diet in 2010 after only nine months because she failed to stick to the plan. Then, news of her financial demise made headlines. Luckily for her, The Fresh Diet offered to provide her (and her family) with their meal delivery service free of charge in light of what she was going through. We wonder if this time the diet will actually work…

Note to self: When promoting a healthy diet brand, don’t get caught eating cheesecake…

Snooki — Best (So Far)

This petite "meatball" decided she needed to shed a few pounds of drinking weight in 2010, so what diet did she choose? The Cookie Diet — because clearly that’s the right choice. Apparently, you eat overpriced cookies as "meal replacements," which should help you lose weight. Hmmm, and we wonder why it didn’t work for poor Snooks.

But recently Snooki has appeared in Twitter photos and new Zantrex-3 commercials showing off her slimmed down body. Maybe this will be the diet for Snooki? (Can we still call her a meatball?)

Whoopi Goldberg — Worst

Funny woman Whoopi Goldberg has jumped from one diet endorsement to another over the years, first starting with Slim-Fast in 2003. Sadly, that partnership ended in 2004 after a few sexually explicit remarks she made didn't jive with the Slim-Fast style. But she didn't let that keep her down. Pairing up with LA Weight Loss helped Whoopi drop 50 pounds in 2007 (though she admitted to gaining a few back since then). But it seems after joining The View, she's kept a low profile and isn't taking any more sponsoring gigs — just trying out diets on her own. (Probably a safer bet, but not as profitable.)

The 39 Most Talked About Oscars Dresses of All Time

Who could ever forget Taraji P. Henson's red carpet look?

The 92nd Academy Awards will recognize the best of the best on Sunday, February 9, 2020. While we can&rsquot wait to see which actors head to the stage to accept a coveted golden statuette this year, we'll also be looking forward to seeing all of Hollywood's biggest stars walk the red carpet before heading into the Dolby Theatre.

With nearly a century's worth of Oscars history to look back on, we're taking this opportunity to reminisce on the most memorable outfits through the years &mdash especially the ones that have inspired extreme reactions, both good and bad. From Cher's signature sequins to Anne Hathaway's distractingly-darted dress, the Academy Awards have seen no shortage of controversial red carpet fashion choices.

The best and worst diets of 2019, according to nutrition experts

2 of 33 Want to slim down? Here are some of the best — and worst — of 41 popular diets out there, according to a panel of nutrition experts gathered by U.S. News. IMAGEMORE Co, Ltd. /Getty Images Show More Show Less

5 of 33 WORST: No. 33 (tie) Paleo Diet

25 of 33 WORST: No. 41 Dukan Diet

26 of 33 GOOD: No. 15 Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

32 of 33 WORST: No. 33 (tie) Fast Diet

For many people, the new year brings new resolve to get into shape.

The average weight for a American male over 20 is 195.7 pounds. The average waist circumference is a belt-busting 40 inches. On average, an American female weighs in at 168.5 pounds and sports a belly 38.1 inches around.

One way to lose weight is watching what you're eating and monitoring how much of it you consume every day. To that end, there are dozens of diets that promise results. But which diets are good for your health? Which are likely to help you keep the weight off? And which seem destined to for the dustbin of failed food fads?

U.S. News gathered a panel of health experts to evaluate and rank 41 popular diets based on safety, nutrition, weight-loss effectiveness, heart disease and diabetes protection, and how easy it is to follow each plan.

The 10 best diets &mdash along with several that weren't rated so well &mdash are included in the above slideshow.

If you wish to try one of the favorably reviewed diets, be prepared to eat lots of vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes. Nearly all recommend an eating plan that relies heavily on produce and other heart-healthy foods.

5: 2 or the 800 calorie diets

What are they?

The 5:2 diet is based on a principle known as intermittent fasting (IF) where you eat normally for five days a week and then fast on the other two days.

The 800 calorie diet is similar, but you choose how many days a week you stick to 800 calories a day.

What does the BDA think?

"This is a simple way to reduce calorie intake. There are lots of versions of this diet, with some less safe than others. If you choose to follow it, choose an evidence-based plan based on healthy, balanced eating and written by a dietitian, such as the "2-Day Diet".

"It’s vital for your health to avoid nutritional deficiencies, dehydration and overeating on non-fast days. Never attempt to delay or skip meals if you are pregnant, have had, or are prone to, eating disorders or diabetes."

What are the pros?

Sticking to these regimes for just a couple of days a week is more than achievable than seven days, so you are more likely to persevere with this way of eating and successfully lose weight.

The non-restricted days aren&apost a green light for unlimited feasting - there&aposs a temptation to gorge on these days and undo all your good work.

Reducing calories drastically could make you feel dizzy, irritable and induce headaches.

Katie Price &ndash Nutritional Supplements

Celeb Link: Katie Price, the clue is in the name!

What is it? The range includes hydration, breakfast and meal replacement products. According to the website, Katie Price&rsquos Meal Replacement is a &ldquogreat tasting, low fat, meal replacement shake, containing essential nutrients and only 185 calories&rdquo. It also makes unsupported claims to support muscle tone and maintenance with &lsquoessential&rsquo ingredients including L-Carnitine and Green Tea. It seems to include the ingredient &lsquoSatiereal&rsquo based on saffron which they claim will decrease snacking, cravings and promote weight loss and positive mood.

Our Verdict: You need to like the meal replacement products to stay with the plan. Rapid weight loss can be motivating, but it is unsustainable. Appetite suppressors are not a healthy, advisable or sustainable way of losing weight either. Interestingly the website admits that their claims have not been evaluated by the appropriate authorities.

BDA Spokesperson and registered dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine &ldquoSelling supplements, especially protein supplements, is an easy way to make money! Whey protein is a fairly cheap ingredient that companies can make a lot of profit on when sold in fancy packaging.

&ldquoAlthough useful in the right scenarios, protein supplements are often mis-sold as the only answer to weight loss, with misleading claims attached to them.&rdquo

Bottom Line: Price-y! She may have business talent but no nutrition qualifications. Meal replacement products work by restricting calories, whoever&rsquos name is on them and they do not need to be part of a healthy balanced weight loss plan.

Top 8 Foods & Drinks for a Healthy Liver

1. Spinach

Spinach belongs to the group of nutrient powerhouses known as leafy greens. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, and folate, as well as the mineral manganese. But it’s also one of the richest sources of the antioxidant glutathione.

Glutathione is a molecular substance found in every cell in your body. It’s produced naturally by the liver and can protect your liver cells against damage caused by free radicals (also known as oxidative stress).

It also supports liver detoxification.

Low levels of glutathione can worsen cell damage and death, leading to both alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Fatty liver disease occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver. It can result from drinking too much alcohol or eating an unhealthy diet.

Research shows the molecule can significantly improve blood levels of bilirubin and enzymes in people with fatty liver disease.

Eating spinach regularly could help your liver fight against the disease.

How to Include Spinach in Your Diet

Raw or cooked, spinach is extremely versatile. It can be incorporated into any meal of the day.

  • Breakfast: Whip up a tasty egg-white omelet with spinach and swiss cheese.
  • Lunch: Toss a fresh spring salad with spinach, strawberry, feta, and walnuts.
  • Dinner: Sauté baby spinach leaves in olive oil with garlic and onion.

2. Oats

A bowl of steel-cut oats is just the high-fiber breakfast your liver needs to function at its best.

Fiber is the non-digestible carbohydrate found in plant foods, including whole-grain oats. By slowing digestion, it can help manage your blood levels of glucose and cholesterol—two substances the liver manufactures and stores.

Certain fibers can feed the healthy bacteria in your gut as well. One such fiber abundant in oats is called beta-glucan, and studies suggest it also has special benefits for your liver.

One 2016 study review published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences revealed beta-glucans can reduce fat stores in the livers of mice. This action may especially benefit those with fatty liver disease.

Another animal study found that a high-fiber diet can reverse the negative effects of fatty liver on liver cell death and liver regeneration.

How to Include Oats in Your Diet

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring. Dress it up with healthy toppings like:

You can also work a handful of oats into your Greek yogurt, smoothies, breakfast bars, and baked bread recipes.

Just remember to choose steel-cut or rolled oats. They’re the least processed, which means they’re more likely to retain the whole grain, and thus, loads of fiber.

3. Coffee

Your three-cups-a-day coffee habit may actually be good for your body—and particularly, your liver.

To start with, the energizing drink contains many valuable nutrients and antioxidants.

One cup (eight ounces) of joe offers 11% of the recommended daily value (DV) of riboflavin and six percent DV of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). It also supplies three percent of your daily potassium and manganese needs.

What’s more, research has shown that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of chronic diseases like liver disease.

Several studies show that chronic liver disease patients who regularly drink coffee have a lower risk of cirrhosis (scarring) and lower rates of liver cancer.

A 2016 review looked at the effects of coffee intake on the development and progression of liver disease due to various causes. Researchers concluded that consuming more than two cups of coffee per day “protects against progression of almost all forms of liver disease.”

This included liver diseases such as:

  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Liver fibrosis/cirrhosis
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma

So, you need not give up coffee entirely. It may be keeping your liver healthy.

How to Include Coffee in Your Diet

Coffee, here, doesn’t mean a sugar bomb loaded with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Black coffee offers the most health benefits.

If you can’t do without some sweetness, try adding a natural sweetener such as stevia or erythritol.

Be careful not to drink too much coffee, however. More than four cups of coffee a day may lead to unpleasant side effects like insomnia, agitation, headaches, and ringing in the ears.

4. Nuts

Nuts of all types make for one of the healthiest snacks around. They’re largely packed with:

  • Essential nutrients (vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus)
  • Beneficial fatty acids (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats)
  • Powerful antioxidants (vitamin E, phenolic acids, ellagic acid, and flavonoids)
  • Fiber

These substances contribute to a variety of health benefits for your cardiovascular and digestive systems. And observational studies indicate your liver is included!

In one six-month study, 106 patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease saw their liver enzyme levels improve with nut consumption. High liver enzyme levels are a common sign of liver damage. Walnuts appeared to offer the greatest benefit in this area.

Another study from Korea showed that a low intake of nuts was associated with a much higher risk of developing NAFLD among male subjects.

Researchers believe nuts may help the liver by improving blood cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation.

More research is needed to confirm these effects, but early results are promising.

How to Include Nuts in Your Diet

Walnuts, almonds, and the like are great on their own, but they can also add crunchy texture and flavor to numerous dishes.

  • Nut-crusted salmon: Coat your salmon with chopped walnuts instead of breadcrumbs.
  • Cashew chicken: Add roasted cashews to a saucy, Asian-inspired chicken stir-fry, and serve over brown rice.
  • Broccoli and almond soup: Puree almonds and milk with sautéed broccoli, garlic, and onion to make a delicious soup. Top with slivered almonds for garnish.

5. Berries

Colorful and juicy, berries are known for their low carb content and impressive antioxidant profile. They may protect against the oxidative stress linked to cancer development in the liver and elsewhere.

An in vitro study published in 2017 reported that the antioxidants in blueberry extracts blocked the growth of human liver cancer cells.

Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries get their dark, rich hues from plant compounds known as anthocyanins. The well-studied phytopigments have exhibited anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer activity.

Research in animals has revealed their liver-protective effects.

A 2010 study found that blueberry extract could protect liver cells from damage by activating antioxidant genes. Blueberry also enhanced cellular immune response.

Another 2010 study, published in Archives of Pharmacal Research, focused on the action of proanthocyanidins, bitter compounds found in fruits like berries. Scientists discovered they blocked scar tissue development (fibrosis) in the livers of rats.

How to Include Berries in Your Diet

The possibilities are endless! Berries are the perfect addition to granola, fruit salads, whole-grain muffins, crumbles, and homemade sorbets.

Or you can simply enjoy them alone, as a light snack or dessert.

6. Grapes

Grapes are another liver-healthy, antioxidant-rich fruit. The juice and seeds of grapes are particularly high in flavonoids like catechins, epicatechins, anthocyanidins, proanthocyanidins, and resveratrol.

In multiple rodent studies, grape juice has been shown to increase antioxidant activity in the liver.

Organic purple grape juice was quite effective at reducing lipid and protein oxidation in rat livers in one 2008 study. The rats had been given ethanol to induce alcoholic liver damage. Results suggested that the anthocyanin and resveratrol content was at least partly responsible for the protective effects.

Also, a 2012 study found that grape seeds improved elevated liver enzyme levels, a marker of free radical damage, in rats.

The findings of one human study were equally encouraging.

In the double-blind, controlled study of 30 adults with NAFLD, taking grape seed extract for three months significantly improved patients’ degree of fatty buildup. It also decreased their levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), an enzyme released into the blood when the liver is damaged.

How to Include Grapes in Your Diet

Of course, you could simply eat seeded grapes or drink organic grape juice. But grapes can be just as flexible as the other foods on this list. They’re especially good in salads—chicken salad, pasta salad, green salads, etc.

Plus, roasted grapes can also add sweetness to bitter veggies like Brussels sprouts and asparagus.

7. Green Tea

Famed the world over for its array of bioactive compounds and their resulting health benefits, green tea may also benefit your liver.

Green tea, made from leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, consists mainly of powerful polyphenols called catechins. Research suggests they have fat-lowering effects.

NAFLD patients who drank high-catechin green tea daily for 12 weeks saw significant decreases in their body fat percentage and fatty liver disease severity in a 2013 study. Study authors attributed these effects to the catechins’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.

Other research published in The BMJ linked drinking 10 cups of green tea daily with improvements in liver blood test results.

Additionally, some early research has found that drinking green tea is associated with a lower risk of liver cancer in women.

It may be best to stick with traditional green tea versus supplemental extracts, however. Doctors have reported cases of liver injury due to green tea extract use.

Moreover, consuming green tea in excess can cause side effects such as:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Dehydration
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Irregular heartbeat

So, check with your doctor if increasing your green tea intake is a safe option for you.

How to Include Green Tea in Your Diet

If you’re new to green tea, consider adding a cup to your daily routine.

Health experts advise against drinking tea with meals since it can interfere with nutrient absorption. And drinking it before bed may keep you up all night.

Instead, have a cup early in the morning or between meals from midday to early evening.

8. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the highlights of the much-lauded Mediterranean diet. High in beneficial fatty acids and antioxidant phenols, the oil of pressed olives delivers plenty of research-backed benefits.

There may be a specific liver benefit for older people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. In a 2019 trial, a Mediterranean diet rich in extra-virgin olive oil was associated with a reduced prevalence of NAFLD among this group.

And 6.5 milliliters (roughly one teaspoon) of olive oil daily was linked with liver benefits in a study of 11 patients with NAFLD. After a year of treatment, the subjects saw:

  • Decreased liver fat buildup, as seen in ultrasound imaging
  • Lower liver enzyme and triglyceride levels in the blood
  • Increased blood levels of adiponectin

High adiponectin levels are thought to protect against fatty liver disease (both nonalcoholic and alcoholic).

How to Include Olive Oil in Your Diet

Olive oil is great not only for cooking, but also for dipping and drizzling.

Got a loaf of crusty Italian or French bread? Nothing beats an herbaceous olive oil dip.

A pan of roasted veggies? Incomplete without a drizzle of olive oil.

Extra-virgin olive oil is highest in antioxidants, so go for this type to keep your liver happy.

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Trista Sutter

Sutter is a fan of Revolution Abdominal Cuts supplements, which contain conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid found in safflower oil, red meat, and dairy products. Sutter, a star of The Bachelorette, took them while losing the 50 pounds she gained during her last pregnancy.

The skinny
Research suggests that CLA may help you lose body fat and increase lean body mass. But, at almost $70 a month, the supplements cost more than most gym memberships. In addition, they may lead to an increase in inflammation inside your body, studies show. "You&rsquore better off incorporating natural sources of CLA, like dairy and grass-fed beef, into your diet," says Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, Health&rsquos Senior Food and Nutrition Editor and author of Feed the Belly.

7. Decrease Sodium Intake

You'll probably be relieved to learn that Underwood doesn't have that unbelievably flat tummy 24/7. Instead, she uses a secret technique to slim down just before appearances and photo shoots. "If I'm looking to trim down, I'll definitely cut sodium. I feel like that's one thing that's really overlooked in a lot of people's diets," she told Glamour. "If you have something coming up this weekend that's really important, you'd be amazed how much flatter your stomach will be and how you can lean out by cutting sodium."

We've all heard that too much sodium causes bloating, but is that really true? It turns out that our bodies need small amounts of sodium every day for proper cell functioning, nutrient absorption and water retention. But, yes, too much sodium can cause you to retain extra water, resulting in temporary weight gain. To avoid bloating, keep your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (or one teaspoon of salt) a day.

You'll probably be relieved to learn that Underwood doesn't have that unbelievably flat tummy 24/7. Instead, she uses a secret technique to slim down just before appearances and photo shoots. "If I'm looking to trim down, I'll definitely cut sodium. I feel like that's one thing that's really overlooked in a lot of people's diets," she told Glamour. "If you have something coming up this weekend that's really important, you'd be amazed how much flatter your stomach will be and how you can lean out by cutting sodium."

We've all heard that too much sodium causes bloating, but is that really true? It turns out that our bodies need small amounts of sodium every day for proper cell functioning, nutrient absorption and water retention. But, yes, too much sodium can cause you to retain extra water, resulting in temporary weight gain. To avoid bloating, keep your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (or one teaspoon of salt) a day.

She Takes Breaks

Yates told Marie Claire that Sofia's workout schedule depends on her filming schedule. "Typically, if we have a good filming schedule where she has availability, we'll work out between 5-7 days, which is a lot. But she takes a lot of time off when she's busy." According to Yates, this rest time is important and actually allows your body to come back stronger. But, the good news is that if you've been building muscle, you're burning more calories even at rest, since your "resting metabolic rate" is much higher. To build muscle even more, try one of these Best Protein Powders for Muscle Building after your workout.