Monday, November 16, 2009

Diet Tips from Liz Hurley

(Daily Mail Summary)

There's no doubt that Liz Hurley, actress, mother and the face of Estée Lauder for the past 14 years, looks absolutely amazing for her age. She's got a figure that women half her age would kill for (she's 44!) so, naturally, you'd think she's got some kind of diet tricks up her sleeve, and you'd be right indeed.

In what could only be considered 'extreme' measures to stay slim and trim, Liz has cut out wine and coffee from her diet, and only eats one meal per day. She doesn't miss the wine though, because she's switched to vodka sodas. Oh yeah, and and did I mention she has a strange love affair with beef jerky? Yeah, she even has her own line of it.

Now, I don't know about you, but this so-called diet raises a lot of red flags from a nutritional perspective and is definitely NOT recommended for anyone. First off, why switch from wine, which has many health benefits and is full of antioxidants, for vodka, with no known health benefits? In addition, 1.5 oz of vodka has about the same number of calories as a regular glass of wine anyways! Secondly, numerous studies have highlighted the health benefits of coffee, and caffeine in general, in terms of assisting in weight loss, speeding up metabolism and enhancing athletic performance. Liz says she heard it causes bloating...Sure, too much of anything - including wine or coffee - is certainly not recommended, but in moderation, there are health

Next on the agenda - only one meal a day? Come on, Liz! It's been shown in many studies that consuming smaller meals more frequently throughout the day (grazing) actually boosts one's metabolism and assists in weight loss and weight management. One meal per day can actually stall your metabolism and cause your body to go into a 'fasting' mode whereby the body preferentially stores energy as glycogen and fat. And don't even get me started on the beef jerky thing...

Liz, you look fantastic, but
please consult an expert next time before you start blacklisting foods from your diet and take extreme measures to lose weight. The same goes for all of you!

From the Daily Mail's article "Liz Hurley gives up wine and starts on the vodka to stay in shape" (Nov. 12, 2009).