Debating diets is one of my favorite pastimes. Well, I don’t know if “favorite” is the right word. But I do it a lot. We nutrition hobbyists like to fancy ourselves experts in healthy digestion and glowing skin. Often I’m convinced I have all the answers.
But every time I encounter a Hollywood celeb, I want to throw everything I thought I knew out the window and find out exactly what she is eating. There’s no debate when proof that a diet works is sitting right in front of you in a Prada dress.
Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Jasmine Tookes have shared their sage diet wisdom with us Byrdie editors over the years, and we’ve put together our favorite tidbits here. Want to know the top 10 diet tips that keep celebrities looking and feeling their best? Check them out below!
Make Minor Diet Swaps
“I try to opt out of coffee and drink green tea instead… When I’m craving something sweet, I’ll have my pineapple chips… I think it’s just finding a balance and not cutting anything out. I hate that; I hardly ever diet. I think it is just about making smart choices.” — Shay Mitchell
If It's Green, Eat It
“I really gravitate toward a vegan lifestyle; it’s just what I crave more than anything… I find that when I’m eating a lot more dairy than I probably should be, I notice it a lot in my body. I notice that I’m a lot more tired. But if I am sticking to my greens and the things that I know really fuel and power me, then I have a lot more energy.” — Lea Michele
Find a Diet Guru You Trust
“I follow Harley Pasternak… He really works for me because he’s just very sensible. He talks about incorporating protein and the right fibers into your diet. Before Harley, I thought I couldn’t eat carbs, but he’s like, ‘No, you just have to have whole grains full of fiber, and that will leave you satiated.’ So I just love his eating program because it’s very sustainable.” — Jordana Brewster
Remember, Sugar Is Not Your Friend
“One thing I cut out [of my diet] is sugar—just because of what it does to the skin. I do it to make sure I don’t have any breakouts.” — Jasmine Tookes
[Ed. note: Try swapping sugar for Lakanto, an amazing monk fruit-derived sweetener.]
When in Doubt, Chug Water
“I drink water like a champion. The little things I do to nurture my health make the biggest impact.” — Erin Heatherton
If It Comes in a Packet, It's Not Real Food
“Always try to have as many fresh and natural things in your diet as possible and the least amount of processed things and things that have unnatural sugars.” — Jessica Alba
Dairy Should Be the First to Go
“[Giving up dairy] is great for your skin. You’re not really supposed to have it after you’re a year old. Dairy is the easiest [food group] to replace. There are so many milk options and cheese [alternatives].” — Kourtney Kardashian
A French Fry Won't Kill You
“I make my shakes and have my spirulina and omegas and my superfoods, and I also really like french fries and martinis. There is always a balance that I’m working with, but I really do believe in not depriving yourself of anything.” — Gwyneth Paltrow
Convenient Food Doesn't Have to Be Unhealthy
“[I use] this organic food delivery service, [Paleta]. That’s actually where I get all my meals from. It’s local and organic, and it’s really wonderful because they make food for all of my family. It makes it so much easier for me.” — Jaime King
No Caffeine, No Booze
“[Jennifer’s diet] is all organic, and it’s all very well-thought-out, with the balance of very high-quality proteins and a lot of nutrient-dense food. Everything is fresh. There’s nothing processed… [Never any] coffee or alcohol.” — Tracy Anderson, trainer to Jennifer Lopez
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