How Celebrities Prepare for Awards Shows like the Oscars

With the Oscars just a few days away, Hollywood’s hottest celebrities are busy preparing for the big day—and like any star-studded event, the prep involves lots of dieting (no surprise there). So how exactly do celebrities prepare themselves for the big day?

Some turn to personal trainers and private chefs (or if they’ve already been using those types of professionals, they book extra sessions with them)—like British naturopath Lisa Jeans. She holds a raw food bootcamp based in Spain and boasts that her regimen can improve your skin and complexion while increasing your energy. Instead of counting calories, the raw food diet encourages eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables (juicing is a huge component of the raw food diet). According to Jeans, eating vegetables raw helps preserve their enzyme content.

To keep blood sugar level, proponents of the raw food diet drink plenty of vegetable juice throughout the day, as well as wheatgrass juice, and some take chlorella or algae supplements. While the proponents of this type of diet believe everything you eat should be raw, some recommend that only about 70% of your plate should be raw—and you can add legumes like quinoa or brown rice, as well as healthy hummus, to substantiate your diet.

Looking perfect for awards season is definitely not simple. Celebrity blogger Sally Holmes tried to follow a typical celebrity diet during the awards season last year and wrote about her experience for The Cut. She tried a juicing diet to lose weight and feel energized. But it didn’t exactly work as planned. She said that she didn’t feel like she had more energy than usual, and didn’t enjoy the taste of the juices. As well, she suffered from many negative side effects after transitioning off the juicing diet back to her regular diet, including lots of bowel discomfort.

She also tried working out like a celebrity and went to piloxing classes (a combination of pilates and boxing) which supposedly burns about 900 calories in one hour (so you can just imagine how grueling it is). Then, she also tried the piloxing studio’s celebrity diet (where you eat 1,200 calories a day for the first two weeks and about 1,500 for the remaining six weeks). While the juicing didn’t help her feel healthier, she said the celebrity diet and exercises class definitely did and she noticed she looked more muscular by the end of it—we’d hope so after burning 900 calories an hour, three times a week.

But are the celebrity diets and extreme workouts worth it? The goal of awards season may be to look perfect, but what would be more effective is trying to work on being healthy all year-round. After all, an extreme celebrity diet may help you look thin now, but what effect will it have on your body in the long term?

Would you try an extreme celebrity diet to get ready for a special event?

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