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Celebrity Diet Secret: The Mediterranean Diet

How do celebrities manage to stay so slim, especially after having babies?

The truth is that many celebrities hire personal trainers, nutritionists, and full-time nannies to help whip their bodies back into shape.  But lucky for us, there are diet tips that we can use at home. 

The best-kept secret is the Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, whole grains, cheese or yogurt and fish.  In addition to being heart healthy, the Mediterranean diet has also been shown to lessen the risk of cancer and depression, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cognitive problems associated with aging. 

Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley and Catherine Zeta-Jones all lost their post-baby bodies by following a diet that is low in carbohydrate-based foods (breads, pastas) and high in protein (fish, chicken, lean beef).

Celebrity mom Jennifer Garner says it took her a long time after having her daughter Violet, to get motivated.  “Then I got on the treadmill, stopped stuffing my face and lost the weight. I cut out croissants, bagels and muffins — all the good stuff. And went back to having a salad once a day and protein.”

David Kirsch, supermodel Heidi Klum’s trainer, says the best way to lose the bloat is to cut down on “starchy carbs” like dairy and fruit for two weeks.

Actress Isla Fisher lost the thirty pounds she had gained during her pregnancy by following a low-fat diet of vegetables and salmon and went to the gym for daily workouts.

There’s a good reason doctors love the Mediterranean diet.  According to Harvard University research, a Mediterranean diet is associated with a 25 percent reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer. And people lose more weight and feel more satisfied on this type of diet, which is rich in healthy fats, than on a traditional low-fat diet.

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