By Emily Feimster
Meeting the demands of Hollywood to look perfect can be quite tedious so stars will try anything to quickly get ready for movie roles, awards season, and photo shoots. It can involve over-exercising, drinking nasty concoctions, starvation, and in some cases surgery. What you end up with are some of the most bizarre quick fix diets.Howard Stern sidekick, Robin Quivers, has been quite vocal about how she shed 70 lbs after dozens of failed diets. She credits her success to the Master Cleanser fast - instead of food, followers chug a concoction of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. No thank-you!
"I've never felt this good about my body before," said Quivers who fasted for 21 consecutive days on three occasions. She was introduced to the idea by magician David Blaine, who raved about the Cleanser as a guest on Stern's show.
Rumor has it that Billy Bob Thornton jumped on the bandwagon but doctors warn of the method, claiming that extended fasting can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
The popular low carb, high protein diet is not as dramatic, but, taken to extreme, can still have negative side affects. It has created quite a following in Hollywood with stars including Geri Halliwell and Renee Zellweger
who have "supposedly" tried it.
It leads to rapid weight loss but according to the American Heart Association, these kinds of quick-fix regimes leave out vital vitamins and minerals, may be high in fat and can increase the risk of heart disease. Nor does it lead to sustained, long-term weight loss.
Matt Damon famously shed 45 pounds from his five-foot 11-inch frame to play a heroin-addicted soldier in "Courage Under Fire" - by running 10 miles a day and adhering to a strict diet of egg whites, chicken, vegetables and dry baked potatoes. He looked perfect for the role, but, as he has admitted, the regime induced an adrenal gland disorder that made him deathly ill.
Come Oscar time you can find many a celebrity starving themselves to fit into those glamorous gowns. Of course there are a plethora of smokers since cigarettes suppress the appetite. Well, so does crack but we don't recommend that either. Rehab gets expensive. Many go as far as using laxatives to get rid of excess waste. Um, gross. Rocker Dave Navarro takes it to the next level by going to a specialist for high colonics, which involves an invasive flushing out of wastes from his colon. He gave viewers a first hand look on his MTV reality show "Til' Death Do Us Part." Thanks Dave.
If all else fails then it's on to the plastic surgeons. Gastric bypass surgery was brought to light with Carnie Wilson undergoing the procedure and slimming down from 300 to 150 pounds. "Today" show host Al Roker followed suit and became the talk of the town.
"I really thought nobody would care and I would lose the weight and call it a day," said Roker. "I was wrong." Other people to have gone under the knife are Sharon Osbourne, Roseanne, and "Blues Traveler" lead singer John Popper. Don't go rushing off to the surgeon just yet. Enjoying food becomes a thing of the past since the size of the stomach is significantly reduced, not to mention that 5 out of every 1,000 patients die from the surgery.
Then there are those who push their body to its limit. In the late 1970s, a trainer-to-the-stars had clients jogging around Los Angeles wearing zip-up plastic suits in extreme heat conditions. Others have tried literally sweating off the pounds through the years - a very bad idea. Martin Lawrence was jogging in near triple digit temperatures in an effort to lose weight for a movie role when he collapsed with a temperature of 107 and was in a coma for three days. Coming out of this critical condition was considered to be a miracle by his doctors. Come on people! What ever happened to a well balanced diet and normal work out routines!
Of course looking like a celebrity can be quite appealing but if you ever get the urge to try one of these quick fixes, just remember that it can come at a very big price. It could cost you your life.