Celebrity Diet Archives | Dr. Stephen Gullo

Celebrity Diet Archives | Dr. Stephen Gullo

Broccoli Soup

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Serves 6

At only 24 calories a cup, this soup is a nutrient-rich, satisfying alternative to creamed soups.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 scallions, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, washed and separated into florets and stems
6 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Salt
Black pepper

1. Warm the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. (Don’t let the oil get so hot that it smokes.) Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, then add the garlic, marjoram, thyme, and nutmeg. Sauté 3 minutes. Add the celery and scallions and cook 5 minutes. Add the broccoli stems and the stock, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Add the broccoli florets and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend in a food processor or blender, adding the dill as it’s blending. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Stay On Track In Your Weight Loss Journey

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Your weight loss journey could be one of the most frustrating, most challenging personal journeys you’d take on in life. But you know you want it. You know the rewards waiting for you at the end will make everything worth it.

To help keep you motivated, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Stop Trying So Hard

Take it slow and easy. Don’t beat yourself up for your slips. Instead, look at them as reminders of the many challenging and rewarding steps you need to take. If you need to slow down, then do it. Just please don’t quit.

2. Stay Away From Super Skinny Models

Quit pinning photos of very skinny models. Research has found that doing so may actually hurt your progress. These images set unrealistic self-standards. Understand that you’re weight loss journey is your own personal journey. Be your own model.

3. Plan

A successful weight loss journey relies partly on how you plan it. I always encourage my clients to review their past food histories and from there build the necessary steps to take. This way past mistakes are not committed again.

4. Focus On The Now

Many of us wait until we achieve our ideal weight before we can finally say we’ve made it. What we fail to remember is that by just showing up today and deciding to move forward with your weight loss journey is already something to be proud of. So be proud of this moment, of this now.

5. Invite Healthy Into Your Life

Surround yourself with health. Ditch foods you are likely to abuse and instead replace them with healthier alternatives. Adjust your environment according to the lifestyle you want to lead.

Your weight loss journey can indeed become frustrating, but it’s also one of the most rewarding undertakings. So don’t give up. Trust in yourself. You’re doing great!

Source:
http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/22-ways-stay-motivated-lose-weight

Baked Salmon Steaks

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Baked Salmon Steaks

Serves 6

This elegant fish recipe is a snap to prepare and provides ample amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 lemons, sliced
1 bunch fresh dill, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
4 3- to 4-ounce salmon steaks

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the oil, onion, garlic, lemons, dill, parsley, pepper, and salt. Place half of this mixture in a long baking dish, place the salmon steaks on top, then sprinkle the remaining mixture on the fish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the fish is opaque all the way through.

Weight Loss Tips Backed By Science

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Weight loss has become an “industry” in the USA. Unfortunately, the weight loss industry is full of fad diets and dieting tips that are not evidence based. And following these diet trends has been proven to be disadvantageous since they do not work in the long term. With these diets, you are more likely to go back to your earlier bad habits and regain the weight you have lost.

That is why it is important to be familiar with weight loss tips that are actually backed by science and research. Here are some of them.

1. Drink water, especially before meals

Drinking water can boost your metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn more calories.
(Source: “Water-induced thermogenesis”)

2. Green tea

Other than coffee (preferably black), another drink that aids in weight loss is green tea. Green tea has small amounts of caffeine, and it has been reported that caffeine works together with powerful antioxidants present in green tea called catechins in enhancing fat burning. (Source: “Green tea catechins, caffeine and body-weight regulation”)

3. Cut back on (added) sugar

It has long been established that added sugar is the worst component of the modern diet, and yet most people are still eating too much of it. Research has found that sugar consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity. So naturally, it helps to cut back.
(Source: “Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity1,2”)

4. Keep it spicy

Spicy foods like Cayenne pepper has Capsaicin which helps boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
(Source: “Effects of capsaicin…”)

Remember, be vigilant when picking up fad diets. An effective weight loss strategy is one that considers your unique food history and takes into account the foods you are most likely to abuse.

Peach Smoothie

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Fruit smoothies are a nutritious way of satisfying your ice cream cravings and getting your needed allotment of fruit. They can be made with just about any fruit and are a wonderful quick dessert on hot summer nights. For added calcium and protein, add 1/4 cup plain or flavored low-fat yogurt.

2 peaches, peeled and pitted
1 banana
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of ground nutmeg

1. Crush about 1/2 cup of ice (about 6 cubes) in a blender.
2. Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth

Herb Dressing for Greens

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Herb Dressing for Greens

Makes 3 cups

This herb dressing works well over hot or cold green vegetables.

  • 1 pound soft tofu
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

In a blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth and well mixed. This can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Low-Fat Tomato Sauce

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This tomato sauce isn’t just for pasta. Try it over fish, chicken cutlets, or even lightly sautéed vegetables. For a slightly heartier sauce, add some chopped green or red peppers and some sliced mushrooms along with the spices.

1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 small onion, finely diced
Dry white vermouth or red wine (optional)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 whole bay leaf
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Swirl it around so the bottom is coated with oil and then wipe up the excess with a paper towel. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until golden, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes.

  3. Add the bay leaf, basil, parsley, and thyme. Cook 2 minutes. If the herbs are sticking to the pan, you can add just a splash of dry white vermouth or red wine.

  4. Add the tomatoes and their juice. As they simmer, break the tomatoes into pieces with a spoon. Add the salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer partially covered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste, and adjust the seasoning as desired.

How Lauren Conrad Got Rid of Her ‘Boyfriend Layer’

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Lauren Conrad found fame on the MTV reality series, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.” She later starred in the spin-off series, “The Hills,” which was one of MTV’s most popular reality shows ever. Lauren Conrad has always been athletic, but after she started dating former boyfriend Kyle Howard, she noticed her midsection was getting a tad bit pudgy.

She calls it her “boyfriend layer.”* Her abs, that is. Meaning that she attributed her weight gain to entirely too many high-calorie romantic dinners and entirely too little exercise. When she realized that she had gained weight, Lauren Conrad decided to enlist her BF in her quest to drop a few pounds. In addition to embarking on a low-cal diet, Lauren and her boyfriend started working out together by hitting the gym and doing fun activities like kayaking.

Lauren Conrad starts her day with coffee diluted with nonfat milk, a healthier alternative to coffee creamer. For breakfast, she might eat a bowl of oatmeal or another type of whole grain cereal. Conrad likes to add dried apricots to her oatmeal. She’s also a fan of veggie omelets, Greek yogurt, and breakfast smoothies.

A typical lunch on Lauren Conrad’s diet is a Cobb salad with turkey bacon, avocado, balsamic dressing, and plenty of veggies. She often eats a low-fat yogurt or some low-fat cottage cheese for a mid-afternoon snack. Dinner typically consists of a lean protein like tilapia or a chicken breast. She pairs it with a salad or some roasted veggies.

Other favorite dinner menu items include a chicken salad, a sesame tofu stir fry, or a whole grain pita filled with arugula, chicken, and feta cheese. Overall, this is a well-balanced diet, but we’d add some fresh fruit to breakfast for an extra boost of vitamins.

While Conrad’s relationship with Howard did not last (the pair broke up in 2011 and she married singer William Tell in 2014) she has stuck to her healthy eating and exercise habits. Conrad enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, bicycling, and hiking around L.A.’s canyons. She also plays tennis, swims, and surfs. In addition to her outdoor physical activities, Lauren Conrad also keeps her weight down by jogging on the treadmill and lifting weights.

*Source: http://skinnyvscurvy.com/lauren-conrad/lauren-conrad-diet-boyfriend-layer.html

Lauren Conrad Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal & dried fruit
  • Lunch: Cobb salad
  • Snack: Yogurt

Emily Blunt Lived on Carrots and Almonds

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Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds

 

Emily Blunt’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada” was the archetype of a bad role model for young girls. She famously declared that her new diet involved not eating anything at all, except for a cube of cheese when she felt as though she would faint. Fortunately, that was her character, and Emily Blunt’s actual diet wasn’t anything near as extreme. Or was it?

In an interview with “Harper’s Bazaar,” Emily Blunt insinuated that the producers of “The Devil Wears Prada” put her on an extremely strict diet (quite possibly a starvation diet). According to Blunt, she was “watched like a hawk”* to ensure that she didn’t eat very much. Very strict starvation diets are known for causing later weight gain. Emily Blunt also admitted that toward the end of the filming, she was “sneaking in doughnuts just to annoy the producers.”*

This isn’t the only time Emily Blunt has subjected herself to severe diets for the sake of a movie role, nor is it the only time she’s rebelled against the diet and scarfed down junk food as a result. Emily has admitted that she uses food as a form of stress relief, stating, “you need some kind of comfort when you’re on a film set all day, and mine’s usually food.”*

This attitude toward food has led her to take “revenge”** on her diet for “The Adjustment Bureau,” co-starring Matt Damon. After staying ridiculously slender for the re-shoots, Emily Blunt was moved to tears by steamed pork buns. We suppose if we had been asked to live on carrots and almonds alone, a little bread would make us cry, too.

Emily Blunt claims that carrots and almonds were all she ate for her “Adjustment Bureau” diet. These are both healthy foods when they’re used as a garnish for a salad, rather than the entire meal. Either her nutritionist was looking the other way, or he/she isn’t really qualified to be a nutritionist.

When she isn’t working on a movie, Emily Blunt does appear to actually eat meals. She’s raved about pizzas with burrata cheese and basil. Blunt also enjoys roast chicken and lasagna.

Emily Blunt played a ballerina in “The Adjustment Bureau.” To get in shape for the role, she used intense dance practices along with her starvation diet. Emily Blunt worked out every day for six weeks. She did two hours of cardio and strength training, followed by another two hours of dance training.

*Source: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/lifestyle-fashion/stylebeauty/Emily+Blunt-7338.html

**Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/emily-blunt-in-elle-uk-we_n_664894.html

Emily Blunt Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Probably not
  • Lunch: Carrots & almonds
  • Dinner: Carrots & almonds

Sarah Michelle Gellar Slays Fast Food

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has a history of fast food problems, but not in the way you might think. The star of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, started her career when she was five years old in a commercial for a fast food chain. The commercial severely criticized a rival chain, and Sarah Michelle Gellar was subsequently prohibited from eating at the rival burgers-and-fries restaurant. Note to parents: this is one way of getting your child to avoid fast food.

Gellar doesn’t actually enjoy eating fast food, preferring to base her meal planning on whole foods and organic produce. Her diet wasn’t always this healthy. It’s rumored that Sarah Michelle Gellar was once a devotee of the cabbage soup diet.

This diet involves eating nothing other than watery cabbage soup for seven consecutive days. This starvation diet will likely cause a temporary loss of water weight, but dieters are prone to gaining back the pounds as soon as they start eating regular meals again. Slaying vampires really requires a lot of energy though. For vampire slayers and mere mortals alike, we’d recommend a diet with more calories from lean proteins and complex carbs.

When she isn’t on the cabbage soup diet, Sarah Michelle Gellar enjoys shopping at her local farmers’ market. She juices fresh, organic produce like kale, Swiss chard, and carrots. Gellar has even convinced her young daughter to try the healthy concoction.

After giving birth to her daughter, Charlotte, Sarah Michelle Gellar signed up for a gourmet diet delivery service to help her lose the extra pregnancy pounds. Many celebrities have used this particular program, and we’ve given it a thumbs up for its diverse menu and balanced meals. On a typical day, Sarah Michelle Gellar would eat muesli granola with nonfat yogurt for breakfast, paired with fresh fruit.

For lunch, she might dine on a large spinach salad, topped with marinated cherry tomatoes and a little mozzarella. A popular dinner option is the honey-lemon glazed chicken with vegetable ragout and brown rice.

The woman once known as Buffy Summers credits her active lifestyle with her slim figure. Gellar enjoys a wide range of workouts on a regular basis, including jogging on the treadmill, kickboxing, regular boxing, gymnastics, and Tae Kwon Do. Gellar even went into labor while at a Pilates class.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Muesli & fruit & yogurt
  • Lunch: Spinach salad
  • Dinner: Chicken & veggies & brown rice