Celebrity reality shows are one the great train wrecks of current pop culture. If the subjects aren’t simply celebrity has-beens from long-gone eras, they are those who have continued to hang by their fingernails onto their need to be famous.
VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club 7 (wow, there were six others?!) parades out a few stars of yesteryear (Bobby Brown, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Nicole Eggert of Baywatch). But. Then there are those people who are famous for being on a different TV show, which by today’s standards makes you a star! That’s right, people like Tanisha Thomas and Jay McCarroll are now career reality TV personalities. Hey, it’s a living I guess. (more…)
Kevin Federline, Britney Spears‘ ex-husband, is joining the seventh season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. Federline has packed on some pounds since his split from Spears. Joining him on the cast will be his former girlfriend and mother of two of his children, Shar Jackson. Other reported contestants are Baywatch star Nicole Eggert and Whitney Houston‘s ex, Bobby Brown.
Celebrity Fit Club features stars who have had their time in the limelight come and gone. They vie for cash and prizes as they sweat and diet to reclaim their former slimmer bodies. (more…)
While most stars in Hollywood are under the pressure to lose weight, a few starlets are literally under contract to gain weight. All in the name of business, of course. Renee Zellweger, Matt Damon, Eva Longoria-Parker and now add Hilary Swank to the list of actors who have gained a hefty chunk of weight for an upcoming role. In preparation for French Women Don’t Get Fat, the movie adaptation of the bestselling book by Mireille Guiliano, Swank, who is also producing the movie, will pack on 20 to 30 pounds for her role as the manager of a champagne company. No stranger to transforming herself for a role, Swank radically transformed her thin figure to one of a powerhouse boxer Million Dollar Baby and to a man in Boys Don’t Cry. Now, it’s her turn to reverse roles and swap her personal trainer in for a personal chef who can dish up calorie-laden meals and carb-rich dishes to help her plump up her waistline.
In our weight-obsessed culture, it is more than refreshing to see the bravery of female celebs like Swank, Zellweger and others who aren’t too scared to watch the scales creep up for the sake of their profession. But then again, if I were given a couple million dollars, I would have no problem sitting on the couch and fattening up. Just as long as I knew that I could eventually take the weight off.I wonder how many of these folks who have gained weight for roles actually welcome the first day of their diet when they can go back to their salad-eating and exercise-filled days? I don’t know, but I’m sure that Swank, who is uber disciplined will approach her French role with her trademark zeal, dedication and enthusiasm as she noshes on pain au chocolat and hunks of brie. And I’m sure, that when her role is finished, she will have gained even further insight into how changing your physical shape also alters your non-physical shape as well.
If it’s good enough for Marsha Brady then maybe it’s good enough for you too. Susan’s Healthy Gourmet is a meal-based delivery system that prepares meals for you. All you do is eat them and lose the weight. Sounds easy, right? This meal program is what helped Maureen McCormick (aka Marsha Brady) keep her weight off after winning the Celebrity Fitness Challenge in which she lost a highly commendable 34 pounds! (She’s also been linked with Slim Shots).
Susan is back at it again for this coming season as she provides meals for VH1’s returning hit, Celebrity Fit Club. The meals that the season six cast are eating have been prepared exclusively by Susan’s.
I love the idea of having my meals prepared for me with all of the calories, and fat and protein grams calculated. LOVE IT! I have never had the fun (or wallet) of joining such a service, but it sounds like its a great and convenient way to pamper yourself while trying to get the number on the scale to drop down a few.
I do wonder how the food tastes? Is it like airplane food, but low cal? Are the portions meager or do you feel pretty satisfied after noshing? Have you ever used a meal delivery program like Susan’s Healthy Gourmet? If so, let us know what your experience was like. I’m really curious to find out.
It seems everywhere you look there’s a new weight loss challenge. There’s nothing wrong with this at all- if anything, it’s been a long time coming. We’re fat America! But just like any problem- we’re aware and everyone is beginning to put into action plans that are helping all of us live healthier, look greater and feel better than ever before.
Thanks to some brilliant programs from Oprah and Bob Greene, Dr. Ian Smith from Celebrity Fit Club, Discovery Health and Biggest Loser, you’re certain to find one of these exciting campaigns to join. While you can read a full review of each of these on the Diets In Review site- I want to give you a brief glance at each and hopefully you’ll find one that you feel comfortable with. Nothing like a little encouragement and team effort to help you lose weight!
Oprah and Bob’s Best Life Challenge
They kicked off today, live on Oprah. They’re encouraging one million viewers to sign the Best Life contract and start making the changes necessary to live a healthier life, by following the Best Life plan. It’s NOT a diet- it’s a lifestyle makeover. The cost of the online membership is $5/week and/or the cost of the book. Bob says there are five things you can do right now that will get you started on the right track:
– Get Moving
– Stop eating two hours before you go to bed; or schedule a stop-eating time each day like Oprah does (7:30 p.m.)
– Eat three meals a day, including a healthy breakfast and one snack
– Stop drinking alcohol (you can re-introduce it later)
The 50 Million Pound Challenge
Dr. Ian Smith is encouraging the African-American community to join together and lose an astounding 50 millon pounds. The program is free, and open to anyone interested in joining. Part of your free membership you’ll receive diet and nutrition advice from experts and exercise instruction that encourages a workout at least five times each week. You can also participate with other members at free events in communities across the country and via message boards on the 50 Million Pound site.
Biggest Loser Million Pound Matchup
We talked about this one last week- but nothing beats a good reminder! Inspired by this season’s Biggest Loser Couples, the show is encouraging you to find a partner and with all members collectively lose a million pounds. The program is free and requires you have a Microsoft Spaces profiles where you can journal and video-blog your experience. The winning team will be announced at the show’s live finale this spring. While there’s no explicit guidance on this one, you can lean on the Biggest Loser Club program which is a smart, healthy weight loss approach inspired by the show; for this there is a $20/month fee.
Discovery Health National Challenge
This is the fifth year or the network’s weight loss challenge, and today, Jan. 15, is your last opportunity to sign up. Each January, just as everyone is forcibly speaking those new year’s resolutions, Discovery Health teams with Bally Fitness Centers for an eight-week free weight loss challenge. It’s simple, free and most of all promises successful results. Sign-up is free and there are weigh-ins at Discovery Stores, Bally centers and malls across the country. You even get a free eight-week membership to Bally’s (you can’t beat that!). You’ll be provided with expert advice from Dr. Mehmet Oz, learn how to eat more nutritiously, find a proper exercise program, and begin to live a healthier life.