Celebrity health advice: should we pay attention?

Is there anything you can learn from your favourite celebrities to keep you in shape?

‘Celebrity’ seems to be a title that many are chasing. With Made in Chelsea and Geordie Shore churning out so many z-list influencers looking to capitalise on their window of fame. The result is under-qualified (generous terminology) celebs advertising bogus products all over social media.

Lets check some examples shall we?

- Two characters from The Only Way is Essex were thrown off the show for promoting fat burners that resulted in customers being hospitalised.

- Gwyneth Paltrow, a regular fad promoter, advocates the use of detox cleanses to help you lose weight. You mean starving yourself and eating no food will result in weight loss? Go figure. Good luck keeping that up...

- Anne Hathaway has turned to ‘trainers’ that encourage detox diets that ‘boost your metabolism’. Spoiler alert: they don’t.

It’s not just your regular celebrities that are a little…untrustworthy. Jillian Michaels, both a celebrity and personal trainer to the stars, has made some questionable claims about higher protein diets. There is nothing like ignoring all the evidence. I simply wonder whether fitness professionals are running out of ways to shock and awe so resort to writing utter rubbish to have an impact. Just a thought...

If our favourite celebrities are throwing us under the bus to make a few quid and trainers who are supposed to be the ‘go-to’ for fitness advice are getting it so wrong, who can we trust?

I always offer this advice. If someone swears by one approach and tries to sell that approach to you as far superior to all the others, then they’re one of two things: 1) A moron; 2) A salesperson trying to screw you out of your money.

Once you delve deeper into the background of that trainer or celebrity flogging a certain diet, you tend to find a book or supplement that they are selling you as an alternative.

Balance. Balance is what we need. There is no such thing as a ‘best approach’. What works for you, probably won’t work for someone else. What works for someone else, may not work for you. Detoxes are a waste of time and you shouldn’t do any exercise that you don’t enjoy.

So should we spend time listening to celebrity fitness advice? There are so many better uses of your time. Maybe go workout or plan your week’s food. Or maybe your fence needs painting or the dog needs petting. Please, just anything else…

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