anne hathawayRemember back people first started talking about how Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds in, like, 5 minutes to play a prostitute dying of tuberculosis in Les Miserables? And Hathaway's rep made a big deal about denying all those X-treme crash dieting rumors (less than 500 calories a day!)?

Well, as you might have suspected, the rep was totally LYING. In the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway finally 'fessed up:

"I just had to stop eating, all for a total of 13 days' shooting."

Yeah, that's kinda what we figured, Anne. And honestly, I don't have a problem with the whole method acting thing -- if Hathaway wants to suffer for her art, well, that's cool. BUT I do worry about non-celeb types following her lead, because while Hathaway was probably being monitored by doctors 24/7, the average gal could do some serious damage to her body by starving for 13 days.

Here are just a few examples of the problems crash diets can cause:

1. Heart damage. From arrhythmias to heart attacks, crash diets cause such drastic shortages of potassium, magnesium, and copper that the heart stops functioning properly.

2. Dehydration. Lots of people think that drinking plenty of water while dieting will keep them well-hydrated, but in fact, it's difficult for your body to retain water if you are not eating balanced meals.

3. Kidney failure. Just ask Margaret Cho, who ended up hospitalized when forced to drop a huge amount of weight for her tv series.

So, take-home message here, people: If you're not a famous method actor hoping to win an Oscar, the whole starving for 13 days thing is probably not worth the risk. (That said, check out the Les Mis clip below -- Hathaway's performance looks incredible.)

Have you ever gone on a crash diet?

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