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Victoria Beckham & Jennifer Aniston's Diet Secret Is So Easy Everyone Should Try It

by Maressa Brown on January 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

victoria beckhamDespite being thin as a rail, Victoria Beckham is always on one diet or another, so I guess it should come as no surprise that Posh Spice was recently tweeting about her affinity for a new one Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst, and Jennifer Aniston have supposedly also done. And believe it or not, it's not that crazy.

The diet, called the Honestly Healthy Alkaline Program, is said to involve eating mostly foods that are alkaline (as opposed to acidic), so as to keep the body's pH between 7.35 and 7.45. As a result, the plan is supposed to not only promote weight loss but also help keep inflammation and its related health issues like headaches, bloating, heart disease, muscle pain and insomnia at bay. Interesting!

There is quite a bit of science that supports eating more alkaline for a variety of reasons. But what kills me about this is that it's of course A DIET. And the way it sounds like Posh and her Hollywood pals are doing it sounds like a very expensive, very intense diet.

That's because this particular program prohibits "very acid-forming" foods like pasta, wheat, beans, all dairy products, meat fish and shellfish. Oh, and ... tea, coffee, sugar, soda, and booze. So basically you eat suuuuper-clean, specially prepared foods like artichoke and basil pizza, raw buckwheat and cinnamon granola, mung bean curry and sweet-potato chocolate brownies.

Wow. Don't get me wrong -- that all actually sounds delish to me, but I'm not sure it's realistic for someone who isn't an A-lister with an unlimited bank account to eat this way. Not to mention that they probably all have their personal chefs shopping and cooking up these special meals for them. (Seriously, I went looking for mung beans once ... not easy!)

Ultimately, though, it seems like the crux of the program -- steering toward more alkaline-forming foods and away from the acidic ones -- is completely worthwhile. And not that difficult to weave into a healthy eating regimen in a less extreme way. But a strict, unrealistic Gwynnie Paltrow-style DIET with a laundry list of "NO"s attached? No thanks!

What do you think about this diet?

Image via James Whatling/Splash News

Filed Under: diets, weight loss, eating habits, eating healthy


  • Wheep...


    January 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I know people that do this!  My friend's dad cured is diabetest (type 1) with an alkaline/vegan diet.  He is a very dedicated man.  I would love to be able to do this, but I am not as disciplined as some.  And yes, you definitely need quite a bit of money and TIME! Which, unfortunately, is money to most people!


  • Keran...


    January 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Ummmm, I'm not an A-lister with millions and we follow an alkaline diet. It's not difficult. We eat raw 80% of the time and entirely organically. An acidic body is an unhealthy one.

  • PRIMA487


    January 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM
    No thanks.
  • ruby_...


    January 19, 2013 at 3:06 AM
    My mil did this. It saved her life. She had breast cancer. Caner cells can't grow in an alkaline environment.
  • PinkB...


    January 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Nah, not giving up my coffee.

  • Thea
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    January 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM
    Lmao skinny white women spend their entire lives dieting,.....poor self image!
  • Katie
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    March 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM
    Our ancestors followed this diet, and now we have cheap, processed, high refined sugar and fast food. Coffee, not sure I could give up- but everything else is basically natural for us. Crazy fact: obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc. does not occur in un-domesticated animals and tribal cultures who grow their own food do not suffer tooth decay... that should be a sign that the modern diet does not work. But, we are all in a hurry and sadly buying even the right ingredients is ridiculously expensive, because we don't support our local farmers. We have also become accustomed to eating the quickest food possible. I am very guilty of this! I had to go on a temporary special diet for thyroid cancer this week and I have spent SO much money and SO much time. But, I feel better! I am going to the farmer's market next weekend and will try making bulk foods and freezing them so I can continue this. (though my diet is low-iodine, after the diet I will obviously be ok w that part!)
  • Katie2
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    June 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM
    Thea some people just want to improve their health regardless of their ethnicity or gender. Its not just about being skinny. You can easily be skinny and unhealthy.
  • netta
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    August 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM
    Thea, being healthy equates to a good body image. The women who have poor body images are the ones that don't work out or diet, and the ones who have no self-disciplne and treat their bodies like a garbage can. Ummm, no thank you.
  • HSBaum
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    November 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    Where is the science you spoke of? I would love to read the studies.
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