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Stars Slim Down With Horse Pills and the ‘Idiot’ Diet

Non-eaters and table hoggers Marcia Cross and Paris HiltonPhoto: Getty Images

News flash! When celebrities tell magazines they became walking spaghetti strands by doing yoga and walking their dogs, they’re lying. According to a really long and revelatory article in the Daily News, they slim down by overexercising, starving themselves, smoking cigarettes, and taking drugs like Adderall and prescription horse pills, which suppress appetite.

Fasting stars sometimes even go to restaurants and don’t eat. Like Paris Hilton, who went to Nobu and consumed only water and Red Bull during the entire meal. Then there’s Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, who went out to eat with her husband and sipped fruit juice while he ate fish. If we may, don’t these ladies know they’re taking up valuable real estate at restaurants where people who actually want to eat the food wait eons to get reservations?

And then there are the scary tales of people on the cusp of collapse at the gym because they refuse to nosh. Celebrity trainer David Kirsch recalls training a client for the Oscars who ate only two boiled eggs a day. Some stars supposedly go on the “IV diet” where they check into a hospital and have nutrients dribbled into their system so they can avoid the calories. One “supermodel trainer” recalled a client who lived off Diet Coke, peanuts, and cigarettes only. “When we tried to work out, we had to stop every five minutes. It was awful,” he said.

Finally, there’s the infamous Master Cleanse, in which one consumes only “lemonade” made from maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper:

Gunnar Peterson calls this the “You’re an idiot” diet.

“I had a client who did it and I thought he was ill,” says Peterson.

Gosh this stuff never gets old, does it? And for the record, we did not call Beyoncé and Jared idiots. Gunnar Peterson did.

Hollywood’s dirty diet secrets [NYDN]

Stars Slim Down With Horse Pills and the ‘Idiot’ Diet