Anita Mirchandani

Registered Dietitian, Certified Fitness Professional

8 Celebrity Eating Tips That Are Actually Pretty Legit

We had experts vet celeb’s go-to food advice to see how they stacked up.

Whether on the red carpet or on the way to the gym, it’s a pretty universal truth that celebrities tend to look great. And if they look great, they must know a thing or two about eating healthy too, right? After all, many of them also run their own food blogs, take food-porn level Instagram shots, and even write their own cookbooks. So many of us take celebrity diet tips at face value—which isn’t always a good idea.

“While many of them do fuel their bodies right, they’re not nutrition experts—so it’s important to make sure that their advice is sound!” says Isabel Smith, R.D., C.D.N. “We need to remember that often their opinion is just opinion—unless they’ve been informed by an educated source.”

So how do our favorite stars stack up in the nutrition department? We asked some registered dietitians to weigh in on eight celebrities’ diet tips, and give us the scoop behind their approach to eating.

CHRISSY TEIGEN

As if you needed another reason to love model and TV host Chrissy Teigen, she fills her cookbook Cravings with indulgent food that she and her husband John Legend enjoy. “If you’re expecting a model to write a cookbook full of diet recipes for you to perfect your bikini bod, I think you’ll be a little surprised here,” she writes in the introduction. “I wanted to be honest in this book about the kinds of food I love, the kinds of food I crave. I just have to find ways to make those cravings work with my day job.”

R.D.’s Verdict: “It’s refreshing to have a supermodel like Chrissy feature real food in her cookbook and talk about how she keeps her body healthy,” says Smith. “Indulging should be something we do regularly but in a controlled manner. Try to pick and choose what you ‘indulge’ in and it’ll make it all much healthier!”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

While Carrie Underwood is known for her vegan diet and flair for food journaling, she also counts her macros a.k.a. macronutrients—carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, she said, “I used to stay away from carbs, but lately I’ve been counting my macros, which means I try to balance my intake of protein, fat and carbs rather than worry about calories.”

R.D.’s Verdict: “When you focus on macronutrients, you encourage a variety of food groups that contain not only the essential macros but also vitamins and minerals,” says Anita Mirchandani, R.D, C.D.N, a registered dietician and spokesperson for the New York State Dietetic Association. However, your individual macro ratio depends on your metabolic rate and activity level and Mirchandani suggests working with a dietitian. “Non-specifically—pick a protein, fat and carb for each meal that you may like, such as an avocado toast topped with an over medium egg for breakfast, a mixed green salad topped with boiled egg, avocado, grilled meat, etc. for lunch, and lean protein with a side of steamed veggies/grains for dinner,” she says.

LAILA ALI

The former professional boxer (and daughter of the late Muhammad Ali) isn’t just a champ in the ring. She’s also a champion of healthy cooking—as seen on her appearances on Chopped and the Cooking Channel. Her one-two punch? Skip the different diet theories and steer clear of processed foods. Instead, cook at home and eat whole foods—especially veggies and lean protein.

R.D.’s Verdict: “Bringing back the basics of home-cooked meals and family dinner time is a great approach to advocating a healthy lifestyle and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into one’s routine,” says Sarah Koszyk, R.D.N., dietitian and author of 365 Snacks for Every Day of the Year. Instead of another round of take-out, try cooking from scratch a few meals a week. “It’s a healthy way to go,” says Koszyk.

JESSICA BIEL

We all know that eating local is good for the environment, and Jessica Biel takes that advice to heart—and into her backyard. She recently told the Los Angeles Times that whenever she craves a salad, she just steps into her garden and picks spinach, radishes and other veggies.

R.D.’s Verdict: “We get more nutrients when our veggies are fresh, so there’s no better approach to fresh food than picking it in your backyard!” says Smith. That’s because produce from large conventional farms often travels long distances and sits on the shelves of your local store. The longer they travel, the more nutrients those veggies lose. “Smaller farmers may also use less pesticide than larger, more commercial farms,” says Smith. Want to eat uber-local like Jessica? Head to your local farmers’ market, or try community-supported agriculture aka a CSA.

VENUS WILLIAMS

The Australian Open finalist changes up her diet based on her competition schedule. While she says she eats a clean, mostly plant-based diet when prepping for a tournament, she doesn’t deny her cravings. “I do splurge, absolutely, because I’m human and I want to have a great life. I happen to love different treats and butter, things like that. You just have to live a balanced life,” she told People in February. (Learn how bone broth can help you lose weight with Women’s Health’s Bone Broth Diet.)

R.D.’s Verdict: While a strict plan makes sense if you’re competing at a high level like Venus’, don’t be a slave to your diet. “Some people who are very strict with their food plans during the week and then splurge all weekend long will not see results,” says Koszyk. Instead, the R.D. advocates healthy moderation and the occasional splurge.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE

After battling bulimia when she was younger, Candace Cameron Bure has found an approach to eating that works for her. In a recent interview with People, the Fuller House star said she fuels her body with food that makes her feel good, which means loads of veggies, whole grains, and fish.

R.D.’s Verdict: Smith loves Candace’s individualized approach and focus on a plant-based diet. “Plants like fruits, vegetables and even grains and beans contain key nutrients like vitamins (and antioxidants too!) and minerals (think calcium, magnesium, and iron),” says Smith. Fish is a great source of lean protein too. But Smith advises buying local whenever possible. “Farmed fish can contain mercury,” she says.

CANDACE CAMERON BURE

After battling bulimia when she was younger, Candace Cameron Bure has found an approach to eating that works for her. In a recent interview with People, the Fuller House star said she fuels her body with food that makes her feel good, which means loads of veggies, whole grains, and fish.

R.D.’s Verdict: Smith loves Candace’s individualized approach and focus on a plant-based diet. “Plants like fruits, vegetables and even grains and beans contain key nutrients like vitamins (and antioxidants too!) and minerals (think calcium, magnesium, and iron),” says Smith. Fish is a great source of lean protein too. But Smith advises buying local whenever possible. “Farmed fish can contain mercury,” she says.

MANDY MOORE

Mandy Moore wants to bring the role of her This Is Us character Rebecca Pearson to life. She recently told beauty site Byrdie that she hopes to start a family soon. And to prep her body, she’s sticking to a vitamin-taking regimen that includes vitamin C, vitamin D, fish oil, selenium, and iodine.

R.D.’s Verdict: For someone who’s healthy and wants to get pregnant, it’s smart to take a prenatal vitamin plus vitamin D, says Koszyk. And fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids sans any mercury concerns. But you can probably skip the vitamin C, selenium, and iodine supplements since they’re readily available in food. Koszyk suggests stocking up on strawberries, citrus, and bell peppers for vitamin C; tuna, chicken, and Brazil nuts for selenium; and yogurt, cheese and potatoes for iodine. Even if you’re not family planning, “a standard multivitamin and vitamin D is recommended for the average, healthy person,” she says.

 

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