Between the photo shoots and the red carpet barrage, it's hard to find a celebrity who isn't actually afraid of carbs. To make sure they're up to Tinseltown standards, some rush to extreme diets, fasts or detox plans to get the job done. While this may get our favorite celebs leading-lady ready, a few A-listers have bravely gone on the record to express regret over messing with their food regimens.
Ladies (and Matt Damon), we applaud you.
A shining example: Model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker recently admitted she was so obsessed with her weight at the beginning of her modeling career that her family had to do an intervention to stop her from ruining her health.
"When I moved to New York, I was always with other aspiring models," Decker told Self
. "There were bingers and purgers, and everyone watched each other eat. It freaked me out. I did juice fasts and crazy diets and ended up gaining weight. My father did an intervention and got me to stop obsessing about everyone else and wrecking my body."
Decker isn't the only one who feels this way. Whether it's prepping for a role or making sure they always look good in front of the camera, here are 10 more celebrities who regretted their extreme dietary plans and who may make you think twice about going on that next grapefruit-only fast.
, world-renowned for her slim physique (which sure makes us wish we had a French model for a mom), has often taken fire for her barely-there body. While the "Tourist" actress told reporters she loves red meat, she's also revealed that she used to be a devout vegan. However, living that lifestyle became too much and "nearly killed"
Jolie. Why? "I found I was not getting enough nutrition," she has said.
was preparing to play Deena Jones in 2006's "Dreamgirls," she adopted a maple-syrup-based liquid diet
to drop 20 pounds. Although B successfully lost the weight, she said it's something she wouldn't advise any of us try at home. "I would not recommend it if someone wasn't doing a movie, because there are other ways to lose weight," she said in an interview
. She later admitted that once she stopped the diet, she quickly gained the weight back but doesn't mind filling out again.
After playing the bubbly Lizzie McGuire, actress Hilary Duff
wanted to shed her teenybopper image for a sexier look, causing her to lose a significant amount of weight in her late teens. Her weight loss became tabloid fodder and everyone noticed her transformation. She later admitted to Health magazine
that she relied on a diet of steamed veggies and chicken every day. With her rigorous tour schedule (when she was fulfilling her music dreams) and other public engagements, her lack of food and sleep made the now-married 23-year-old wish she never saw steamed broccoli.
Actress-turned-model Natasha Henstridge
made her film debut a sexy alien in 1995's "Species." While we thought that she naturally had a hot body, she later revealed she was actually popping pills and taking other supplements to keep that physique. However, the mom of two has changed her ways because of the damage it did to her body
and has now put on some pounds. She professes she's now fine and has decided "to go clean."
may have looked great in films like "John Tucker Must Die" or "Hairspray," but the actress has struggled with body issues since she was a child. She confessed to living on pineapple for two months when she was 12 -- hey, just like us! -- and later suffered from a number of eating disorders
when she weighed in at 85 pounds at 15. Now at 24, the actress has gotten rid of her trainer and sworn off dieting
isn't shy about telling people that she goes on strict diets and body cleanses
. However, she has acknowledged how bad these food plans can be and said that her once raw food diet of spinach and seeds was "intense" and "sort of awful." While on these diets, she declared it's just what she had to do to book gigs in Hollywood. However in an interview for Self's June 2010 issue
, she said she wasn't into starving herself (perhaps anymore). "I mean, at the end of the day, if you can't have a Girl Scout cookie and a piece of cheese, what is life all about?" she asked. What indeed?
One look at Portia de Rossi
and you might dismiss her as, naturally skinny
. But when she revealed just how bad her weight obsession
got in her book "Unbearable Lightness," everyone found out that her skin-and-bones look was an obsession that almost killed the actress. De Rossi revealed she used to run on 300 calories a day and even considered a piece of gum a full meal. After dipping under the 100-pound mark, de Rossi finally got help and vows not go to back to that dark side again. Get the lady some Bazooka.
could easily be considered the slimmest of the reality-TV-sister trio. But when she wanted to get rid of her post-pregnancy weight for a slew of upcoming photo shoots, the eldest Kardashian took her diet so far that it landed her in an ambulance
. On an episode of "Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami," the new mom kept up her exercise routine sans actually consuming any food. After getting sick, she realized the whole thing just wasn't worth it, has gone the healthy route and is back to her cover girl body.
Then there's actress and model Kelly LeBrock
-- also known as a 1980s sex symbol and, more recently, "Celebrity Fit Club" alum. Though she managed to drop 31 pounds during her stint on the reality show, LeBrock had the sort of awakening that rarely happens in Hollywood: She realized she had started starving herself and working out twice a day in hopes of returning to her size-2 body. After having that epiphany, the 50-year-old has vowed to stop dieting
and claims she's now comfortable with the skin she's in.
Although it's mostly the ladies of Tinseltown who publicly regret their diet Don'ts, it doesn't mean guys don't go through the same battle of the bulge. Matt Damon
revealed that he hated the way he shed the pounds
for the 1996 film, "Courage Under Fire." For a part that required only two days of filming, Damon stopped eating and followed a strict exercise routine. "I didn't have to act at all," he said in an interview. "I was a wreck. I was getting dizzy spells and hot flashes. I didn't say anything to anyone for a while because I was afraid I might be really ill." After working on the film, Damon did need to be on meds for a few years to fix the resulting issues with his adrenal gland. We guess it's a good thing he wasn't born a woman.
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