Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? (Book Summary) #celebrities #factsonly

It is biological human nature to compare ourselves socially and, in particular, compare up to emulate, nowadays, celebrities. Find here a summary of some areas identified by Timothy Caulfield where we try to be like celebrities along with some evidence-based guidance on actually achieving underlying goals.

Cleanse

  • Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Mindy Kaling, Salma Hayek, and of course Gwyneth Paltrow cleanse to “detox” and, of course, lose weight – perhaps also unconsciously to pay penance for “sinful indulgences”
  • However, our bodies already manage toxins quite well and, besides, drinking green juices doesn’t improve natural detoxing anyway
  • Most cleanses end up restricting calories, which causes stress on the body and mind, usually increasing cortisol and drive to overeat
  • Due to restricted calories, there can be quick weight loss, but few people can maintain the loss by maintaining the cleanse as a new lifestyle, and thus regain the weight
  • While a healthy diet does seem to improve mood and, well, overall health, that’s about eating more fruits and vegetables (about 50% of a daily diet), not eating only vegetables

Juicing

  • Hilary Duff, Jennifer Garner, Nicole Richie, Orlando Bloom, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde and, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow juice for concentrated, easier to digest vitamins
  • Obviously, liquids are less satisfying than solids, and thus can lead to increased calorie intake
  • A Harvard study showed eating whole fruits reduced risk for type 2 diabetes while drinking fruit juice actually increased risk

Organic

  • Miranda Kerr and, you guessed it, Gwyneth Paltrow eat organic for personal health and likely to express a worldview
  • Though some organic foods have slightly more micronutrients and less pesticide residue, research indicates organic food is not nutritionally superior
  • Organic approved insecticides have similar if not greater negative impact on organisms and environment

Gluten

  • Blamed for fatigue, obesity, diabetes, migraines, and even autism (by Jenny McCarthy), Steve Nash and Miley Cyrus avoid gluten
  • Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is at most estimated at 6% of the population, while disputed entirely by other scientists
  • Repeated double-blinded placebo-controlled re-challenge showed none of those studied were gluten sensitive, though all of them believed gluten caused stomach pain, diarrhea or bloating
  • Eliminating gluten can in fact lead to weight gain
  • Whole grains are full of fibre and vitamins

Facials

  • Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, and Teri Hatcher are reported to get elaborate, exotic spa treatment facials for “revitalized youthfulness” or, more realistically, relaxation
  • There is no science to support any purported beauty benefits
  • Facials may in fact spread bacteria and dry or damage skin
  • Much more helpful is avoiding smoking, wearing sunscreen, sleeping 7-9 hours, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly

Anti-aging

  • Everyone in Hollywood wants to look young for as long as possible, often as an expectation of their jobs
  • Most over-the-counter products have a dosage too low to have an effect
  • There are only three things that have any impact, though it can be subtle and take time: retinoids to stimulate collagen growth, resurfacing old skin to reveal less-wrinkled skin, and fillers stretch the skin stimulating collagen

Exercise

  • Christina Aguilera, Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Hudson, Jonah Hill, etc. lost weight to improve themselves and look good
  • Half of the time in women’s health magazines, exercise is advocated to look good, not to be healthy
  • Research shows exercise alone is not an effective weight-loss strategy and there is no such thing as spot reduction
  • Appearance-related motivations for diet and exercise are associated with negative outcomes like binge eating and body-image concerns
  • To stick to exercising long-term, emphasize well-being and enjoyment benefits, such as: better sleep, better sex, better memory, better mental health, protection against dementia, protection against the adverse effects of stress, etc.

To read about the studies backing up the above and more about celebrity culture, you can find the full book on Amazon.

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