Health experts have warned that Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow – who has previously been criticized for her diet advice – is promoting “what about” dieting practices.
Paltrow, 50, spoke about her current “health routine” on the latest episode of the podcast The Art of Being Well with Dr. Will Cole, where she shares everything from the bone broth she eats, how she uses coffee as an appetite suppressant and how often she exercises.
Paltrow says she will eat dinner in the “early evening” long before bed and then fast until the next day.
“I usually have something around 12. In the morning I’ll have things that don’t spike my blood sugar, so I have coffee.
“I really like soup for lunch, I have bone broth for lunch a lot of days.”
Although Paltrow and Cole speak positively about the actor’s strict lifestyle, nutrition experts caution people against following celebrity advice.
Australian registered dietitian Kim Lindsey – who specializes in disordered eating – said she was “concerned” about the impact of Paltrow’s comments on others.
“She eats very little to fuel her day. Bone broth has very little nutrition in it and should not be seen as a complete, balanced meal,” Lindsey said.
“Coffee is often used to suppress appetite thus ignoring natural hunger cues. There is also no evidence that the Paleo diet is healthy.
“We don’t need to detox, the body detoxifies itself every day through the liver and kidneys.
“This is another example of diet culture misinformation that makes people think they need to go on restrictive diets in the name of health.”
“It’s alarming to see diets like this described as a ‘healthy routine’,” she said.
She talks about restrictive dieting practices like intermittent fasting and the paleo diet.
“This is concerning because we know that dieting is not sustainable for the vast majority of people and can lead to negative health consequences such as eating disorders, weight cycling (when your weight fluctuates) and heart disease.”
Lindsey says that “diet culture” is problematic because he believes our weight and health are determined by our striving to be “thin and attractive.”
“Diet culture equates our weight with health and advocates the pursuit of thinness. Gwyneth’s diet encourages restrictive eating patterns (intermittent fasting, paleo, bone broth),” she said.
Spreading the message that these behaviors are good for our health is not true and dangerous because it can lead to an eating disorder.
“Our body thrives on eating regularly. A well-balanced diet that includes all kinds of foods is good for our health and important for a healthy relationship with food.”
Lindsay explained this in a TikTok video as she was concerned that too many people might follow this advice.
“I worry about how many people are going to follow this,” she said.
“Please remember to eat regularly throughout the day and enjoy all foods as part of a balanced diet.”
Lauren Cadillac, a US-based registered dietitian, echoed Lindsey’s thoughts on the matter.
She said “this is not wellness, this is disturbed”.
“That’s not enough food, especially for someone who’s 5’9” (175cm) tall, Lauren said in the TikTok video.
“Please stop following celebrities and listen to your advice on health and wellness.”
Paltrow says her workout regimen consists of “one hour of movement a day” and a “30-minute infrared sauna” followed by an old-fashioned dinner with “plenty of veggies.”
Her advice drew criticism on Instagram.
“Awesome. Can we say excellence,” one user wrote.
“Honestly, why are we still giving this woman a platform to continue spreading her misleading nonsense?”
“She looks totally unhealthy 😕”
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