From Master Cleanse to NUIU: Celebs share diet plans

Posted at 03/20/2012 5:22 PM | Updated as of 03/21/2012 2:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Planning to shed some pounds this summer?

Television host Kris Aquino and actress-politician Lucy Torres-Gomez shared some of the diet plans they have tried on Tuesday’s episode of “Kris TV.”

They also discussed diet programs followed by their fellow celebrities such as stylist Liz Uy and make-up artist RB Chanco.

Here is a quick look at their regimens:

Master Cleanse

  • What it is: A modified juice fast that involves drinking six to 12 glasses of spicy lemonade for at least 10 days
  • Key players: Master Cleanse spicy lemonade: 8 ounces of water, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, two tablespoons of Grade B maple syrup, and a tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • How it works: Lemon juice provides nutrients to the body, while cayenne pepper allegedly helps remove toxins
  • Celebrity follower: Lucy Torres-Gomez. “Mabilis lang and masarap,” she said.
  • Turn-off: Food is not allowed in the regimen, so one may experience lack of energy

Juju Cleanse

  • What it is: A fasting detox program that involves drinking juices made from fruits and vegetables for three days (http://jujucleanse.com)
  • Key players: Six different types of juices. One bottle includes celery, cucumber, romaine lettuce, spinach, malunggay, and pineapple, for instance, while another has grapefruit, Himalayan salt, pineapple and coconut water
  • How it works: The detox program allegedly gives the body a chance to free up energy, which can be focused on absorption and elimination at the cellular level. Other juices are said to be good for the liver
  • Celebrity follower: Kris Aquino. “I really like the green bottle,” she said.
  • Turn-offs: Like in Master Cleanse, food is not allowed in the regimen. Juju is also quite expensive, with a one-day cleanse at P2,500 and P7,100 for three days.

General Motors diet

  • What it is: A seven-day weight loss program developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, an American automotive company
  • Key players: Fruits, vegetables, some starches, and milk
  • How it works: The seven-day program can be done several times: Day 1 is all fruits except bananas; Day 2 is all vegetables with one baked potato (with a pat of butter); Day 3 is fruits and vegetables except bananas and potatoes; Day 4 is eight bananas and three glasses of milk; Day 5 is beef and tomatoes; Day 6 is vegetables and beef; and Day 7 is brown rice, vegetables and fresh juice
  • How it works: More fruits and vegetables and a controlled amount of starches will allegedly lead to weight loss
  • Celebrity follower: RB Chanco, makeup artist to the stars such as Charo Santos-Concio, Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach and Angeline Quinto. “I lost five pounds kasi di ko siya faithfully ginawa… But on my second try, I lost seven pounds,” she said.
  • Turn-off: May not be ideal for meat and seafood lovers

NUIU

  • What it is: A diet program that involves calorie-counted meals (http://www.nuiu.ph), and a play on the words “new you.” It usually comes after the popular South Beach diet.
  • Key players: Five meals totaling 1,400 calories. Ara Jungco, a nutritionist for NUIU, gave this sample menu: Whole wheat pan de sal with Spanish sardines and kesong puti (breakfast); Ensalada de Vigan, or greens with salted egg and mango chutney (morning snack); Sweet pea ribs with lemony mashed potato (lunch); Banana trifle (afternoon snack); Beef kebabs with brown or white saffron rice (dinner)
  • How it works: Calorie-counted meals allow the dieter to lose weight without fasting or giving up normal food
  • Celebrity follower: Liz Uy
  • Turn-offs: May not be ideal for those who want to lose weight at a faster rate. It is also quite expensive at P940 per day.

For those who cannot afford to sacrifice their favorite treats or their hard-earned money, they can also opt for homemade diets, said chef Barni Alejandro-Rennebeck of The Sexy Chef (http://www.thesexychef.ph), another popular diet program in the country.

Alejandro-Rennebeck gave this quick tip: “If you look at your plate, dapat ‘yung meat is the size of your palm, or a deck of cards, around three ounces.

“Vegetables should be the size of your fist. Rice is dapat 1/3 to 1/2 cup lang. You can have this amount three times a day. There can also be two snacks – mid-morning and mid-afternoon, 100 to 150 calories each,” she said.

On “Kris TV,” the “sexy chef” shared a low-calorie dish that dieters can easily do at home. She said her Thai glass noodles salad only costs P180, and a serving is less than 350 calories.

“You can have it three times a day. Add your own snacks and you can have your own 1,200-calorie diet at home,” Alejandro-Rennebeck said. “You can also add leftover chicken or shrimp.”

Thai glass noodles salad (serves two)

  • 84 grams vermicelli noodles
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 1/8 cup Thai fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup carrot strips
  • 1/4 cup cucumber strips
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped malunggay
  1. In a bowl, combine the calamansi juice, coconut sugar, Thai fish sauce, garlic and water. Whisk until combined and set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, toss together all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the noodles. Toss well until the noodles are coated by the dressing.