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The No-Food Diet
But, dont call it dieting; theyre detoxifying, whisper followers of the latest fad diet -- fasting -- in this un-bylined New York Times story. Who knows where the food-free search for serenity may lead? Well, maybe your fasting coach. If its Natalia Rose, lucky you! -- you could be going to Barneys. Thats where she takes those who enroll in her long-weekend fasting workshops, so theyll be focused on Narciso Rodriguez, not what they're putting in their stomachs." You certainly wont want to focus on what youre taking out of your wallet, since not eating can cost much more than eating -- especially if you go to the spa that charges up to $3,484 a week to send you to bed without your supper. (Clearly, eliminating solid food only melts away pounds, not gullibility.) Too bad the pounds will probably come back:

As a way to lose weight, long-term fasting can even be counterproductive, for it causes the body to conserve energy. "Our body makes adjustments and socks away the calories more when you come out of the fast," said Dr. William Hart, an associate professor of nutrition and dietetics at St. Louis University. "You defeat the purpose of weight loss, and you'll gain weight."

Not to worry. Once you do, its Enema Time! Unfortunately, this part of the adventure doesnt involve a pit-stop at Barneys.

UPDATE: Emmanuelle wonders if Arnold could do with a little less solid food. See for yourself.

Posted by aalkon at August 25, 2003 1:46 AM


That's really funny, because I just got through discussing diets on my fitness page. And I bashed the "Hollywood" all-juice diet. Fruit juice, although healthy, is completely inadequate to keep you nourished. The biggest problem is that it has no protein. You deprive your body of protein, and it will release a hormone called cortisol which has the nasty habit of breaking down any protein it encounters, including blood, organ and muscle tissue. So, yes, you do lose weight on these starvation diets, and some of it might even be fat.

Posted by: Patrick at August 25, 2003 4:24 AM

Yea, I saw that article- I couldn't believe it, especially the woman who took up smoking 5 cigarettes a day, to make up for not eating any food at all. What's wrong with this picture?

Posted by: Kate at August 25, 2003 1:22 PM

Hey Amy,
Do you think Arnold needs a no-food diet too?

I could not believe this picture they published in Parade this week-end (and was published before... wonder if it was before shooting T3 or if he used a body double in the film or something)

He's still European enough to wear a tiny Speedo! I love that.

Posted by: Emmanuelle at August 25, 2003 2:01 PM

Alkon, you just wait and see! Middle age takes NO FUCKING PRISONERS.

Arnold looks fab for a guy who's had cardiac surgery, Enjoy the morning, little one.

Posted by: Cridland at August 25, 2003 3:01 PM

Of course, Arnold is as hot as a sizzling schnitzel. But after watching "Pumping Iron" the other night... you would think he would do more abs. The belly thing is maybe due to the melted overblown muscles from his crazy Mr. Universe days. Oh well. Did you see this pic of Arnold doing push-ups on the beach with Pete Wilson years ago? In the LAT or the NYpost, can't remember.

Posted by: Emmanuelle at August 25, 2003 3:11 PM

Alkon, you just wait and see! Middle age takes NO FUCKING PRISONERS.

Arnold looks fab for a guy who's had cardiac surgery, Enjoy the morning, little one.

Posted by Cridland at August 25, 2003 03:01 PM

I saw that picture of him in Parade! I showed it to my best friend (who just turned 40) and he laughed himself silly. Actually, I've met plenty of people past middle age who are leaner than him, so middle age does not mean obesity, if you're careful. Arnold's sudden corpulence is due to the fact that although he has changed his lifestyle with age, he has not sufficiently changed his eating habits.

In his prime, he was a competitive bodybuilder, and as such, he used anabolic steroids (there is simply no way he could not have). Steroids allow people to make fantastic gains, but they also come with a very heavy price. For one thing, to accomodate the nutritional needs of someone his size, he had to eat an incredible amount of food. He's probably quite used to gorging himself, considering the number of years he had to maintain his physique.

Heart problems are but one of many risks associated with anabolic steroids. Because the increase in size is far faster and greater than nature would allow, the heart is now taxed with pumping blood to a much larger organism. Suppose a normal sized man (about 175 lbs) decides to become a competitive bodybuilder and starts taking steroids. As a competitive bodybuilder, he can expect to grow to 250 lbs or more. And these gains are mostly muscle, which unlike fat, have high maitenence and nutritional demands. (Fat is kind in one respect. It doesn't demand much. It's just stored calories.) The same heart that maintained the 175 lbs normal sized guy is now being charged with an additional 75 or more lbs of some of the most demanding tissue in your body, to say nothing of the increased eating, the dietary abuse such as ultra-low sodium and dehydration, the increased workouts which can send your heart rate far beyond those levels experienced by aerobic athletes. Could Arnie owe his heart problems to steroid use? Oh, you betcha! You do not punish your heart that way (which never did anything to you) and not expect to pay for it.

Posted by: Patrick at August 26, 2003 12:35 AM

That and omelets. YEras and years ago I remember reading about him eating freaky numbers of eggs as part of his training. There are a lot of things that people eat for diets that just don't seem sane, A lady at work ate burger patties and little else to lose some weight. It worked, but it's hard to imagine it was a net gain for her health.

Posted by: Cridland at August 26, 2003 7:48 AM

Eggs are an Atkin's diet staple. They are good sources of complete protein and easily assimilated. Of course, they're also good sources of cholesterol.

I hope she was taking multivitamins on the beef patties diet, and avoiding those grocery store brands. Those Centrums do not break down in the stomach. The tiles of the space shuttle should be so indestructible.

Posted by: Patrick at August 26, 2003 9:01 AM