Stars Slim Down With Horse Pills and the ‘Idiot’ Diet

Non-eaters and table hoggers Marcia Cross and Paris Hilton Photo: Getty Images

News flash! When celebrities tell magazines they became walking spaghetti strands by doing yoga and walking their dogs, they're lying. According to a really long and revelatory article in the Daily News, they slim down by overexercising, starving themselves, smoking cigarettes, and taking drugs like Adderall and prescription horse pills, which suppress appetite.

Fasting stars sometimes even go to restaurants and don't eat. Like Paris Hilton, who went to Nobu and consumed only water and Red Bull during the entire meal. Then there's Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, who went out to eat with her husband and sipped fruit juice while he ate fish. If we may, don't these ladies know they're taking up valuable real estate at restaurants where people who actually want to eat the food wait eons to get reservations?

And then there are the scary tales of people on the cusp of collapse at the gym because they refuse to nosh. Celebrity trainer David Kirsch recalls training a client for the Oscars who ate only two boiled eggs a day. Some stars supposedly go on the "IV diet" where they check into a hospital and have nutrients dribbled into their system so they can avoid the calories. One "supermodel trainer" recalled a client who lived off Diet Coke, peanuts, and cigarettes only. "When we tried to work out, we had to stop every five minutes. It was awful," he said.

Finally, there's the infamous Master Cleanse, in which one consumes only "lemonade" made from maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper:

Beyoncé admitted following this regimen for two weeks to drop 20 pounds for the film "Dreamgirls." Jared Leto used it to shed about 30 pounds he gained to play Mark Chapman in the new film "Chapter 27."

Gunnar Peterson calls this the "You're an idiot" diet.

"I had a client who did it and I thought he was ill," says Peterson.

"His skin was gray and his eyes had terrible dark circles under them. He was shuffling when he walked, and this was after only 10 days!"

Gosh this stuff never gets old, does it? And for the record, we did not call Beyoncé and Jared idiots. Gunnar Peterson did.

Hollywood's dirty diet secrets [NYDN]