A Dietitian Reviews J-Lo and A-Rod’s 10-Day Diet


A FEW WEEKS AGO, POP star and actress Jennifer Lopez and her husband, retired baseball sensation Alex Rodriguez, ate a whole lot of eggs, tuna and turkey. The meals were part of a 10-day no-sugar, no-carb challenge the duo undertook to apparently support their health. They publicly encouraged their fans and a few select celebs to do the same.

While this endeavor may seem healthy or at least harmless, as I registered dietitian, I don’t see any point in this sort of short-lived deprivation.

Don’t get me wrong: I think J-Lo is a superstar and, thanks to my three boys and Yankees fan husband, know A-Rod is incredible. But even though I love to dance and enjoy baseball, I’m not getting on stage anytime soon or critiquing anyone’s pitch. I recommend Lopez and Rodriguez also stick to what they know best.

As Jason Riis, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, puts it, “Some opinions are grounded in science and evidence, and others are grounded in emotion.” And when it comes to celebrity diet plans like this one, followers are often swayed by their admiration for the star, not their common sense (or nutritionist’s advice).