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Celebrity Diet Secrets: But You DO Eat Carbs, Drew Carey!

drew-carey-240Comedian and Price is Right host Drew Carey has shed 80 pounds over the past six months, and the folks at People are on the case.

In an article titled “How I Lost 80 Lbs.”, Mr. Carey shares his tip for success:

“No carbs,” Carey says. “I have cheated a couple times, but basically no carbs, not even a cracker. No bread at all. No pizza, nothing. No corn, no beans, no starches of any kind. Egg whites in the morning or like, Greek yogurt, cut some fruit.”

Alas, Mr. Carey has fallen prey to the same type of erroneous thinking that many other dieters do — the idea that “carbs” and “starch” are the same thing.  They are not.

Remember, carbohydrates are in every food (except for oils, solid fats, and animal protein).  Yes, everything else — from almonds to yogurt to fruit to sweet potatoes to broccoli — contains carbohydrates.

The notion that Drew Carey lost weight while “shunning carbohydrates” is wrong since he then states that he would sometimes start his mornings with yogurt and fruit.

Besides, it is absolutely possible to lose weight while eating carbohydrate-rich foods like oatmeal, quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas.

I also have no doubt that a quick comparison of Mr. Carey’s caloric consumption before and during this diet would also show a decrease in total calories.  Of course, the key to successful weight loss is to cut calories without sacrificing satiety and nutrient intake.



  1. Rosey said on July 29th, 2010

    Yeah, but how realistic is his diet? Is 80 pounds in 6 months safe? I know there were rumors of him getting really expensive injections of appetite suppressant. And there are always rumors of back-to-pre-baby-weight-in-two-weeks celebs who lost it via speed/Adderall/coke.

    I feel like it’s harmful when celebs tout “moderate diet and exercise” as ways that they’ve lost weight, when in reality they spent lots of money on drugs (prescription or not) to help speed their progress. Most people don’t have access to those methods and get discouraged when they can’t manage to lose 80 pounds in even 12 months. What’s your opinion on the subject?

  2. Andy Bellatti said on July 29th, 2010


    80 pounds in 6 months averages out to 3 pounds a week, which is quite a lot. That said, when someone is as overweight as Drew was at one point, the first two or three months can result in higher than normal rates of weight loss.

    Obviously, I do not know the specific details of his weight loss. Could he have lost it with the additional help of suppressants, injections, or other substances? Perhaps. Is it possible he lost it by cutting calories and exercising more? Yes. He mentions working out quite a bit, which is also something I assume he did not partake in often before. Again — it is very possible that drastic caloric reduction along with a drastic increase in exercise resulted in this weight loss. Whether or not that is safe and/or recommended for the general population is another story.

    For all we know, he could have had a personal chef making every meal for him (following very particular guidelines) and a personal trainer making sure he got the physical activity he needed.

    My main concern is whether or not this substantial weight loss will be sustainable. Time will tell.

  3. Ken Leebow said on July 30th, 2010

    I think the biggest question with that type of regimen is … Is it sustainable? Of course, the answer is no. And there-in lies the problem with “diets” … they don’t work over the long-haul.

    His diet seems to require willpower and deprivation. Those are sure-fire concepts that are detrimental to longterm success.

    Ken Leebow

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