Gwyneth Paltrow’s health and wellbeing platform, Goop is never far from controversy. Whether it’s $66 jade eggs, vaginal steaming, sex dust or kale recipes, Paltrow has come under fire again and again for supposedly promoting pseudoscience.
While some of the advice on the site is purely comical, one nutritionist has highlighted how some of it can also be dangerous.
The advice currently causing dispute comes from Paltrow’s long-term BFF and celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson. Training the likes of Madonna, Gisele Bundchen and Christy Turlington the fitness expert rose to fame in the noughties with her DVD workouts and empire of studios.
In an interview with Goop to promote her new protein bars, Anderson shared her tips for losing weight fast. To kick start weight loss she suggests ‘getting off the gluten’ and working out every day ‘until you crave the workout’.
‘You are how you move, you are how you eat,’ Anderson preaches.
The quick-fix, weight-loss diet she recommends includes a cup of berries for breakfast, a salad or bone broth for lunch and a simple meal of lean protein and low-carb vegetables for dinner. If, for some bizarre reason you might need a snack (for example, you're hungry), she suggests the practical option of a poached egg, or if you really need it, a few squares of dark chocolate. Plus, making small adjustments such as ‘cutting almond milk from your coffee’ can apparently really help.
Although this diet was aimed at people trying to shift weight fast, her extreme approach to exercise and food restriction has raised alarm bells with nutritionists and diet experts.
Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told The Independent that Anderson’s advice had the potential to be ‘extremely damaging.’
‘I am in complete shock that this article has been published as this has the potential to harm a lot of relationships with food,’ Lambert told the paper.
‘It is not sensible to eliminate whole food groups or make drastic dietary changes which are not sustainable — you may end up deficient in micronutrients and lacking important dietary diversity which aid gut bacteria,’ the nutritionist explained.
While the Goop article was published nearly a year ago, thanks to Lambert’s comments it has been circling again, causing outrage via social media. On Twitter, users called the article ‘science-free bunk’ and criticised the advice for encouraging anorexia.
Anderson has now defended her comments plan clarifying it was aimed at people with significant weight to lose.
‘We would never advocate for an unhealthy diet or extreme routine. As Tracy said in the interview, you should make choices based on what is best for your individual body,’ a Goop spokesperson commented.