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Training for Baby: Celeb diet - Giuliana Rancic

Posted August 9, 2011

You can’t open a magazine without seeing skinny celebrities and their seemingly perfect skin and hair. I know some of it is Photoshop, but some of these women really are super small.

I know being overweight or underweight isn’t advised for women who want to have children. I’ve read a BMI of between 20 and 25 is ideal.

But is there such a thing as being too skinny or fat to get pregnant? People of all sizes have children – healthy children!

There has been a lot of buzz about E! News host Giuliana Rancic’s weight. She is super thin and has been struggling with fertility issues for the past two years. Her struggles have been chronicled on the reality show “Giuliana and Bill” on the Style Network.

She has said doctors told her to gain five to 10 pounds. Because of the image conscious industry she works in, Giuliana struggled with her doctor’s advice and gained just five pounds.

Giuliana has maintained that her fertility issues aren’t related to her weight, even pointing out fit and slim celeb moms Kelly Ripa, Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe.

She has tried IVF but hasn’t had any luck so far.

I don’t think all her problems are related to her weight, but I wish Hollywood was a little more forgiving of people who look normal!

First, I want to ask you what you think of being too thin and trying to get pregnant. Were any of you underweight before pregnancy?

Pregnant or not, Giuliana is super thin and I wanted to find out how she maintains her weight. So, I did some digging. A post about her diet has since been removed from her website, but a few people did copy it. Here are the highlights:

  • 4:35 a.m. wake up and hit the gym by 5 a.m. Morning meeting at 6:30 a.m. and a bottle of water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. She sips hot green or oolong tea (slimming blends a special tea garden made for her) during the day.
  • 7:15 a.m. Organic grapefruit and an egg white omelet with veggies and herbs. She is very specific about the use of butter or oil: “And i ALWAYS say NO BUTTER, NO OIL…instead tell them to cook it in a light mist of Pam cooking spray. Tell them your allergic to butter so that they don’t slip it in there like a lot of places do. If they don’t have Pam spray, then tell them to use just a DROP or two of Oil!!! If you don’t like omelets, you can also do the same ingredients in a scramble or a frittata…once again, Pam spray or a drop of oil…NO BUTTER!!!”
  • During the day she snacks on Kashi bars and for lunch she orders a rotisserie chicken breast and steamed broccoli from a local restaurant. She eats around or throws away the skin.
  • Some fruit or a Kashi bar mid-day and then she is ready for dinner. She loves sushi and avoids brown sauces and tempura. Or she has grilled chicken or fish and steamed veggies, once again steering away from the oil. “I try not to eat bread or pasta or anything made with white sugar and white flour but I end up having it about once or twice a week.”
  • For dessert, she has berries.

For the full diet, check out the link. I am not sure if she is still doing this, but it was posted online last year.

What do you think of this diet? Is it realistic for an average person or a mom?

Kathy is a web producer, entertainment expert and concert photographer for WRAL.com. She has written a manuscript about her life as an entertainment reporter and pop culture. Learn more about Kathy on her website. On Wednesdays here on Go Ask Mom, she's chronicling her efforts to lose weight before she and her husband start a family.

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  • snowl Aug 10, 2011

    Giuliana would have no curves if not for her br. implants. She SHOULD have some good oils in her diet. The new food pyramid includes them as a part of a healthy diet. I think that all body types can suffer from infertility, but it's those that do the yo-yo diets, over exercise, etc. that may cause their menstrual cycles to become irregular or stop ovulating. I am naturally thin, (fast metabolism).. but with a small bone structure that helps me look even smaller. I become pregnant easily at 29, and 34 years old. No diets, just healthy eating and good genes play a part....:)

  • unc94gal Aug 10, 2011

    That show is one of my guilty pleasures and she seems to drink some wine that isn't included in her "diet". Yeah, this sounds awful. I struggle with my weight but if this is what I had to do to maintain a weight like hers, I'd rather stay fat. I'm one of those people who was overweight at conception and had 2 healthy kids, both in my late 30s. It can be done! :-)

    I like the post about the Stroller Moms and I think that would be a great way to get back into shape! I'll be clicking on that next.

  • johneve Aug 10, 2011

    I would eat the things she does to LOSE weight...NOT maintain or gain weight! That's what being a celebrity amounts to...most are underweight and not healthy. I would say she needs to have dairy, whole grains and a "little" red meat surely wouldn't hurt her.

  • kristinamichelle27 Aug 10, 2011

    ok after reading her diet, im not sure how she functions. Im speaking as someone who has been underweight my entire life. i even went so far as to go to a nutritionist to see if they could do something to help me, my daily caloric intake is 2000-2500 plus a day, 2-3 350 calorie Ensures a day, just to maintain my weight! i have 2 children one 11 and one who is 3. i never had any problems with getting pregnant. i gained 35 lbs with my first and 25 with my second. however i am not fond of my body image but i am very healthy, my doctors say and i am just one of those people that they say just have trouble gaining weight, and i realize that i am not in the majority, when i say that,but there are people out there who are not overweight who do have body image issues and i am one of them. i just wish that we lived in a society where we could be accepting of each other no matter what our shape or size is! no one is perfect not even Hollywood!

  • itsmebaby Aug 10, 2011

    On the surface, that may seem like a healthy diet, but does *not* appear to have enough grains/carbs that are necessary for a healthy brain, and definitely not enough to support a healthy pregnancy!

  • abrcromben Aug 10, 2011

    This sounds like a very bland and boring diet!! No wonder she is a rail ..