British pop star Sam Smith looks sensational after his 14-pound weight loss in 2 weeks, which he attributed to a Paleo-style detox diet.
Sam’s weight loss guru, nutritionist Amelia Freer, said the key to Smith’s rapid weight loss was eating whole foods and eliminating sugar, processed foods and junk.
“The key is about it being real, getting back in the kitchen, cooking from scratch, making sure they are not relying on junk processed convenience food,” Freer told ABC News March 19.
Amelia said she “doesn’t advocate diets,” but puts an emphasis on making sure her clients eat plenty of fresh, low-starch vegetables and high-quality proteins such as pastured eggs and free-range chicken.
Smith, 22, documented his weight loss on Instagram, where he raved about Freer.
“Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life,” Sam wrote. “Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Everyone go check out her incredible book, and start to live healthy.
Smith added: “It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself. Love you Amelia and thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out @ameliafreer #eatnourishglow.”
Sam Smith’s debut album, In the Lonely Hour, rocketed to #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts.
Freer, author of Eat Nourish Glow, champions a gluten-free Paleo-style diet that consists of high-quality proteins such as organic eggs, free-range chicken and low-starch vegetables.
Amelia Freer doesn’t like labels, but avoids cow dairy, alcohol, processed foods, sugar and grains in her diet, all similar to Paleo principles. Freer promises easy, natural weight loss and improved energy if you follow the principles in Eat Nourish Grow.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Megan Fox and Tim McGraw, who lost 40 pounds with the low-carb Paleo diet and CrossFit.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Holistic health expert Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.