The Weird Eating Habits That Helped Jimmy Kimmel Drop 25 Pounds

Lately, it seems like Jimmy Kimmel is everywhere.

When he’s not hosting the Oscars, he’s making us all tear up with updates about his son Billy’s heart condition.

And in between, he manages to find time to be an accidental viral video star, or to shoot the breeze with Ellen DeGeneres.

But with Kimmel constantly on our TVs and computer screens these days, it’s easy to forget just how different he used to look.

By his own account, Kimmel grew up as a binge eater, with a love for greasy food like pizza and chicken wings.

He blames his love for food on growing up with an Italian mother, and on living in Las Vegas – where the streets are lined with all-you-can-eat buffets.

But Kimmel says he never watched his waistline, or even owned a scale until he bought one on a whim in 2010.

When he stepped on, he was stunned to see he weighed 208 pounds.

Kimmel with guest Matt Damon in 2008.ABC

Around the same time, TV host Dr. Oz teased Kimmel for his size during an appearance on his show.

The next day, Oz called Kimmel back to tell him he was serious.

“I’m worried about you. You’re a young man. You have to take care of yourself,” the doctor told him.

“You know what?” Kimmel told Men’s Journal about the intervention, “Dr. Oz shouldn’t care more about my health more than I do.”

Kimmel’s first attempt to lose weight was dangerous and severe, but the TV host explains that “there’s no dipping my toe in the water” for him.

“I’m all the way in,” he explained.

That meant limiting himself to “two protein shakes and a very small dinner every day” for two months.

Afterwards, Kimmel “eased up,” moving to a strict 2,000-calorie-per-day limit.

The crash diet helped Kimmel shed weight quickly, but these days he has a more relaxed – but still bizarre – diet plan.

8 “Unhealthy” Food And Drinks That Are Actually Good For Your Health

When it comes to what constitutes as a healthy diet, there are a number of conflicting point of views shared by food and health experts.

There are certain foods products, like sugar, that we can all agree are bad for our health, but the verdict is still out for lot of other foods we consume frequently, like chocolate, alcohol and red meat.

The thing is anything can be “bad” for you if you eat too much of it, so the key is moderation. So if you were thinking of cutting out some of your favorite foods from your diet, check out this list first before you make up your mind:

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Before you get a little too excited and go on a chocolate binge, let me clarify that not all chocolate is considered good for your health. However, dark cocoa has some wonderful benefits, including improving your overall heart health and providing your body with antioxidants. If you really aren’t a fan of dark chocolate, opt for milk chocolate that contains low sugar and at least 50% cocoa.

There’s a misconception that cheese is bad for you because it has a high saturated fat content, however, according to registered dietitian Abby Langer, this is simply not true. She explained that the saturated fats in dairy isn’t nearly as harmful as the ones found in beef.

“Really, the only problem with cheese is that most people can’t control themselves when they eat it,” Langer said. Adding that cheese is a good source of calcium and dairy overall has anti-inflammatory properties.

As with everything else in life, if you don’t over consume, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of whiskey. The liquor contains high levels of “ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps destroy cells that can cause illnesses such as cancer and heart disease,” according to Daily Mail.

A study carried out by Harvard’s School of Public Health also found that drinking alcohol, like whiskey, in moderate amounts can help raise the good cholesterol levels in your body. This will protect you from developing heart disease.

Dietitian Says Having Pizza For Breakfast Isn’t A Bad Idea After All

Gather round everyone, we have good news!

Dietitian and blogger Chelsey Amer has made all of our wildest dreams come true. In a new interview with the Chicago Tribune, she argues that it’s actually healthier to start your day with a slice of pizza than a bowl of breakfast cereal.

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We don’t need to be convinced, but if you’re feeling confused, let Amer explain.

“You may be surprised to find out that an average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same amount of calories,” she told the paper.

“However, pizza packs a much larger protein punch, which will keep you full and boost satiety throughout the morning.”

When you also consider that your average bowl of cereal contains much more sugar than a slice of pepperoni and cheese, the choice becomes obvious.

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Amer says the swap could even help you avoid the mid-morning “sugar crash” that comes after enjoying your cereal bowl.

If you’re not ready to make the jump to a morning meat lover’s just yet, Amer has more advice to help you eat smarter in the morning.

Gluten-Free Diets Are Doing More Harm Than Good, Here’s Why

As our society becomes more food conscious, we’re introduced to more new-age health trends that sound like they would make sense, when really they don’t.

Now the biggest dietary trend is going gluten-free, even if you and your family haven’t been advised by a medical professional to do so.

It’s not only health food stores that are stocked up in gluten-free foods, but you’ll also find these dry, crumbly, stale breads, spaghetti and cookies in regular supermarkets.

It’s puzzling as to how this diet became so widespread in the U.S., since very few people are diagnosed with the disease.

It’s estimated that more than 100 million Americans are trying to cut down on gluten, and more than 10 million households are gluten-free. However, only 1% of the U.S. population suffers from the agonizing condition, celiac disease, which requires those individuals to avoid gluten from their diet.

What’s marketed to be good for your health may not be making much of an impact at all.

According to health experts, there is “no evidence” that avoiding the proteins found in wheat, rye and barley are doing you good, and in some cases, it may be doing you harm (like exposing you to high levels of toxic metals.)

Betty White Reveals The Secret To Her Long Life And It Is Not What You’d Expect

For as long as we’ve existed, humans have been obsessed with the idea of eternal youth and longevity. We’re constantly on the lookout for products that promise to make us look and feel younger, and extend our life expectancy.

Every so often, we come across people older than us who are willing to share their secrets to living longer. More recently, Theresa Rowley, a 104-year-old woman claimed that her daily consumption of Diet Coke is how she managed to stay alive this long, despite the fact that these types of sugary drinks are frowned upon by health experts.

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“I drink it because I like it,” Theresa said. “I’m going shopping Wednesday, and I need more Diet Coke. I have a bag full of empty Diet Coke cans that I need to return to buy more Diet Coke.”

Turns out, Rowley isn’t the only senior who opted for an not-so-healthy approach when it comes to their diet habits.

Actress Betty White, 95, has recently opened up about her secrets to longevity and it involves some interesting food and drink choices.

Audrey Hepburn’s Son Reveals Her Coveted Diet Secrets

When legendary actress  and style icon Audrey Hepburn passed away in 1993, she was survived by her two sons, Sean Ferrer, from her first marriage to Mel Ferrer, and Luca Dotti, whom she had with her second husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.

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The brothers have since been honoring their famous mother’s legacy in a lot of different ways, including setting up a charity, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. They’ve also opened up a few times about what life was like living with the actress, and have often shared some interesting things we would’ve never known otherwise.

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More recently, Dotti has written a cookbook, a tribute to his mother titled Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen. In the book, he touches on Hepburn’s favorite healthy foods, her outlook on life, and her best beauty secrets, all of which helped her maintain a youthful appearance up until her death.

Dig In: Weight Watchers Announces 200 Foods Are Now 0 Points

Are you dreading your New Year’s resolution before it’s even started?

Slimming down after the holiday season might be a little easier this year, thanks to Weight Watchers. The diet brand is more than 50 years old, and the company admits they’re struggling to attract customers while competing with all kinds of fad diets and exercise trends.

Oprah Winfrey appeared in commercials for the weight loss brand.NYDN

In the past, the brand relied on celebrity endorsements from big names like Oprah Winfrey to attract customers, but that just doesn’t cut it anymore. Instead, Weight Watchers has retooled their famous “SmartPoints” system, and the good news is you can indulge on some of your favorite foods without worrying.

SmartPoints works by matching your dietary needs to a number, which you’re supposed to stay under by eating foods with low numbers assigned to them. Keep under your number, and you should lose one or two pounds per week.

That just got way easier, because Weight Watchers has expanded their list of zero point foods, which you can enjoy as much as you like without raising your SmartPoints score. CEO Mindy Grossman hopes that adding healthy treats like fat-free yogurt and skinless chicken breasts to the list will attract more interest in the diet.

Certain Kinds of yogurt are now zero points.Healthy Eating

“It will attract Weight Watchers members that see this and say, ‘This looks like something I want to come back to,'” she said.

But there’s also real science behind their choices, and the new list has a lot of great options we’re going to enjoy.

Royal Family’s Private Chef Dishes On The Meals They Can’t Pass Up, Reveals What To Expect At Harry’s Wedding

Feeding one of the world’s most important families must be a stressful job, especially because they’re all very picky eaters.

Darren McGrady was the Royal Family’s private chef between 1982 and 1993, and in that time he learned a lot about the royals just from their eating habits. And if “you are what you eat,” then it’s no wonder Her Royal Highness is so healthy at 91-years-old.

Cake and chocolate are the Queen’s few indulgences.The Express

Despite the huge banquets you’ll spot the Queen attending, when she dines alone she’s much stricter about her diet. McGrady reports that she mostly eats some grilled fish with vegetables, and rarely enjoys anything with carbs. “The Queen’s not really bothered about food,” McGrady says. “All she cares about are horses and dogs.”

Prince Philip goes in for healthy eating too, maybe because of his time in the Navy. And as for Prince Charles, McGrady reveals he was “organic before organic was even invented.”

But while their everyday diet is impressive, McGrady shares the Royal Family’s weakness: chocolate. “The Queen is a chocoholic,” he explains, “so anything we put on the menu the Queen would pass, if it had chocolate in it.”

McGrady says reports of the Queen’s “heavy drinking” are exaggerated. Travel and Leisure

That includes chocolate cake with her afternoon tea. But McGrady says despite what you’ve read, the Queen doesn’t do much day drinking. “She’d be pickled if she drank that much.”

Meanwhile, the young princes are just as picky about what they like to eat.

10 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods That Actually Taste Good

You may not realize it right away, but eating excess amounts of certain foods can easily increase your cholesterol level.

Your body naturally makes the cholesterol it needs, but when you consume foods that contain high amounts of it, you risk the chance of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol building up in your arteries, which could trigger heart problems.

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What you want to be eating are foods that lower LDL or boost high-density lipoproteins (HDL). If you aren’t sure where to start, below are 10 foods that you can add to your diet to keep your cholesterol level in check and lower your risk of heart disease. Just remember to always consult a doctor beforehand.

1. Pumpkin

The orange gourd tends to be overlooked as a superfood mainly because it is used in so many unhealthy recipes. However, pumpkin is very rich in fiber and antioxidants, both of which do wonders for your cholesterol level.

2. High pectin fruits

Apples, strawberries and citrus fruits contain high levels of pectin, a soluble fiber that’s effective in reducing LDL.

3. Nuts

Fiber-laden nuts like pistachios, almonds, peanuts and walnuts can help increase your good cholesterol (HDL), while lowering your LDL. Studies also show that these nuts protect your body from oxidative stress, which in turn improves your cardiac health.

4. Fatty Fish

According to the Harvard Health Publishing, eating omega-3-rich fish like sardines will boost your HDL while reducing triglycerides in the blood. They also protect the heart by preventing the onset of abnormal heart rhythms.

5. Beans

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Not only are beans like chickpeas, lentils, navy and kidney beans great sources of protein, they also contain soluble fiber that will you have you feeling full longer so you don’t overeat throughout the day.

6 Bizarre Diets Of Really Famous People

All of us know someone who has raved about their diet. Whether trying no-carb or low-carb, vegetarian or gluten-free, they talk about how the biggest change has been to their personality. Let’s take a look at these celebrities and see if history has proved if what we eat makes us who we are!

It should come as no surprise that the iconic entrepreneur and CEO of Apple rooted his diet on a largely fruit-based structure. In fact it is how he came up with the name for the company itself! Jobs was vegan for most of his life, but would often fast or eat only carrots and apples for weeks on end.

It seems that this Hollywood bad boy even rebelled against his own bodily drives. Brando was known to struggle with an over-eating disorder, consuming breakfasts of cereals, sausages, and stacks of pancakes in one sitting. He had been known to break the locks off of refrigerators that his family installed, too.

Known for his peculiar journalism tactics and avid drug-use, Hunter S. Thompson listed his perfect breakfast in his autobiography as “a personal ritual that can only be properly observed alone, and in a spirit of genuine excess. The food factor should always be massive: four bloody marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon or corned beef hash with diced chillies, a Spanish omelette or eggs benedict, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of key lime pie, two margaritas, and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert.”

For many individuals, what they eat can be surprising based on their temperament, but here are the very weird diets of historical figures that make you say, “Oh, that makes sense”. Prepare yourself!