Top nutritionist attacks Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website over weight loss article
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website has been attacked by a top nutritionist over a six-month-old article about losing weight fast.
The actress’ lifestyle newsletter-turned-blog has come under fire from religious leaders and consumers in recent months for helping to promote unorthodox health and beauty techniques and over-the-top expensive items, like retreats and yoga mats.
And now revered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert has turned on Gwyneth’s Goop after checking out a new weight loss question-and-answer piece, titled How To Lose Weight Fast, featuring tips from trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson, one of Paltrow’s longtime friends.
Lambert tells The Independent newspaper, “Firstly it is important to note that fast weight loss is often not body fat but the number on the scales shifting, often from water weight, which is why I always advocate a healthy balanced approach over time to losing actually (sic) body fat as weight.
“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 is particularly upset by Anderson’s suggestion that those seeking a “jump-start” on dieting should work out daily and cut out gluten, insisting the advice is “utterly scientifically incorrect”.
“In some cases, the stress on the body alone may delay and hinder any desired weight loss,” she says. “Numerous research has demonstrated that every diet, be it low carb, high carb, low fat or high fat will only work owed to overall energy reduction, not because of the food group itself…
“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.”
And she warns those reading Anderson’s piece that “quick fixes never last”, adding, “They are just that: quick and not sustainable. In fact, they may end up affecting how you manage your weight long term.”
Responding to the backlash, a Goop spokeswoman says, “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.”