Victoria Beckham's secret to lose the baby weight
by Louise D'Allura on September 10th, 2011

I recently saw in the media some commentary around Victoria Beckham’s diet – rumoured to be a diet called the ‘Five Hands’ diet. Finding anything legitimate about it is proving to be a challenge.

According to Grazia Magazine she is following it to taper her figure in time for a grand unveiling at New York Fashion Week from September 8-15.

Now what I’ve found interesting in all this is reading the comments on websites and noticing what is being talked about. Now I’ve never really taken notice of what Ms Beckham has been doing (other than her incredible brand extension strategies post Spice Girls!)..... but I have to admit I’m a little intrigued by all the interest in it!

“A source told the magazine that she has cut out sugar and has been snacking on miniscule portions of smoked salmon, prawns with chilli, yellow-fin tuna sushi and scrambled eggs.”

“Five days after giving birth, she started eating five high-protein meals a day accompanied by green vegetables, drinking gallons of water, and only snacking on goji berries and nuts.”

Now most of the comments I’ve read on websites in response to these reports have focused on “she’s only snacking on goji berries and nuts” and unfortunately and ignoring the potential positive aspects of what she IS doing. While there are lots of questions about it and there is little to no info on it, I'm wondering if the five hands refers to the size of the protein or the whole meal? If it is the size of the protein serve then she is actually eating an appropriate sized serving of lean protein i.e. hand/ palm size (if you look at Trudy William’s This = That you’ll see what I mean – a palm size serving is all you need of lean protein). This combined with green vegetables. Sounds reasonable too. It is also reported that she has included loads of water, and is eating nuts and berries as snacks. Again that sounds reasonable. What’s even better - cutting out sugar (=unnecessary calories!) and salt - doesn’t sound too outlandish does it?

Now while there are some big questions over the alleged diet's nutritional adequacy (e.g. calcium) especially if she is breastfeeding, I guess I was just shocked at how shocked the people commenting were that her diet was "ridiculous". Maybe interms of portion size if it is 5 handfuls all up - but if it just refers to portion size of protein, I think it is a better than average effort by a celebrity to eat well.

Anyhow reading these comments really got me thinking about what does mainstream thinking consider a ‘healthy’ diet to be? Should we be shocked by what Victoria Beckham is eating - no sugar and no salt!? Or applauding her for eating 5 smaller meals of fish, eggs, with lots of green vegetables and snacking on nuts and berries?

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