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Scarlet Johansson went raw vegan to "fix my previous diet because that was a Paleo diet" ???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/04/27/scarlett-johansson-relied-on-raw-vegan-diet-to-become-avenger/

In this article, they quote her as saying "The thing is right before we started I was lifting all these weights and eating raw vegan. But the only reason I was doing that was to fix my previous diet because that was a Paleo diet."

Is that a true quote? Does anyone know what she means by fix her previous diet?


I'm guessing down votes are from those who feel we shouldn't waste so much time worrying about what celebrities do. Trust me, I'm in the same boat. I don't care about Scarlet Johansson per se, but articles like this are upsetting because they give mainstream a perfect reason to doubt paleo. I.e., Scarlet has a lot of money/resources/professional trainers etc and she chose raw vegan over paleo AND she got the results she wanted...

The comments below that raw vegan helps maintain a below healthy weight seem plausible, but then why was she also lifting weights? Would weight lifting slow the loss of muscle (and therefore weight/size)? Also, for the character she was playing wouldn't they be going for a small, but muscular build?

VB mentions in comments below that the article I linked above is simply not true and Scarlet actually ate a lot of fish. That seems to answer my question, but with the two competing articles, how do we know which is the truth and which isn't? The Ecorazzi links to an Irish Times article as a source, but then I can't find a source on that article.


FYI - here is link to Irish Times article which says the same thing:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/theticket/2012/0427/1224315215457.html

I don't know how credible of a source Irish Times is, but in theory if the quote is incorrect, they can be forced to print a retraction?

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on May 01, 2012
at 12:15 AM

"articles like this are upsetting because they give mainstream a perfect reason to doubt paleo." - There is nothing anybody can do to change this.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on April 29, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I'm sorry, "loose" vs "lose" is one of my pet peeves-- http://www.lessontutor.com/eeslose.html .

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on April 29, 2012
at 08:55 PM

@VB, you don't need to apologize for a Fox News link. First of all, it's an entertainment page, so who cares? Secondly, Fox News is not any less credible than other mainstream US news links.

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on April 29, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Who cares what some Hollywood celebrity thinks? That's why I downvoted.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on April 29, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Sorry, but the stated purpose of Fox News is to balance out the "liberal bias" of other news organizations. As evidence of this bias, they use statistics that a majority of journalists at other organizations are personally liberals and Fox assumes that this must tilt the news coverage to the left. So to counter an (alleged) unconscious bias at other organizations, Fox consciously tilts their coverage the other way. This is the difference between a normal media organization and propaganda.

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on April 29, 2012
at 10:49 AM

I agree 100% with your comments on her looks, by the way.

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on April 29, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Fair enough. What subject would you suggest? Happy to change it. Or are you saying the question is not worth asking?

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on April 29, 2012
at 05:15 AM

Thank you for clarification, Mike. But your post sounds like a headline to some yellow press. I actually watched her interview (on another channel, you can Google it) and I heard it from the horses (sorry, Scarlet, I love you <3) she eats like tons of Buffalo wings!!!

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on April 29, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Not that you all frequent these parts, but if you wander into your local drugstore and pick up a copy of Star magazine, you'll find quite the unflattering pic of Ms. J's caboose. Tabs do this to stars on occasion just to torture them, esp. when they know the pressure is on for a big role. :(

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I think you meant "the weight coming back in all the *wrong* places."

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Why would somebody down vote this? lol

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:14 PM

This is not true!!! First of all, I LOVE Scarlet Johansson. She is my beauty role model. I do not know any celebrity who would be more beautiful. Secondly, here is the truth: she ate a lot of kale and salmon (how is that for a vegetarian) to get into her cat suit. Here is the link:http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/04/23/avengers-star-scarlett-johansson-addicted-to-buffalo-wings/ I apologize that the link is fox news. I do not associate myself in any shape or form with fox news and I do not support their actions. However, that's the original interview source.

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on April 28, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Sara, that's an amazing before-after :D.

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:29 PM

If you make intermitent fasting (From 16h to 24h) while doing paleo you lose muscular mass, and of course, weight. Apart, if you make a ketogenic diet you lose a lot of weight really, really fast.

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:50 PM

But then why was she "lifting all these weights?" If you are undernourished, does lifting weights make you lose muscle faster? I would have thought that lifting weights slows the process of losing muscle because your body realizes you're using the muscles.

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I think it's because it supports healthy hormone levels and fertility, which allows women to put on "pleasing curves". The current Mark's Daily Apple success story is an example: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/not-your-typical-before-and-afters

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I almost misread "unhealthy" as "healthy!" I would have thought very strict paleo would lean someone out pretty well--especially the low carb versions. What happens on paleo that makes women less lean?

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:33 PM

The ecorazzi article was obviously biased, and to be honest the quote they attribute to her about "fixing" her diet seems stilted and contrived. And really, people. Hate on Fox News all you want, just remember that every major news channel is owned by just a few organizations, and they all have effed up senses of what passes for news. That Fox ruffles your sensibilities does not mean they are worse than the rest.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on April 29, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Sorry, but the stated purpose of Fox News is to balance out the "liberal bias" of other news organizations. As evidence of this bias, they use statistics that a majority of journalists at other organizations are personally liberals and Fox assumes that this must tilt the news coverage to the left. So to counter an (alleged) unconscious bias at other organizations, Fox consciously tilts their coverage the other way. This is the difference between a normal media organization and propaganda.

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:23 PM

she probably gained weight on the "paleo diet" because thats what happens to us women . . . paleo diet doesnt really allow you to sit comfortably at an unhealthy low weight -while raw vegan does.

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:29 PM

If you make intermitent fasting (From 16h to 24h) while doing paleo you lose muscular mass, and of course, weight. Apart, if you make a ketogenic diet you lose a lot of weight really, really fast.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 28, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Sara, that's an amazing before-after :D.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on April 28, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I almost misread "unhealthy" as "healthy!" I would have thought very strict paleo would lean someone out pretty well--especially the low carb versions. What happens on paleo that makes women less lean?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on April 28, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I think it's because it supports healthy hormone levels and fertility, which allows women to put on "pleasing curves". The current Mark's Daily Apple success story is an example: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/not-your-typical-before-and-afters

80890193d74240cab6dda920665bfb6c

(1528)

on April 29, 2012
at 02:42 AM

Not that you all frequent these parts, but if you wander into your local drugstore and pick up a copy of Star magazine, you'll find quite the unflattering pic of Ms. J's caboose. Tabs do this to stars on occasion just to torture them, esp. when they know the pressure is on for a big role. :(

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:47 PM

sooo I'm really out of touch with the world cuz I don't have television or the patience to surf the news on the internet necessarily (I know, I'm a mostly a hermit) but I'm guessing that this "cat suit" business is Scarlett is playing Catwoman in a movie? So I just have to point out that having to LOSE muscle to fit into a stupid latex catsuit to play an agile, and strong superhero (well I don't think Catwoman is technically a superhero but you know what I mean) is freaking ridiculous. How is our society so screwed up. I would way rather see a Catwoman that looks like she might actually be able to kick a**. It's Hollywood, they can make a new damn catsuit. Ugh. It just annoys me.

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on April 29, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Humans did not evolve eating a "raw" diet (although with the caveat that this does not preclude certain foods from having been eaten raw and under particular circumstances a food that would otherwise be cooked may be consumed raw, such as when a hunter is outside of camp) and no society in the past or present has subsisted off of a such a regiment. This does not mean it is ineffective for weight loss however.

As we are ill suited for chewing, digesting, and assimilating a raw dietary, it is inevitable that an extreme calorie deficit with concomitant weight loss will be achieved on a such a regiment.

For more on why I think that "raw" is for monkeys and apes and not humans, you can check out this post that I did on the subject a few weeks ago..."Primal Chefs"

Also, regarding raw veganism and weight loss, check out this study:

"About 30% of the women under 45 years of age had partial to complete amenorrhea; subjects eating high amounts of raw food (> 90%) were affected more frequently than moderate raw food dieters. Conclusions: The consumption of a raw food diet is associated with a high loss of body weight. Since many raw food dieters exhibited underweight and amenorrhea, a very strict raw food diet cannot be recommended on a long-term basis."

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:46 PM

I read it as she was trying to loose muscle to get into her cat suit. That makes perfect since to go vegan to loose muscle. Her previous paleo diet probably had given her good muscle. But of course this muscle does not fit Hollywoods image of slim. I'd rather be paleo and be strong.

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on April 29, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I'm sorry, "loose" vs "lose" is one of my pet peeves-- http://www.lessontutor.com/eeslose.html .

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:50 PM

But then why was she "lifting all these weights?" If you are undernourished, does lifting weights make you lose muscle faster? I would have thought that lifting weights slows the process of losing muscle because your body realizes you're using the muscles.

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on April 30, 2012
at 10:19 PM

She's on the record saying that now that she doesn't have to film The Avengers anymore she's obsessed with chicken wings.

So raw vegan, yeah.

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Because of the loss of muscle induced by self-imposed (Hollywood starlet) starvation, the body cannibalised its muscles to sustain itself, and WHAMO!! you fight quite nicely into your cat suit. However, as Mila Kunis has pointed out in interviews, this type of rapid weight loss for a part is quite dangerous, and usually results in the weight coming back in all the right places...

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I think you meant "the weight coming back in all the *wrong* places."

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Scarlett was already a healthy size for her height, and in Hollywood, MAKING a suit to fit her is no problem. She had pressure from someone else to become a size that was less than healthy, and therefore, had to resort to a diet that helps you lose muscle fat and maintain an unhealthy weight to "fit" into the suit and size they had in mind for her. I hate Fox News and Hollywood btw...It doesn't get much better than Scarlett's natural curves.

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on April 28, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Look at the writers credentials, something has been eskewed by bias.

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