Bone broth diet: Gwyneth Paltrow's recipe for disaster

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When I say bone broth diet, do you think… Gwyneth Paltrow?

Gwyneth has been all over the news sharing how she lost her quarantine weight-gain by going on a bone broth diet.

And all her bone broth diet talk reminded me of the MAJOR mistake I made when I first tried to lose weight at 14 years old.

Bone broth diet: Gwyneth Paltrow's recipe for disaster
And I kept making the same mistake at 15 years old, 16, 17… and every year after until I turned 24 and finally said: no more dieting!

When I stopped dieting 22 years ago, I lost 30 pounds for good.

The bone broth diet is amateur hour

But so easy to fall into because the diet industry conditions us to believe super-fast weight loss is a good idea.


A bone broth diet sets you up to fail, big time.

Big time (!)

Even if you have a fancy-schmancy doctor like GP. Who’s not a GP.

Gwyneth Paltrow is the CEO of Goop

You know… the lifestyle brand that faces criticism regularly for marketing products, like Moon Juice ‘Brain Dust’, that are sold on pseudoscience and recognized as misleading or harmful by the medical establishment.

In August 2017, the consumer advocacy group Truth in Advertising filed a complaint in California regarding “deceptive” health claims made by Goop regarding 51 products, including Jade vaginal eggs. The company settled the suit, agreeing to pay $145,000, issue refunds, and be subject to a five-year injunction under which it may not suggest that its products have “ingredients, uses or benefits which they do not have. At the time of the settlement, Goop had sold around 3,000 eggs.”
– Truth In Advertising, People & The Hollywood Reporter

But you don’t need science to prove that the bone broth diet is a self-defeating choiceespecially if you want to:

  1. unlock your HAPPY weight
  2. never think about it again
  3. and get on with living a BIG life

You just need to STOP jumping onto the next diet.

Then you can press pause, reflect and apply all that deep-in-your-gut common sense that you popped into this beautiful world with.

Duped by the diet industry

Most of my 1:1 clients have this same epiphany around week 5 of working together… They realize they’ve been duped by the diet industry. I mean, so many mainstream diets won’t let you even eat clementines (because this popular diet says clementines have too many carbs!!!) Other diets warn you to stay away from tomatoes. Some diets are against eating potatoes when they’re hot vs. cold. Girls and women everywhere (and guys too) are scared to eat bread. And pizza.


Eating just isn’t that complicated!

PS I was super stressed out about eating carbs too, especially stuff like white bread, for years! But I lost 30 pounds eating regular FOOD FOR FUEL. Like a sandwich for lunch. Or pizza and salad for dinner. Check out this ONE DAY Meal Plan (you can also get it at the end of this post) to see an example of the big meals and snacks that unlocked my HAPPY weight when I stopped dieting.

Why am I warning you about the bone broth diet?

I’m also not a GP. But I love ❤️ to share what I wish someone had told me when I struggled with my weight.

I went from diet-to-diet for a decade.
Then one day I stopped and realized dieting wasn’t getting me anywhere!
(Dieting was actually making my grades, friendships and ability to compete in the sports I love, WORSE.)
And by dieting I gained 20 more pounds along with the initial 10 I set out to lose. That’s 30 extra pounds in total.
Finally I was willing to try something new.

So I’m shouting out at the top of my lungs:

I hope you'll stop dieting too!

Bone broth diet confuses your body

My last blog post was all about Goldilocks and how going to extremes makes it hard to lose weight.

goldilocks unlocks your happy weight

Extremes, like:

  • having a salad for lunch, getting so hungry in the afternoon you eat a big snack and then skipping dinner
  • only having fruit for breakfast, eating half a pastry with a friend mid-morning and then over-exercising to make up for it
  • starving yourself all day, bingeing at night and then purging (a vicious cycle I was caught in for years)

The thing is, all these wild shifts in behavior sloooooooooooow down your metabolism and put it into survival mode.

Then it’s hard to lose weight and easy to gain it.

Bone broth diet is restricting, which leads to overeating

Bingeing is your body’s NATURAL response to dieting.

Restricting leads to overeating and bingeing

See if you can spot a pattern of EXTREMES with another gal with golden hair who’s name also starts with “G”.

Why Gwyneth went on a bone broth diet

Gwyneth gained weight over nine months while quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic.

I was absolutely no holds barred. I gained 14 pounds… But I just didn’t want to do anything about it, really. I felt like my wine and my pasta and biscuits and crackers and cheese were getting me through.
-Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth also said that she “was moving around less than she normally did” on a work day.

I think that’s the same for a lot of us!

When you’re leaving your home to get to class on campus, arrive in the flesh at your office or volunteer at a nursing home, there’s tons of movement built into your day from taking the stairs down to the subway or running over to Carrie’s cubicle to ask a question (and compliment her on her hair).

Plus so many gyms have closed.

During the pandemic a lot of people’s healthy routines have been, in the words of Mr. E. Presley, all shook up.

And many people have gained weight.

So… what’s the solution?

Is doing the bone broth diet the best next step?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while I hope you can guess what I’m going to say.

You do not need to diet to lose weight!

You just need to cut out the excess.

Ditch the bone broth diet

Let’s super-sleuth Gwyneth’s Covid weight gain by having a look at her eating and exercise routine.

Then we’ll see how she could unlock her H 🙂 PPY weight without dieting.

G’s quarantine EATING routine changed with more:

  • wine
  • pasta
  • biscuits
  • crackers
  • cheese

And she described her eating behavior as “absolutely no holds barred” because that approach helped her “get through” the pandemic.

This description suggests her eating was emotional.

Emotional eating:
Eating often excessively in the response to unhappiness, boredom, stress or other emotion, and not due to physical hunger.

All of Gwyneth’s food choices are absolutely fine to eat

I eat them all the time.

(I literally just made a tuna-pasta-cheese dish for lunch that included mushrooms, zucchini and onions fried in butter and then I threw a handful of cherry tomatoes on top. Usually I just have a super-quick sandwich but we were out of bread.)

But if you’re NOT eating cheese, pasta and the other foods Gwyneth listed:

a) when you’re hungry
b) as part of a ROUGHLY balanced meal made MOSTLY of whole foods

…like the proportions found in my most-favorite-ever info graphic: THE Eatwell Guide:

Eatwell Guide - the10principles(brought to you by England’s National Health Services)

Then yes, eating those foods will contribute to weight gain.

G’s quarantine EXERCISING routine changed with less:

  • moving around during the day

You know, those 10 000 steps we’re supposed to do each day?

…whether it’s racing back up the stairs before you leave the house to check (for the 3rd time) that your hair straightener is DEFINITELY unplugged (that’s me!) Or jetting out of the office at lunch to grab a full-fat latte.

All those steps add up!

But if you’re sitting at home and not:

👢 “on set” filming movies,
🥿 getting Vogue cover shoots,
👠 gracing the MET Gala red carpet
👟 or jetting off to Goop headquarters to make moon juice…

You’re not going to move your body much.

So… if I was working with Gwyneth, I’d suggest that we find a new way to be physically active at home each day.

Trading in Le bone broth diet for The GOLD Standard Routine

Yup, simply by:

Cutting out the excess
to make her meals and snacks more balanced
Adding a little movement each day
to give her metabolism a kick

Gwyneth could’ve got into a GOLD Standard Routine and unlocked her HAPPY weightwithout going on a bone broth diet.

Or going on any diet.

And her body would have thanked her… BIG TIME!

Stop dieting. Just cut out the excess!

Why go from eating “absolutely no holds barred” to a bone broth diet?

Stop going to EXTREMES and get yourself into The Gold Standard Routine routine.

What’s The GOLD Standard Routine?

Well, it’s all about using FOOD FOR FUEL and moving your body.

Eat ROUGHLY balanced meals and snacks made MOSTLY of whole foods
(so you get all the energy and nutrients your body needs from REAL food)
Plus the occasional treat
exercise 3 X’s a week for 25 minutes
(so you get your heart rate up)
and take your bod for a walk each day.

I just said “bod” to make sure you’re not drifting off because the GSR is life-changing. And I don’t say that lightly.

I’m speaking first hand.

(I love when other people say “bod”. But I just can’t pull it off. Though I try… )

take your bod for a walk

The BEST part of my day is taking my dog, Rocky, for a walk

Or as I often blurt out by mistake: Taking Walky for a rock.

I just can’t say no to that face in wind, rain, snow or Covid.

And hey! You can always find a window in the day when it’s dry or even sunny.

Most of the photos on my blog were taken while cruising the town with my dog. (Out there is waaaaay more interesting than in my kitchen!)

…Including the one at the top of this post (where I’m wearing a striped shirt and holding Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook).

And if you were walking your dog while we were taking that photo.

Or running.

Or riding your bike.

…This is what you would’ve seen:

This is what you would've seen on the side of the road

There were a few dandelions near a path by a ditch. So Alex stood over me and took a few pics.

Sorry to shatter the illusion that we do high-end-Gwyneth-style photo-shoots. (There was no Craft Service.) That I was lying in an endless field of dandelions. Or even that the grass was dry.

(Why do dandelions get a bad rap? I think they’re beautiful.)

But getting back to the bone broth diet, let’s be clear…

I’m not saying bone broth isn’t good for you

It is!

Bone broth is nothing short of magic for people and pups.

When Rocky is under the weather, his vet always tells us to give him bone broth with a lit-o-bit of rice. And it always does the trick. So we keep some on hand in the freezer. Plus he loves it so we give it to him as a healthy snack here and there:

Stay away from florescent dog treats and give animals treats made with real FOOD FOR FUEL.

Also, so many people swear by bone broth because it’s packed with nutrients and it’s all natural. So bone broth is great to make part of a balanced meal or snack or perfect as the base of a soup.

But for people who want to:

Unlock their HAPPY weight
& normalize their relationship with food
so the physical and mental results of weight loss are healthy and lasting

The bone broth diet is just another quick-fix with short term results that contributes to being “on” and “off” diets… which slows down your metabolism.

Or as Meena Hart Duerson, a correspondent for The TODAY Show concluded:

“The bone broth diet is a trend”

Here’s what Meena reported back to The TODAY Show, after going on the bone broth diet under doctor supervision for a week:

Meena reported back to the TODAY show, after going on the bone broth diet for a week under doctor supervision

You can’t be on the bone broth diet forever

So what will you do after you’ve lost weight?

Once you eventually go off the bone broth diet you’ll likely indulge. Then go back on a new diet and start restricting again.

Stop building unhealthy habits between diets!

(Again, something I did for 10 years.)


Stop dieting.

Instead, build a healthy lifestyle you love by eating real FOOD FOR FUEL (and happiness!)

Say bye-bye to extremes and get into The Gold Standard Routine!

Bone broth diet gives short term results

If you want to lose weight for good, you need to lose it the same way you want to keep it off.

Cut back on the excess and make your healthy lifestyle a habit.

Nobody needs to diet!

Bone broth diet aside…

I’m sure Gwyneth is a ton of fun. I also love her entrepreneurial spirit. And she’s always had a great sense of humor when people take the mick, as the Brits say, out of her brand.

The New York Times calls parodying Goop a national pastime

Here’s a few examples:

In 2016 a book parodying Goop called Glop: Nontoxic Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious was published and included advice like: Our modern lifestyles are absolutely full of toxins—nearly everything we come into daily contact with, from Egyptian cotton sheets to 8-carat diamonds to yacht paint, is dangerously noxious.

Bone broth diet: hotdog water anyone?A performance artist sold “Hot Dog Water” outside the fourth In Goop Health summit. It was a bottle of water with a hotdog inside, which parodied a product sold on Goop with a crystal inside a bottle of water.

On Season 12, Episode 8 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag queen contestants were challenged to “create and market ridiculously extravagant products for the new drag queen lifestyle brand, Droop.”

In September 2015, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert began a recurring sketch about his spoof lifestyle brand Covetton House, which promotes everyday products with fancy names and jacked-up prices.

Source: Wikipedia

If you subscribe to the idea that: There’s no such thing as bad publicity (first said by P.T. Barnum, a showman and politician), then parodies are a Goop’s best friend. But our Gwyneth might prefer to align herself with something Oscar Wilde said:

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
– Oscar Wilde, Irish poet

Stay away from the bone broth diet

And celebrity diets in general!

Gwyneth and all her celebrity friends love spending tons of money working with experts to try obscure diets that complicate the whole act of unlocking your HAPPY weight.

That’s why Gwyneth is always on a new diet!!!


Even her exercise routine is extreme.

Not necessary.

(So many people who are a healthy weight make weight loss complicated!)

Move over bone broth diet

Because you, dear reader, have a body that isn’t different.

Your body is the same as your brother’s, aunts and your friend who all seem effortlessly fit… all people who eat a sandwich for lunch, don’t count calories and are in shape and healthy.

You simply need to eat natural FOOD AS FUEL, then you’ll fill up naturally and “Ta-da!”… lose weight naturally.

As one of my clients emailed me to say:

Recently I realized that when I was starting diets, I’d easily drop between $200-500 just to start. Whether I was buying their proprietary pills or “on-plan” meals (which, BTW, tasted like straight up soupy cardboard), or just grocery shopping for all the special new sugar subs or gluten-free flours, that sh*t added up. But, once I worked with you, BAM! grocery bills were half or less what they were when I was “on a diet.” Why? Because I’m buying real food. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheese, grains. Waaaay cheaper than any GNC powders or internet exclusive elixirs. So, if people are on the fence about that, you might remind them how this is actually going to save them beaucoup money in the long run.
Lindi Conover-Thompson, Grant-writing Strategist, USA

Use real food for fuel for happiness

Your body LOVES real food

So get your bod (!) to a grocery store and start wheeling your cart around the perimeter where you’ll find fruit & veg, fish & meat, farmer’s market quality baked bread and (is there a word for diary that starts with “f” to keep this flow… ?)


Frais lait?

Which is kinda French for fresh milk.

Or if you’re a vegan (I love ❤️ you and am working to be like you) there’s all sorts of dairy alternatives.

Fresh stuff is always on the outside of a store

(If you’ve read my book you’ll recognize that pic from Pg. 34. The 2nd Edition has been out for a few months! Yay!)

The FRESH food is around the walls of the supermarket because there are plugs on walls for fridges that keep food that rots cold.

Eat food that rots!

Stay away, as much as you can, from the stuff that’s packed with preservatives (and food coloring, artificial flavors, sweeteners and so on) and a sell-by-date for 2024. Though you could eat it in 2054… the purpose of the date on processed food is for stock rotation.

And remember, if you’ve been dieting for a long time, it will take a little bit of time for your metabolism to bounce back.

But good things come to those who wait.

Patience is a virtue.

Make Today Count

make today count - the10principlesWhat fresh food can you work into your next meal?

You could…

Add an apple to your oatmeal.

Cut up a cucumber to plate with your sandwich.

Zoodle your zucchini, add pesto and… PRESTO, you got yourself a gourmet side-dish made of natural food.

(A friend of mine suggested that to me last week and it’s gorgeous!)

Build Healthy Eating and Exercise Habits & A Healthy Weight Will Follow

Bone broth diet: Gwyneth Paltrow's recipe for disaster - summary

Next Steps

Focus on one meal at a time. Take baby steps and keep moving forward. Want a ONE DAY Meal Plan to try out that’s part of The GSR? You’ll find one at the end of this post.

Are you Country Strong?

On the outside it’s easy to look fragile. But I’m betting there’s something on the inside that you just can’t crush.

That’s why you’re here.

You know what’s possible for you. ❤️

Angela WarmThis post about Gwyneth Paltrow and the Bone Broth Diet, is part of the “Food as Fuel for Happiness” Blog carnival organised by Warm Wellness. Check out some of Angela’s articles, such as this one about Curbing Sugar Cravings.

I’ve had the honor of collaborating with Angela before, as the Emotional Eating Expert in her Program: Immunity & Beyond.

What was your biggest take-away from this post about abandoning the bone broth diet and using real food for fuel and happiness?

Let me know in the comments below. I love knowing what resonated with you.

PS I found that striped shirt on a dog walk (and the Zoodle Machine!) It’s been washed on HOT, just like the sheets at the Ritz. But the sleeves are too long for me so I’m donating it.

Kelly Clark



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