Anyways, I was reading an article about "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet"
It seems like it may be borderline ED
(Lagerfeld lost a ton of weight recently)
I was wondering what your opinions on it were.
'I lost weight to be a good clotheshorse'
No more red meat... or cherries
Fashion is the best motivation for losing weight, says Karl Lagerfeld, who shed six and a half stone in just over a year
On November 1, 2000, I decided that I was no longer happy with my physique. Until then, I had got along fine with my excess weight and I had no health problems (or – which would be worse – emotional problems), but I suddenly wanted to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane, who used to work for Saint Laurent and now creates the Dior Homme collections. But these fashions, modelled by very, very slim boys, required me to lose at least six of my 16 stone.
Lagerfeld before (left) and after: 'For me, a diet without complicated instructions is not a diet'
I had already begun to limit my purchases from Japanese designers – I had seen a bit too much of their oversized designs and I was tired of wearing them. They had given me good and loyal service over more than 10 years – it was my body I was no longer satisfied with. I said to myself: "You work in fashion and fashion means change. If you don't like your image, you only have to change it."
I think that, for women as well as men, fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight. It is not a good idea to wait until you are ill or unhappy before going on a diet. I wasn't really giving in to a narcissistic impulse either. It was time for a change, that was all.
For my professional credibility, it was good to be able to prove that I am capable of creating transformations, not only with my designs but also in my own appearance. The boots, the shirts, the black trousers – the whole panoply – represented a sort of camouflage. It worked perfectly and I lived very well in those outfits – or rather behind them. The dark glasses, the fan – they were like a wall between the world and myself.
At the end of the Sixties, I used to go to a body-building club in the eighth arrondissement in Paris at least four times a week, and stay there for three hours at a time. I wasn't ambitious at the time and I didn't work very much, except at fitness training. Then, one day in the early Seventies, I realised that it bored me to death and I stopped. I started to put on weight, so I invented an item of clothing called the "over-blouse" – a very loosely cut shirt with a scarf over a second shirt. Everybody started to wear them: Jackie Onassis, Antonio, Julien Clerc.
In 1978, I suddenly got tired of the bohemian look. I was almost 40. I adopted a slightly more serious look and put on a bit of weight. There is nothing worse than looking longingly at clothes that you would like to wear but which are definitely too tight for you. After joining Chanel in 1983, I said to myself: "You would do well to go on a diet." I lost 15 kilos and all my clothes looked just right again.
Then, when my friend Jacques fell ill, I started to lose interest in my appearance. I felt old-fashioned in my smart, made-to-measure Italian clothes. I started to buy my clothes from Matsuda, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. I went from small to medium, from medium to large, then to extra large. During the Nineties, I let myself go more and more because I had other priorities – collections, fashion houses, photography – and I was no longer my main interest. Perhaps my narcissism had disappeared, or was on the back burner.
And then, four years ago, taking a completely professional look at things, I said to myself: "Times have changed and it's in your interests to change as well before you become a pale imitation of yourself. You want to wear the clothes that you see but, in the state that you are in, those clothes have no appeal on you." And with the help of Dr Jean-Claude Houdret, I lost six and a half stone in 13 months.
The basic principle of my diet is no fats. You also have to eat certain types of food at certain times of the day, give up sugar, cream and rice, and not drink, apart from litres and litres of water, tea in the morning and strong coffee after lunch – that's what kept me going. For me, a diet without complicated instructions is not a diet. At the beginning, I had a weekly programme to follow. For six months, my breakfast consisted of only two slices of bread with half a grapefruit. After six months, I progressed to two slices of bread with a low-fat yogurt. Previously, I hadn't liked yogurt; it was a real problem. But I got used to it and now I go to sleep dreaming of the yogurt I am going to have the next morning.
I think I adapted to the diet fairly easily because I have never smoked or taken drugs and have never drunk much alcohol. In other words, you have to be a real bore like me for the diet to work. I needed discipline to prepare all the little tablets which have to be taken at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The little rituals are essential. Breakfast is at eight, lunch at one and dinner at eight – that's very important. You can have a homoeopathic granule if you are too hungry, but it's essential not to eat anything between meals or between eight in the evening and eight in the morning. I lost five stone between November and May. Then I spent August in Biarritz, and when I went back to Paris a month before the pret-à-porter collections I had gone down to 10 stone. By the time of the fashion shows, I had lost another three quarters of a stone, not through overwork but through iron discipline. Dior had to take in all the clothes they had made for me by two sizes.
At the beginning, my skin was not in danger because there was enough fat below it. After four or five months, I asked my doctor: "Don't you think that my face and body will all fall apart if I lose any more weight?"
I started using skin preparations. You must never go to bed without cleansing your skin and putting creams on your face and body. Nowadays, you have to cleanse your skin as if you had been wearing make-up, just to remove the dust.
I do 15 minutes of weight training three times a week. I have a tendency to be muscular, so I don't overdo it. I live in a huge place with lots of stairs and I'm always on the go. I wonder if I really need to do sport because when I dance I feel as if I am made of rubber. You can pinch me anywhere but you won't get hold of any flesh. But I didn't go on the diet so that people could grope me or to be sexy – I wanted to be a good clotheshorse.
Going on a diet because of clothes is a superficial reason; there's no obligation and nothing in your life depends on it, apart from your wardrobe. If you have a sense of humour, you can make fun of yourself. You have to treat it as an unimportant challenge and that's why you succeed – because it isn't really important. You don't have to lose weight – you want to.
You have to give yourself orders as if you were a young army recruit. You have to be your own officer and tell the soldier what you want of him; how he must behave, what he must do. It may annoy him but he has no choice.
Some people in the world of fashion think that I have had liposuction, that I've had surgery, or that I'm ill. But I have seen people who have had liposuction and it doesn't appeal to me.
Most people find my weight loss reassuring. It's men of my age that are most put off by it, as they find it difficult to forgive me for having gone back to how I was at 18 – from a distance, in any case.
If very loose clothes come back into fashion I may put on weight again, but for the moment, I don't want to. I work better than ever and I am never tired; I have seven undisturbed hours' sleep a night – and without sleeping tablets.
The results of my diet are sufficiently gratifying to have undertaken this journey. It may have been long, but it has taken me to where I wanted to be – to where I never dared hope that I could return.
No more red meat... or cherries
The Lagerfeld diet is based on a low-fat, low-calorie plan that allows you to lose fat but maintain muscle mass, keeping the metabolism high and making the body more effective at burning calories. The diet forces you to draw on sugar and fat reserves to promote weight loss. A protein preparation of milk, soya and egg whites helps to fill you up and build muscle without raising cholesterol.
You can eat fresh fish, white meat, fruit and vegetables, skimmed milk and low-fat spreads. Bread, pasta, dried fruit, most cheeses and red meat are "banned", as are cherries and grapes.
The diet also uses food supplements to help suppress the appetite, combat stress and provide recommended daily doses of nutrients. Chloe Rhodes
The Karl Lagerfeld Diet by Karl Lagerfeld and Jean-Claude Houdret (Metro) is available for £9.95 + £2.25 p&p. To order, please call Telegraph Books Direct on 0870 155 7222