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Paleo diet is Robin Wright's weight loss secret: High protein diets curb hunger

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Robin Wright has adopted the low-carb Paleo diet to lose weight for her role as Claire Underwood in "House of Cards," WebPro News reported.

"I’m trying to do the Paleo diet — no carbs," said Wright, who's divorced from actor Sean Penn. "I’ve got to get thin for the show. I also ran on the beach this morning. Running gets everything done."

The Paleo diet is not a no-carb diet, or even an extremely low-carb plan like the ketogenic diet, but does eliminate gluten and starchy carbs, which is part of the reason it has proven so effective for weight loss.

Robin, 48, is a longtime runner who looks great, but said she was apprehensive while auditioning for "House of Cards" because she thought she might have to get plastic surgery to look younger.

Felt Pressured to Get Plastic Surgery

"I was sitting there going, 'You're 45, and you're not gonna get a face-lift,' " Wright told Town & Country. "I was really considering that stuff, because in Hollywood the pressure's there. You better lift that face and pump those lips and hike up those boobs! And I was like, 'I don't want to do that. I'm going to get older. I'm going to have wrinkles!' "

Robin, who's engaged to actor Ben Foster, 33, eventually decided against plastic surgery, but admits she gets Botox injections twice a year to keep her face looking smooth.

Meanwhile, Wright joins a Robin joins a growing list of Hollywood celebrities to go Paleo, including Tim McGraw (who credits it for his 40-pound weight loss), Joe Manganiello, Megan Fox, and supermodel Adriana Lima. TV star Jack Osbourne and singer Chad Vaccarino both use the low-carb Paleo diet to treat their multiple sclerosis.

The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, low-starch vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, alcohol and processed foods. Proponents say the Paleo diet promotes weight loss, and prevents diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer's.

Paleo Proven Twice as Effective for Weight Loss, Burning Belly Fat

A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated the Paleo diet is twice as effective for weight loss, reducing belly fat, and controlling diabetes than a low-fat diet — which has long been considered the gold standard for diets.

The two-year study tracked 70 overweight, post-menopausal women who were assigned either a low-fat diet or a low-carb (higher-fat) Paleo diet. Study participants were measured for weight, cholesterol and blood sugars after six months on their respective diets, and again after two years. The results showed the Paleo dieters lost significantly more weight (14 pounds) compared to the low-fat dieters (5.7 pounds).

What's more, the low-carb, high-fat Paleo dieters lost four inches from their waists after six months, compared to just two inches for the low-fat dieters. In previous studies, the Paleo diet has routinely beaten low fat diets at controlling cholesterol and diabetes.

The results are noteworthy because older women — especially those who are post-menopausal — have historically reported having a hard time losing weight, especially from their mid-sections, due to slower metabolisms and hormone disruptions.

The new Swedish study bolsters claims by leading obesity experts who say low-carb diets like the Paleo and ketogenic diets are the solution for rapid weight loss, reversing type 2 diabetes, treating multiple sclerosis, and preventing dementia, cancer, and ADHD.

“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo movement.

Fitness expert Robb Wolf, a former biochemist, agrees. "The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic," said Wolf.

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