“Life on a total diet for the rest of one’s life would be totally depressing,’’ said Elizabeth Taylor to a writer from The New York Times in 1986. The actress was 53 years-old at the time and had called the interview to promote her new memoir-come-weight- loss book in a pink peony-filled ,800 a day suite at the Plaza Athénée. The book called Elizabeth Takes Off is currently out of print, but some digging around on the Internet gave us curious insight into Taylor’s recommended daily diet and practically non-existent fitness routine.
In her words, the first real step to losing weight, and keeping it off, is achieving the right state of mind. ”You have to try to get your head at the right place, where you can make it click” she says in the same interview. “Without that inner click it doesn’t matter how many fad diets you go on.” To achieve the click, Taylor advocates conducting a good, long chat with yourself in the mirror about why you need to diet in the first place. When having her own chat, Taylor reportedly utilized the words “no” and “ridiculous” after ballooning to 180-plus pounds following oral surgery and a diet of ice cream and malted milk.
Then comes the actual food. Elizabeth mainly stresses the importance of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and avoiding too much red meat—which sounds like standard weight-loss fare, until you discover her meal plan and peculiar flavor combinations. Among the more palatable dishes you’ll find chicken barbecued with lime and potato skins. Among the downright weird, grilled steak or a hamburger served on a single slice of whole wheat toast spread with half a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a cup of cantaloupe melon and orange mixed with low fat cottage cheese and sour cream. Every breakfast à la Ms. Taylor is the same: dry toast with a single serving of fruit on the side.
Here, read some of Liz’s best quotes and advice from the book—you’ll find each to be as entertaining, witty, and up-front as the actress herself.
USE AN IMAGE OF TAYLOR TO MOTIVATE YOU
In a chapter titled “Keep Your Sense of Humor,” Taylor recalls someone telling her that Debbie Reynolds kept a photograph of her taken during fattest period on her refrigerator door. “She said it reminded her of what could happen if she charged into the icebox,” Taylor writes. “During the initial stage of my diet, I thought, well, if it works for Debbie, it will work for me. I stuck a picture of myself at my worst on the refrigerator, and every time I went to the kitchen, there was my corpulent self reminding me what would happen if I broke my diet.” Addressing the reader, she adds: “If you think a picture of me as Miss Lard pinned up on your refrigerator will help you, too, I have no objection—there are enough to choose from!”
A LIGHT WORKOUT
While Taylor adored horseback riding, swimming, and walking for recreational purposes, her approach to a strict exercise regime could be described as irresolute at best. One chapter in the book is titled “Aerobic Exercise: Are They For You.” Included in its recommended activities is an exercise to stand on your toes. In a later interview with Vanity Fair during the late ’70s, the actress joked that her only exercise was changing TV channels with a remote.
ALWAYS LEAVE ROOM FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE
Once you’ve achieved your optimal weight, Taylor recommends allowing one day a week to “pig out” on your “wildest food fantasies.” She elaborates with her chosen treats—fried chicken, mashed potatoes with lots of gravy, lima beans, corn, and chocolate cake—and an anecdote for good measure: “On the way back to Los Angeles, we were scheduled to stop in Washington, and I called John Warner [Taylor’s ex-husband] just before we took off. ‘Hello John, we’ll be at Dulles International for several hours tomorrow, and would love to see you. It would be great if you’d come to the airport and visit. And maybe bring some leftover fried chicken.’”
NEVER TALK ABOUT YOUR DIET IN PUBLIC
Even the most patient of friends will grow weary of your company if you talk about your diet, warns Taylor. “When you are dieting, be discreet,” she writes. “You don’t have to report to your acquaintances as though they were the commanding officers of your Great War Against Fat.” Should you chose to socialize with other dieters, she says, you’ll likely only find absurd eccentrics. To illustrate the point, Taylor describes a friend who records everything he eats on a tape recorder: “This is okay, but sometimes he forgets to turn it off, and his friends have become a bit wary about confiding in him. It’s a bit too much like talking to the KGB.”
LOSE WEIGHT, BUT NOT TOO MUCH
Speaking with candor, Taylor recalls how she once lost so much weight it started to effect her greatest asset—her bust. “Once, I dropped below 8st. 8lbs [120 pounds],” she recalls with horror, “and I began to lose my bust! Believe you me, I had to put on some flesh in a hurry.” To avoid a similarly traumatic situation, Liz recommends stepping on the scales every morning to make sure you’re at a weight that looks good with your clothes on and off. For her, she found 123-125 pounds to be the perfect number for her 5’2” frame.
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