Actor Rebel Wilson hasn’t let the events of 2020 affect her “year of health”. In fact, the 40-year-old has not only used the time to work on her wellbeing and fitness goals, but she’s also scored herself a new love, Jacob Busch — heir to the Anheuser-Busch brewing dynasty.
Wilson now has reportedly lost 20kgs and is well on her way to getting down to her goal weight of 74kg — if she’s not already there.
“Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going [and] it will be worth it,” she shared in a post on Instagram.
While we don’t condone weight loss as a means to find happiness, Wilson has transformed her mind, body and soul with the help of the Mayr Method which was created by an Austrian physician, Dr Franz Xaver Mayr, nearly 100 years ago.
So, what is this method that has Wilson feeling so darn great about herself?
According to People (who first reported the diet) based on the “Mayr Cure”, he “believed that most people are poisoning their digestive systems with the foods they eat and how they eat them”. Dr Mayr believed that everything is connected to the gut and gut-health and is focused on a gut-centric meal plan.
While it certainly works, it is quite a restrictive regime and also has participants spending time at a VivaMayr medical centre in either London or Austria. It helps guests through a signature detox that involves certain spa treatments, mental health sessions (including mindfulness), and a thorough diet and fitness regime.
The cost of the in-house program is $2,200 USD ($3,121 AUD), but if you’re not a high-paid actor and wanting to give it a go, then you can purchase The VivaMayr Diet book online instead.
People reported that Wilson visited Austria’s luxury medical detox and wellness centre last year and got “amazing results” and has kept it up ever since.
The centre helps revamp their client’s diet and aims to eliminate snacking and dairy and gluten intake. It also shows them how to chew food correctly — 40 chews to be exact — with the fundamental principle that you can improve health through digestion.
The outlet also reports that meals are prepared with high “alkaline content” like vegetables, fish and sheep’s milk yoghurt.
Other parts of the method include meals being scheduled four hours apart, no phones while you eat, no water intake during meals, refrain from eating raw foods at night after 4.00pm and if you need to skip a meal, skip dinner because breakfast is essential.
While it may seem like the perfect remedy, the book does promote some questionable outcomes and promises: “14 days to a flatter stomach, glowing skin, a springy step, and a fabulous beach-babe body”.
In an interview with NBC Today, Maximilian Schubert, the medical director for VivaMayr said that the diet, while 100 years old, has evolved over time. “The main idea behind this if people have a healthy gut system and healthy digestive system, then they are going to have a holistic approach of health,” he said, before adding: “Once we have treated your condition, proper nutrition combined with exercise and improved mental awareness become the building blocks of your new life.”
This method obviously works for Wilson, however, everybody is different and it’s important to ensure that any new diet is undertaken with the guide of a medical professional.