BRITNEY SPEARS is starving herself on an extreme 600-calories-a-day diet – and the side effects are causing a stink on the “X Factor” set.
“Britney’s breath absolutely reeks!” said a close source familiar with the odor.
“It must be the acids in her tummy or something from this crazy diet she’s on because her breath will start smelling 20 minutes after she brushes her teeth.”
The “potty-mouth” entertainer, who’s joined the talent competition as a judge, is on a strict diet to look her best for the soon-to-air live shows.
But her bare-bones regimen is “absolutely brutal,” reveals a friend.
“Every day she eats four egg whites for breakfast, a few hours later she has a whey protein shake made with water and a couple of strawberries. Lunch is a half a steamed chicken breast and a salad, then another shake, and for dinner more lean meat with veggies. It’s barely 600 calories a day.”
Dr. Craig Title, a New York weight-loss specialist, explained that a diet very high in protein and low in fats and carbohydrates can cause bad breath by producing breath-affecting byproducts or ammonia in the body.
It’s not the first time Britney’s been accused of assaulting noses.
A lawsuit filed last year by her former bodyguard Fernando Flores alleged she had bad hygiene, and in 2004 fellow airline passengers complained to stewards about her smelly feet.