Weight loss is a hot topic in January but how many of us fail to stick to the fad diet we swore blind to stick to?
Fiona Hunter, nutritionist, food writer and broadcaster, has revealed what she believes is the first hurdle of dieting.
She said: “Towards the end of 2017, The British Dietetic Association published a list of five diets to avoid, in 2018.
It’s perhaps no surprise that each of the diets which appears on the list has a celebrity endorsement. Tom Jones, Rhianna and Kim Kardashian favour a Ketogenic diet, a very low carb, high fat diet, which excludes all grains, dairy, starchy veg and most fruit.
“Those renowned ‘nutrition experts’ Tom Brady, Sarah ‘Fergie’ The Duchess of York and Gwyneth Paltrow extoll the virtues of the Alkaline Diet which claims to change the Ph balance – a concept which the BDA say is based on a basic misunderstanding of human physiology.
“The Raw Vegan diet, loved by Sting and Megan Fox is also on the list.”
The celebrated nutritionist questioned why the British public is keen to take dietary advice from “a bunch of celebrities”?
Hunter added: “The truth is there are no short cuts or easy wins when it comes to losing weight.
“The key to losing weight and more importantly keeping that weight off is to take advice from an expert rather than a celebrity.”
The good news is losing weight doesn’t have to be about teeny tiny portions and missing out on the foods you really enjoy.
Leading UK nutritionist and Head of Nutrition at Healthspan, Rob Hobson, co-author of a new book called ‘Cheats & Eats’ said: “There are too many diet ideologies that muddy the waters when it comes to losing weight.
“If I had a £1 for every time I’ve been asked the question ‘what’s the best diet to help me lose weight? I’d be relaxing on yacht somewhere in the Caribbean rather than cranking up the central heating in my London flat.
“My answer to this question is always the same. ‘The best diet to help you lose weight is one that you can stick to!’”
He said the worst way to diet is to choose one of the many “faddy, fashionable, quick fix diets”.
Hobson said: “If you cut out a major food group like gluten, dairy or sugar, adopt a raw food or caveman diet or decide to become a disciple of Time Restricted Feeding diet, which involves restricting the time you can eat to a 10hour time frame, chances are you’re going to lose weight.
“But, and there’s a very big but,” says Hobson, “despite what their devotees would like you to believe there is no magic to any of these diets.
“The real reason people who follow them is lose weight because they are restricting the number of calories they are consuming and at the end of the day whatever means you use to get there, if you take in fewer calories than you burn you will lose weight.”
‘Cheats & Eats Lifestyle Programme written by Jackie Wicks and Rob Hobson is available at www.healthspan.co.uk RRP £9.99 published 5th December
Published at Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:10:00 +0000