Diets can be dangerous

tomato_nutrition_label_1600_wht_13082Particularly if you follow some of the fad diets promoted by celebrities.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is warning people not to copy the eccentric diets of people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Boy George if they want to lose weight after Xmas.

The BDA advises avoiding Paltrow’s gluten-free regime and the biotyping  approach using hormone balance endorsed by Boy George which they describe as bio-nonsense.

The most ridiculous however are the Breatharian Diet where instead of eating and drinking you gulp air. This is so dangerous it has gone to the top of the BDA list deposing the infamous Dukan diet beloved by Carole Middleton. (Dr Dukan has been struck off in France by the way).

The BDA says these diets and the endless celebrity-endorsed fitness DVDS are just cashing in on the rush to lose weight in the New Year.

They say “Some people will believe almost anything and anyone when it comes to nutrition, food and diet …. if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. The only way to lose some weight is by eating a healthy balanced diet, watch your portion size and be physically active.”

With regard to the gluten-free diets the BDA say there is no credible published research showing that a gluten-free diet leads to weight loss.

And a favourite with models apparently is the Alcorexia/Drunkorexia  approach. Eat few calories during the week so you can binge drink alcohol at the weekends. That sounds really sensible! The BDA says it’s madness to follow it – unless you want to look wasted with liver problems.

And do I need to keep saying that diets only work for about 10% of people

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2 thoughts on “Diets can be dangerous

  1. […] absorbed effectively, removing whole categories of food from your diet is just a fad and can be unhealthy,  and the only sure way to lose weight is eat less and exercise […]

  2. […] diets only work for 10% of people – and the latest research suggest that you have to keep it up for […]

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