It’s easy to look at celebrities, as they step out looking fabulously toned on the red carpet, and think: ‘How can I look that way?’
Especially as New Year rolls around, every celeb in town will be talking about their diet and their post-Christmas healthy eating plan. So how do we know which one to follow?
Well, new research from the British Dietetic Association has revealed the A-list diets to avoid this year so that you can look fab without the fad.
1. Clean eating
What’s it all about? ‘The idea is to avoid all processed foods and eat only ‘clean’ foods, by eliminating refined sugar, cooking from scratch, and choosing foods in their natural state,’ the BDA explains. ‘However some extreme versions of clean eating will exclude gluten, grains, dairy, and even in some cases encourage a raw-food diet.’
BDA Verdict: ‘Leave the cleaning for your kitchen work surface, not your food! Whilst it is beneficial to reduce refined sugar and limit processed food intake, the idea of foods being ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ is concerning. In many cases, foods that are actually nutritionally beneficial are deemed as unhealthy, such as those containing wholegrains, fruit and dairy, with no basis in scientific evidence.
‘Unless you have a medically diagnosed intolerance or allergy to these foods, there is no need to eliminate them and doing so could lead to deficiencies in your diet. Moreover, often clean eating substitute products – such as coconut oil, and various syrups to sweeten foods – are as high in calories, no better nutritionally and more expensive too.’
2. Diet pills (not prescribed by a medical professional)
What’s it all about? ‘Many of these pills claim to keep fat from being absorbed by your body, or ‘melt’ fat, whilst others claim to suppress appetite or boost metabolism,’ the BDA says.
BDA Verdict: ‘Diet pills should never be taken without first consulting your GP, pharmacist or dietitian as even regulated weight loss medicines on prescription can have nasty side effects, including diarrhoea.
‘Alarmingly, there has been a rise in the number of diet pills for sale online – these products are often unregulated and can contain substances not licensed for human consumption like pesticides and have proven to be fatal.’