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Celeb diets you should avoid in the new year

New research has revealed that the A-listers don’t always get it right!
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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.

 The BDA is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland so when it comes to diets, they know what they are talking about. This year they’ve recommended against following these five weight loss tactics:

 

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.’

 

3. Teatoxes

What’s it all about? Teatoxing is short for ‘tea detoxing’ – there are a plethora of celebrity endorsed detox teas on the market which claim to help improve skin, reduce bloating and promote weight loss.

BDA Verdict: ‘Tea-toxic! These teas often contain extra caffeine in the form of guarana or yerba mate, diuretic ingredients such as dandelion and nettle and the laxative, senna, which is not safe to take for longer than a week without medical supervision.

‘They might create the impression of weight loss and detoxification but this is usually water-weight loss. Any further weight loss would most likely be due to substituting these teas in the place of high calorie drinks or food or as part of fasting plan. With the risk of the accompanying side effects such a diarrhoea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, gut damage and a lack of scientific evidence, go “tea-total” on teatoxing.’

4. The 6:1 diet

What’s it all about? You may have heard of the 5:2 or even the 3:4 and the 6:1 diet is the impatient cousin of these intermittent fasting diets. ‘It involves eating like you usually do for six days and then for one day a week, some followers of this diet completely fast, meaning they don’t consume any food for 24 hours,’ explains the BDA.

BDA Verdict: ‘Completely fasting unless properly managed is likely to lead to a lack of concentration, tiredness and low mood, which isn’t going to make you more productive.

‘Also, depending on your age, health and lifestyle, fasting could be dangerous. If you want to go down the fasting route, it is important to choose an evidence-based plan and consult a medical professional to ensure that this is done in a healthy and safe way.’

5. Green juices

What’s it all about? Many celebrities are fans of green juices – and non-celebrities alike. They’re a trendy breakfast replacement or afternoon ‘snack’ and are another means of ‘detoxing’ and weight management. They are made up of various fruits, vegetables, powders etc. and claim benefits ranging from detoxing to rejuvenation and weight loss.

BDA Verdict: ‘The body is perfectly capable of detoxing itself without the aid of these green liquid concoctions. Adding a green juice to an unhealthy diet is never going to make up for poor choices when it comes to food.

‘In addition, people add in ingredients like nuts, coconut oil and whole avocados to their green breakfast juices too – meaning these juices can add up to as much as 400 kcal per glass. If you are still eating your normal breakfast on top of this, you are more likely to gain weight from consuming more calories, rather than lose weight. A green juice is not a magic fix! Keep your veg and fruit whole and limit juice/smoothies to 150ml per day.’

Instead why not follow celebrities such as Kirstie Allsopp who recently revealed her 12kg weight loss and credits cutting out sugar, process foods and alcohol. We know it’s a lot less appealing than drinking detox tea but it will get you better results long term!

Via: Prima

 

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