Celebrity diets such as those endorsed by Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow have been shown to be a waste of time and money according to nutritionists.
According to the British Dietetic Association the worst diet fads are:
- Green juices
- Diet pills
- 6:1 diet
They claim that:
“All you are going to lose is your hard-earned cash.”
Sian Porter, a consultant dietician and spokesperson for the BDA had this to say about celebrity diets:
“We hear it all when it comes to the latest way to shed pounds – from the good to the bad and at times even downright dangerous. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
“An eating pattern for life should be the one you can stick to in the long term, not a quick fix. Enjoy a rich variety of foods in appropriate portion sizes.”
Potential problems of celebrity diets
Even the celebrities that endorse these diets have encountered issues with Gwyneth Paltrow stating that she encountered hallucinations after undergoing a “juice detox”.
While other diets involve drastic cutting of calories, or side effects like diarrhoea.
I would certainly make sure to check out any potential diet thoroughly before trying it, rather than potentially running the risk of long-term health problems.
Best methods to lose weight
Our first bit of advice would be to stop looking at diets to lose weight. A diet implies a short term goal, but do you really want any lost weight to creep back on once you stop “dieting”.
Instead look at weight loss as a lifestyle change, which you will try to stick to forever.
You should then look at the foods you are eating, most certainly cut back on the junk food, replacing them with more fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as good sources of fibre and protein.
These food types are filling, but are typically low in calories.
Next, you should look at what you are drinking. If you drink a lot of soft drinks or beverages with added sugars then it is best to quit, or at least cut back.
Diet alternatives are not recommended, as the artificial sweeteners that they contain have been shown to cause cravings for sugar.
Water is the best option, it is free from calories and can curb your appetite.
Exercise is also recommended, if not for weight loss, but for your general health too.
Try to get a little each day. And try to push yourself each time you workout.
Finally, make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, and try to relieve stress too.
Both a lack of sleep and high stress levels can leave you craving bad foods, and make losing fat difficult.