Celebrity Fans: The Duchess of Cambridge (and her mother Carole Middleton), Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are reportedly fans of this diet.
What’s it all about? A complicated four-phase diet that starts off with a protein only approach that promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week.
BDA Verdict: The Dukan’t Diet is Offal! There is absolutely no solid science behind this at all. This works on restricting foods, calories and portion control again. Once again, cutting out food groups is not advisable. This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from – like rabbit and offal – and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath – lovely!
Speaking about these and other fad diets, Sian Porter, consultant dietitian and Spokesperson for the BDA, said: “Sadly, there is no magic wand you can wave. There is no wonder diet you can follow without some nutritional or health risk and most are offering a short-term fix to a long-term problem. It may be obvious, but if you want to lose weight you need to eat a nutritionally balanced and varied diet with appropriately sized portions and burn off more calories than you consume. In short speak, eat fewer calories, make better choices and move a bit more!
“On a serious note, glamorous images of celebrities saturate our daily media in all forms. These celebs have an army of people to help them to keep looking good, which is essential to their livelihood and plenty of money to do whatever they think it takes. You need to remember too, a lot of these images are airbrushed and retouched to give celebrities an unachievable body image that does not exist in real life, yet many aspire to. Some people look at these images and will try anything they think will help them achieve the ‘perfect’ body.
“If you have some weight you need to lose, then do it in a healthy, enjoyable and sustainable way. In the long term this will achieve the results you are after.”
Sound advice, and nothing we don’t already know. So why do we still fall for the quick fix when we know it doesn’t fix anything at all? Fortunately, with the new year, comes a fresh start, so let’s commit to eating sensibly and healthily, and to moving a bit more in an effort to have strong, healthy bodies – not scarily skinny ones.
This article was originally published by the British Dietetic Association
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