Experts have advised Britons to avoid “fad diets” that promise the chance to lose weight quickly by 2023.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) said the public should be “deeply critical” when it comes to diet advice that claims to provide quick fixes for weight loss. According to the organization, such crash diets can do more harm than good.
The BDA notes that in 2022 dietitians are expected to “reject” a host of fad diets such as the “water diet” and the “boiled egg diet”.
BDA spokeswoman Marcella Fuz said that focusing on the need to lose weight when making New Year’s resolutions “can often lead to yo-yo dieting or a cycle of losing and gaining weight, which is bad for health.” may be harmful”.
“New Year’s resolutions can also be problematic for people with eating disorders, and in fact, the diet itself can lead to these eating disorders,” she added.
According to the eating disorder charity Beat, around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder.
Nicola Ludlum-Rine, a registered dietician and BDA member, also warned that trends like “new year, new you” can be “really bad for self-esteem” because they “make people think they’re not as good as they are”. as they are”.
“The opposite is true, and we need to improve people’s self-esteem by focusing on what we should be eating and what we should be doing to make positive changes to dietary intake, such as increasing fluid and fiber intake.” Growing up, instead of always obsessing over restrictions,” she explained.
The BDA represents over 10,500 dietitians across the UK and is working with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to report diet adverts containing misleading and deceptive information.
Miles Lockwood, the ASA’s director of complaints, claims and investigations, explained: “Our rules make clear that advertisers must not be misleading or irresponsible when advertising dietary products or systems.”
“You must support your claims with solid evidence, not just rely on ‘before and after’ photos. Also, ads must not claim that people are losing weight or fat irresponsibly.” Can
It states that advertisers should not target children under the age of 18 or include objectionable material in their advertisements.
The BDA clarified that most fad diets are unsustainable in the long term and some have directly harmful health effects, resulting in loss of muscle mass, nutrient deficiencies and metabolic changes. In fact, such factors may increase the likelihood of further weight gain in the future.
Caitlin Colucci, also a member of the BDA, explained: “Fad diets promise quick fixes, requiring little time, a little thought and some investment. They all promise great results.”
“They can be problematic because they do not lead to long-term sustainable change and can lead to a problematic and unhealthy relationship with food.”
For anyone troubled by the issues raised in this article, the eating disorder charity Phone Beat Available 365 days a year on 0808 801 0677. NCFED provides information, resources and advice for people who have eating disorders and a support network. visit eating-disorders.org.uk or call 0845 838 2040.
translation of Anna McDonnell