Warning issued on the dangers of fad diets and advice for your health

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People often find themselves looking for a quick fix to shed a few pounds, but you could be doing yourself more harm than good.

A fad diet is a diet that becomes popular for a short period of time and although it may lead to short term goals, it may cause complications for your health. Some fad diets can lead to dehydration and poor eating habits.

Kerri Ferraioli, nutritionist at food sensitivity specialist YorkTest, said: “Fad diets can cause dehydration and nutrient deficiencies, and cause people to develop yo-yo patterns where they continually gain and lose weight. Unless you’re seeing a doctor, be sure to follow a balanced, intuitive diet that is simply about eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full.

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“This means you’ll always eat what’s right for you in the moment, and you’re less likely to binge or overeat. Social media has had a huge impact on diets and the way we consume food, it It’s hard to go to any app without seeing a recipe suggestion.

“We are more exposed than ever to the eating habits of our peers and influencers, and social media really only focuses on the pros of diets, not the cons. You might be more likely to follow the eating habits of those who you see on social media, which is reflected in TikTok’s new stance of cracking down on content that promotes or glorifies eating disorders by connecting users to helplines when searching for hashtags which dangerously promote weight loss.”

According to Kerri, intermittent fasting, a diet that alternates between fasting and regular eating, can improve health if done correctly, but it’s important that you make sure you eat at least 1,200 calories a day and that you do pay attention to how you feel.” The latest research from Lensstore shows the UK ranks third among food-obsessed countries, with Brits seeking out intermittent fasting more than 90,000 times a month on average.

The NHS says a healthy, balanced diet is “an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best”. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

12 NHS tips to help you lose weight

  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Eat regular meals
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Be more active
  • To drink a lot of water
  • Eat fiber-rich foods
  • Know your food labels for healthier options
  • Use a smaller plate
  • Do not ban foods from your diet
  • Don’t fill up on junk food
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption
  • Plan your meals

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