Forget Fad Diets

Are you trying to lose those pesky pounds gained over the holiday season? Instead of turning to a fad diet in search of a quick fix, try healthy eating and physical activity, say experts. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) says there are many varied "fad" diets offering miracle weight loss, but warns consumers that losing the pounds while on one of them is simply due to eating fewer calories. The BDA has produced a list of the "worst fad diets to avoid this New Year" including the maple syrup, detox, blood group, warrior, peanut butter and banana or the cabbage/fat-burning soup diets. The professional body for British dietitians also took aim at the Atkins and the Zone diets, instead urging consumers to reduce their food intake, exercise and eat more fruit and vegetables.

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