Lifestyle

Think twice about your diet

TOOWOOMBA dietician Ruth Logan literally gasped "oh, my God" when she read about the latest fad, the Six Weeks to OMG diet.

The diet that encourages skipping breakfast and eating larger meals has been named as one of the worst diets to avoid in the New Year by the Dieticians Association of Australia.

The Acid and Alkaline Diet and the Lemon Detox were also named and shamed by the hundreds of dieticians.

Rather than overcomplicated diet regimes and restrictive plans, Ms Logan of Eat Wise for Life recommends a return to simple, nutritious food choices.

"Stick to basic, healthy food choices with a wide variety of foods based mostly on fresh foods and it's hard to go wrong," Ms Logan said.

Ruth Logan (left) and Susanna Mihalik of Eat Wise For Life advise against fad diets.
Ruth Logan (left) and Susanna Mihalik of Eat Wise For Life advise against fad diets. Kevin Farmer

"People need to know how to become a fad diet critic.

"If the 'diet' looks difficult, encourages avoidance of major food groups, makes wild promises about rapid weight loss or includes expensive and complicated food choices, my advice is to think very closely about its virtues.

"People also need to consider how the diet regime might impact on their overall health."

Fellow dietician Susanna Mihalik follows the principal if a diet sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

"Diet stands for deprivation, interrogation, effort and torture," she said.

"There is a reason for why they don't work.

"There needs to be a focus on a healthy lifestyle which is sustainable for life.

"Losing weight takes time, you didn't gain all that weight in one week and you are not going to lose it all in one week either."

Hannah Slattery from The Queensland Centre for Digestive Medicine said dieticians were often the last point of call for people looking to lose weight.

"People tend to look for a quick fix, but if they see a dietitan then we can tailor a meal plan for their needs," Ms Slattery said.

 

Dietician Ruth Logan's tips for 2013

When embarking on any health change it is important to make sure you have your right why in place.

Work out when the time is right for the change to be embraced, then what you plan to do to achieve that change and lastly what support or accountability factors will help to keep you on track and stay focused.

D = deprivation

I = interrogation

E = extra effort

T = temporary and sometimes terrible

Topics:  diet, dietician, fad, health, toowoomba



Snapper grom aiming high

TALENTED: Snapper surfrider Pacha Light is representing Australia at next month's World ISA junior titles at the Azore Islands in Portugal.

Surf Scene: Pacha Light on her way to the worlds

Students sleeping rough for homeless

SCU Gold Coast chaplain Kate Morris, Masters of Social Work student Angie Walker and YHAF CEO John Lee.

Students sleeping rough for a cause

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep