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."

Are you trying to lose weight this New Year?

This poll ended on 09 February 2013.

Yes - 78%

No - 21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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

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