If you’re looking to lose weight in 2017 you’re not the only one – 65% of people in the UK try to lose weight in the first three months of a new year but over half of them will give up before they have reached their weight loss goals.
New dieters will usually be looking to follow fad ‘celebrity diets’ such as Whole30, Dukan Diet and The Warrior Diet to give them the guidance they so vitally need… but fad diets are fads for a reason. These kinds of diets are typically unhealthy, aren’t nutritious enough to sustain dieters in the long-run and have very few scientific facts to back them up. Luckily, Exante can be used as part of a balanced lifestyle and have supervised plans which don’t stretch you too far. Not convinced? Take a look at these three diets you shouldn’t be following in 2017 and see why Exante is so much kinder to your health.
The Warrior Diet
The Warrior Diet was invented in the 90s but only really came into the mainstream in late 2016. This diet recommends fasting for 12 to 16 hours a day and then feasting for a few hours in the evening.
Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at superfooduk.com said, “The Warrior Diet is not sustainable… in the long term, especially if you live with people who eats three meals a day. It can be tough to get all the nutrients the body needs through just one meal. It can also lead to rapid binge eating in a short period of time, which will lead to unbalanced gut bacteria, resulting in digestive issues.”
The Whole30 Diet requires dieters to cut out sugar, sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes and dairy 30 days in a row. If you cheat, you have to do the 30 days again.
Commonly voted at the bottom of the best diet plan lists, the Whole30 Diet is based on extreme restrictions and isn’t something to be adopted for a long period of time. The fear of ‘cheating’ will also lead to food anxiety, a trait which can lead to negative relationships with food in later life.
The Dukan Diet
Dukan is incredibly tough to follow given its ban on certain wholesome foods like grains and fruits. The Dukan Diet uses four phases called Attack, Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilisation. None of the phases have been confounded in scientific evidence and the British Dietic Association also named this the ‘Top Celebrity Diet To Avoid’ in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The weight lost in the first phase is mostly water weight; carbohydrates are strictly avoided during the initial phase.
See more on the differences between the Dukan Diet and Exante Diet here.