The British Dietetic Association (BDA) released a list of the top five celebrity diets to avoid. Every year the agency publishes releases the ranked list at a key time, when everyone is stuck on the idea of “new year, new body” and are easily tempted to purchase fad diet books or DVDs featuring fitness celebrities.
The list is compiled on the basis of telephone calls received by the BDA during the year. From the urine therapy diet to the clay cleanse diet, here are the 5 diet fads that the experts at BDA found to be the worst.
Also known as urine therapy or urotherapy, it involves drinking one’s own urine for cosmetic purposes or welfare. According to some, the urea contained in urine has a anti-cancer effect. However, according to the BDA, this diet is not supported by any scientific evidence and safety has not been established.
The Paleolithic diet, Stone Age caveman diet, better known as the paleo diet, consists of consuming only the food that the Neanderthals had at their disposal in prehistoric times, and exclude all others such as dairy, grains, sugar, pulses, etc. And although the BDA believes that eliminating processed foods or sugar from your diet is actually a good idea, they also say that it is not advisable to remove entire food groups unless medically recommended. “An unbalanced, time consuming, socially isolating diet, which this could easily be, is a sure-fire way to develop nutrient deficiencies, which can compromise health and your relationship with food,” says the BDA.
This is when one removes all types of sugar from their diet and often also carbohydrates. However, according to BDA experts, it’s virtually impossible not to eat sugar, because then you would have to exclude vegetables, fruits, and dairy products from your diet. Also, some sugar substitutes such as agave or honey, are actually another form of sugar.
Diet VB6 (Vegan Before 6pm)
This diet consists of following a vegan diet ( a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, etc.) before 6 pm. This tactic is something the BDA is very adamant you avoid since those who follow this diet are free to consume foods high in calories and saturated fat and also high in sugar and salt after 6 pm. “The reality is, eating different food groups at different times of the day doesn’t matter, in terms of your health, its nutritional balance that’s important, says the BDA.”
The Clay Cleanse Diet
The aim of this diet is to cleanse the body of all toxins, impurities, and chemicals. How so? By taking a daily glass of water with a tablespoon of diluted clay in it. However, many experts have warned about the potential risks that this practice can have on health, especially because of the high levels of arsenic and lead present in the clay. “The whole idea of detoxification is meaningless. The body is a well-developed system that has built its own mechanism to detoxify and remove waste and toxins, says the BDA.
Have you followed any of these diets? If so, did they work for you?