The Worst Diets of 2013 Revealed

It's official, the three worst diets have been voted on by Australia's nutrition experts. Drum roll please. 

The 3 worst diets to avoid are: 
1. Lemon Detox Diet
2. SkinnyMe tea  
3. Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.

More than 200 Accredited Practising Dietitians took part in an online survey run by Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) on the diets most to be avoided in 2014.

From a list of 11 popular diets, the Lemon Detox Diet came out as the ‘worst’ by nutrition experts for the third year running, with more than two thirds (68%) of the dietitians voting against it.

DAA Spokesperson and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Melanie McGrice, acknowledges that with rates of overweight and obesity as high as 79% in some areas of Australia, weight is a big concern. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

“The problem with fad diets is that they’reall about restrictive eating patterns that you can’t stick to over the long haul and may even undermine your health,” says McGrice.

“What you lose on these detox diets, like the Lemon Detox Diet and SkinnyMe tea, is usually fluid, healthy gut bacteria, electrolytes - all the things to keep your body healthy, rather than fat”, she says. “And you don’t need to go on a severe detox because your body has an inbuilt detox system – the lungs, liver, and kidneys working every minute of the day.”

According to McGrice, if you do want to ‘detox’, nourish your body by cutting down on fatty, highly-processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, and eat a balanced diet – making sure you get plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and water. 

For long-term success, Aussies should choose realistic and achievable goals that they can do every day. For example, including an extra serve of vegetables at lunch and dinner or cutting back your alcohol.

Here are some more top tips from Australia’s nutrition experts on how to ditch the diets in 2014: 
1. Watch out for gimmicks or quick fixes. Being healthy takes time. If you’re lost, see an 
Accredited Practising Dietitian for advice you can trust.  
2. Everyone wants that miracle diet that solves all problems. The truth isn't sexy, but it works: 
A wholesome, nutritious, balanced diet. 
3. Carbohydrates are essential for effective brain function. Low carbohydrate diets won't help 
you perform at your best. 
4. Get half vegetables, one quarter carbohydrates and one quarter protein on your plate at 
breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
5. No need to ban certain foods - you'll only crave them more. Plan small amounts of ‘treat’ 
foods into your week and take time to taste and enjoy them. Quality over quantity


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