Diets debunked.

“How should I approach weightloss?” “I don’t know where to start”. “What diet is right for me?” I receive messages like this regularly. Nutrition ‘gurus’ looking to make a few quid are confusing people in the process. We thought we’d do a mini quick fire round on a few popular diets and eating habits. If you have any questions, please comment below. We love a good debate!

Alkaline diet – your body monitors your pH levels VERY closely and your stomach is full of hydrochloric acid. The foods you consume will not alter your pH.

Cabbage soup diet – If you hate other people then this is the diet for you. It gives you some serious wind so no one will sit anywhere near you on the bus. On a serious note, you don’t need me to tell you anything other than: hell no.

Ketogenic (little to zero carbohydrate) diet – carbohydrates are a great source of energy. If you are looking to lose weight you should be increasing the amount of time you are being active and exercising. Cutting down on a main energy source and increasing exercise is not helpful. Nope.

Water fasting – you will be starving your body of essential macro and micronutrients whilst teaching you absolutely nothing about long-term eating habits. As an added bonus, it will make you feel awful. Yey. AVOID.

No dairy – dairy products are a great source of protein and healthy fats. There is no reason dairy products cannot be consumed as part of a healthy and balanced diet if your body can tolerate them. FTF coach MU is lactose intolerant but loves milk. Lactose free milk is his best friend.

Vegan diet – if choosing veganism is for ethical reasons then we will be the first to support you. If it is because you feel it’s the healthiest approach, then you may need to reconsider. When starting a vegan diet, most explain that they have never felt better and blame meat for their sluggishness. Not the case. Your fruit and vegetable intake has now gone up meaning more vitamins and minerals for your body. Generally this is accompanied by an increased water intake. Of course you will feel better. Build the positive aspects of a vegan diet into your ‘normal’ eating patterns, whilst utilising the benefits of animal products. Don’t avoid, just consider pros and cons (That was unbiased enough right...?).

Sustainability is king! Healthy eating for weightloss should be a lifestyle change. As I've said many times before: if you can’t see yourself on the same ‘diet’ plan a year from now, you won’t stick to it.