Dieticians are warning us to stay away from dangerous diets, and we’ve found the worst offenders.
Winter is coming and that means in the coming months we’re all in danger of piling on a few extra kilos, but with two long weekends already under our belts some of us are already well on the way. While it may be tempting to turn to popular diets in the search for a quick body fix, there are some eating plans that can cause more harm than good.
According to the Dietitians Association of Australia the worst diets on the market are the Lemon Detox Diet, SkinnyMe Tea and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge, with the information complied by more than 200 accredited dietitians. It is the third year in a row that the Lemon Detox Diet has been voted the worst with 68 per cent of votes saying it was a dangerous health choice. The diet consists of drinking nothing but six to nine glass of a lemon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and bottled water mixture for a period of 10 to 14 days.
Nutritionist Joanna McMillan-Price says taking in less than the daily recommended amount of calories could be detrimental for your health. “You’re likely to feel dizzy, moody and hungry and you’ll find it hard to function,” she says. “When you don’t take in enough energy, your body tries to shut down some functions. It goes into starvation mode where it tries to preserve the energy that’s left.”
Coming in second with 55 per cent of votes was SkinnyMe Tea. The ‘Teatox’ is made of up two separate teas; a loose leaf tea that is meant to increase metabolism and suppress your appetite and a colon cleansing tea that cleanses your digestive tract.
Dietitian Melanie McGrice warns that detox diets can be doing more harm than good. “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,” she says. “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.
“If you 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.”