What’s Hot and What’s Not
So, it’s the start of the New Year and already millions of people with good intentions to lose weight have fallen off the weight loss train and gone back to their old habits. It’s the glossy, air-brushed, beautiful promotion of the one size fits all fad diets that inspires the loss of the post-Christmas kilos. However, the reality is that most those who start fad diets, inevitably end up putting on those lost kilos, plus a few extra!
We’ve had the Atkins Diet, I Quit Sugar, Paleo, just to name a few. They’ve had their popularity and with the New Year comes another wave of diets and food trends. The Dietitians Association of Australia list what to look out for when trying to spot a fad diet. Fad Diets:
• Promote or ban certain foods or food groups
• Push a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach
• Promise quick, dramatic or miraculous results
• Focus on short-term changes to eating and exercise habits
• Encourage ‘miracle’ pills, potions or supplements – often promoted as ‘fat burners’ and ‘metabolism boosters’
• Contradict the advice of trusted health professionals
• Make claims based on a single study or testimonials
So, what will we see in 2017? Here’s our breakdown of what’s hot and what’s not.
Gluten Free Diets – Coeliac Disease is a serious health condition that requires those diagnosed to avoid all gluten food products. Even cross contamination can cause a severe reaction in people. We are, however, seeing many clients who are misdiagnosed and tell us they are gluten intolerant and advised to avoid gluten by their health professional. There is no such thing as gluten intolerance. You either have coeliac disease or you don’t. It can be hard to follow a gluten free diet so if you want to be sure you need to then come and see us.
Low Fodmap Diets – People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome need to avoid certain sugars (Fodmaps) in food to avoid symptoms such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. This diet is restrictive so is only recommended for 6 weeks to work out which of the sugars cause the symptoms. If you get any of the symptoms mentioned, then you need to come and see us.
Matcha Tea – This originates from Japan and is ground green tea. If you haven’t already you will see and hear about Matcha a lot in 2017. In Perth, we even have a café that serves only Matcha desserts. You can drink it warm, cold or add it to your cooking, both sweet and savoury. The benefits of green tea are well documented and we are currently experimenting with Matcha to bring you a delicious and nutritious Matcha cooking class.
Paleo – The fact that Pete Evans publishers stopped the publication of his paleo cook book after listening to the whole of the medical industry says a lot. The only comment we have is if you want medical advice, don’t ask a chef and if you want cooking advice, don’t ask a Doctor. If you want reliable nutritional Dietary advice, then see a Dietitian.
Juice Cleanses – If you want to be healthy and happy then you need to eat well. Starving your body by consuming only fruit and/or vegetable juices does not make you happy or healthy. It deprives your body of the nutrients it needs to survive at optimal levels.
Quitting Sugar – The I quit sugar book and movie taught people about the hidden sugar in foods which is a great thing. We are all for nutritional education but as with all trends, new ones come in making the old ones fade away and this is definitely on the way out.
Our clients tell us that the extreme nature of some diets is too hard and they come to us for sensible and practical advice on living long and healthy lives. If you are looking to lose weight or improve your health, then get in touch with Nutrition Force today. We have Accredited Practising Dietitians who can offer personalised dietary health advice and eating plans plus we offer a range of healthy eating cooking classes that includes, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and low Fodmap foods. Read More Here
Written by Lisa Stegena, Nutritionist
Nutrition Force is a Western Australian based company of Nutritionists and Accredited Practising Dietitians that offer weight loss programs, private dietetic consultations, children’s nutrition & dietetics, school nutrition and Corporate Wellness programs. If you would like more information on our Perth Dietitians and the other services we offer call us today on (08) 9385 7755.