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What are the best and worst diets? As recommended by experts


Your 'go-to' place to get the important facts about diets. Which diets are proven to work? Which are backed up by the evidence? and How can you tell if a diet is a fad or not?

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What are the best and worst diets? As recommended by experts

Have you heard of a new diet or way of eating that is apparently more successful than any other diet? Perhaps it claims to have the secret to weight loss or better health? It might even be coupled with a price tag to buy a necessary guide, pill or supplement.

To work out whether a diet is more likely a fad, ask yourself the question, does the diet:

  1. Promote or ban specific foods or whole food groups?

  2. Promote a one size fits all strategy?

  3. Promise quick, dramatic or miraculous results with minimal effort?

  4. Focus only on short term results?

  5. Promote “miracle” pills, supplements, or products touted to “burn fat”?

  6. Make claims based on personal testimonials or one random study?

Still not sure? Or perhaps you want to hear it from the experts? We’ve picked out some of the most searched for diets and pulled them apart, critically looking at each diet to see whether it is credible and backed by science.

Next time you see a trending diet promising the secrets of success, cross-check it against our criteria.

Curious to know where we stand on a particular diet, but can’t find what you are looking for. Let us know via our feedback button!

For more info on fads check this out: https://theconversation.com/blood-type-pioppi-gluten-free-and-mediterranean-which-popular-diets-are-fads-104867.

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Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

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  2. fruit
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