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Australia’s three worst diets shunned by nutrition experts (11 Jan 13)

Friday, 11 January 2013

Source: Dietitians Association of Australia

Hundreds of the nation’s dietitians have voted on the three worst diets to avoid in the New Year. The Lemon Detox Diet was rated the worst, followed by the Acid and Alkaline Diet. The Six Weeks to OMG Diet rounded off the top three.

More than 230 members of Australia’s peak nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), took part in an online survey to uncover the worst diets to avoid in 2013.

From a list of nine popular diets, the Lemon Detox Diet was deemed the ‘worst’ by experts for the second consecutive year, with almost three quarters (74%) of the dietitians voting against it.

The Acid and Alkaline Diet and The Six Weeks to OMG Diet were amongst the worst three diets for 2013, attracting votes from 42 and 40 per cent of nutrition experts respectively.

DAA Spokesperson and Accredited Practising Dietitian, Melanie McGrice, hopes these findings will stop Australians, particularly young women, from trying the endless array of fad diets promoted every January.

‘Don’t put your health in the hands of celebrities-endorsed diets or products that make miraculous weight and fat-loss claims. Like many things in life, good health takes perseverance and commitment to a healthy lifestyle,’ said Ms McGrice.

DAA believes this is timely advice given the Association’s recent Newspoll survey of 200 women aged 18-24 showing 42 per cent are hoping to lose weight in the New Year.

‘Start with small, sustainable changes like having more home-cooked meals and going for regular walks. Extreme diet measures are unnecessary and counterproductive,’ said Ms McGrice.

DAA will soon launch its annual Australia’s Healthy Weight Week campaign (20 to 27 January), which this year urges 18-25 year old women to commit to looking and feeling their best.

Australia’s nutrition experts give some tips on how to ditch the diets in 2013:

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. Megan Alsford APD, Melbourne.

2.      Everyone wants that miracle diet that solves all problems. The truth isn't sexy, but it works: A wholesome, nutritious, balanced diet. Bonnie Lau APD, Upper Mount Gravatt.

3.      Carbohydrates are essential for effective brain function. Low carbohydrate diets won't help you perform at your best. Susan Davis APD, Canberra.

4.      Get half vegetables, one quarter carbohydrates and one quarter protein on your plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Elisa Rossimel APD, Broken Hill.


For further information or to organise an interview with Melanie McGrice, contact Maree Hall, Dietitians Association of Australia on 0408 482 581.




About Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (20 to 27 January 2013):

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is hosting Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (AHWW) from 20-27 January 2013. The idea for the 2013 campaign is straight forward: to motivate young Aussie women to kick-start healthy eating. Rates of weight gain in this group are higher than other Australians, and this is affecting fertility and long-term health.

AHWW encourages Australians to seek expert nutrition and weight loss advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). APDs work with people to develop personalised eating plans and support and motivate them to make diet changes for life.

Visit www.healthyweightweek.com.au and follow AHWW on Twitter @HealthyWtWk and #AHWW. And take part in the AHWW live Twitter chat, using #AHWW, on 21 January from 8:30-9:30pm EST.

Key statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘2011-12 Australian Health Survey’ (released October 2012) found around 35% of women aged 18-24 years are either overweight or obese.

- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ‘Risk Factor Trends Report’ (released September 2012) showed that in young women aged 18-24 years, the prevalence of overweight and obesity increased from 27% in 1995 to 35% in 2007-2008