IT’S THAT time of the year when everyone you know and their nan vow to go on a diet.
From slimming clubs to keto, cutting out anything worth actually eating to wishing on a “magic pill” that might see you shed the pounds once and for all, there are so many options out there.
Graeme Tomlinson, known as The Fitness ChefCredit: THE FITNESS CHEF
Graeme’s new book: THE FITNESS CHEF – Lose Weight Without Losing Your MindCredit: THE FITNESS CHEF
So if you’re one of the estimated 26million Brits that jumped on the dieting bandwagon last week, you can be forgiven for feeling confused.
With so many methods claiming to be the “best”, diet culture has muddled the simple foundations of fat loss, leaving many of us with larger waistlines than before.
Graeme Tomlinson, known as The Fitness Chef to his one million Instagram followers, rose to popularity for cutting through the nonsense and giving people the tools they need to lose weight without becoming miserable.
Previously a personal trainer but now a best-selling author, Graeme is against any strict rules with weak scientific evidence that tell people to cut out food groups or offer a quick fix.
Here, he outlines the key fads to steer clear of in his new book, Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind…
1. DIET FAD: Eat only in a small window
Fasting diets have become increasingly popular, for telling people to only eat on certain days of the week, or between certain hours of the day, to cut back on food intake.
Grame said “when you look at the body of evidence, there’s actually no difference between intermittent fasting and just reducing calorie intake”.
“If you reduce the window in which you eat, say to just 12-8pm, you’re less likely to eat more calories, which makes perfect sense,” he said.
“However, if somebody chooses to eat thousands of calories within the window, then it’s kind of counterproductive.
“It’s not really based on anything kind of biological or physiological. It’s more just kind of a byproduct of reducing the amount of time you can eat.”
Graeme said it’s just another strategy to cut back on calories which “can absolutely help with weight loss” – but it’s “not some kind of magic formula”.
Graeme says that intermittent fasting hasn’t proven to be more effective than standard calorie control for weight loss – but as a strategy, it may work for some to stick to their weight loss plan
2. DIET FAD: Don’t eat past 6pm
Some of the slimmest people you know might tell you “I just don’t eat past 6pm”.
Coincidence? Graeme said what time you have your dinner is not proven to have “any relevance to losing body fat”.
“What’s important …….