Airedale Dietitians say follow evidence not fads!
As part of the fourth annual Dietitians Week to be held next week (12 -16 June), the BDA and dietitians at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging the public to get their advice on diet from the properly qualified experts and follow evidence and not fads.
40% of people surveyed by the British Dietetic Association have admitted they have tried or considered trying a ‘fad diet’ to lose weight – including detox diets, raw food diets and juice only diets. But dietitians warn that some of the advice given is not just ineffective, it can be harmful to your health.
The results of the survey also showed that one in five people have tried or considered trying some form of detox diet, with this rate increasing in 18-24 year olds, to 1 in 3. The BDA wants people to know that the human body is entirely capable of detoxing itself without the need for buying expensive products, and there is no evidence that you can ‘detoxify’ your body by eating certain foods.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the professional association for dietitians, who are the only legally regulated nutrition professionals in the UK.
Laura Rowe Dietetics Professional Lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“Evidence-based nutrition advice is important because following a diet which is not based on evidence may mean you are deficient in important nutrients that are key to good health.
If you follow a very restrictive diet with few foods or an unusual combination of foods for a short period of time you may lose weight very quickly, but this isn’t sustainable and you may experience harmful and unpleasant side effects.”
“If you want the best advice, see a dietitian who will apply science and evidence to your personal circumstances to help you achieve your goals.”
The dietitians at Airedale Hospital help to assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems and use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, and translate all this into practical information about food to help people to make the right lifestyle and food choices.
They treat a range of medical conditions with dietary therapy, and treat people of all ages and in all settings including the hospital, outpatients clinics, GP surgeries, health centres, schools and community centres.
Some tips to help avoid the fad diet cycle are:
- keep a diary and stay more aware of habits and problem areas
- have regular meals, starting with breakfast
- choose lower fat foods, eg lean meat and lower fat dairy products
- fill up on vegetables and fruit at meals and choose as snacks and for desserts
- watch your portion sizes
- get active, aim for at least 30 minutes daily of moderate activity. If you can manage more than that even better – ideally aim to build up to 60 minutes a day
- be realistic about weight loss; aim to lose 1-2lbs (0.5-1kg) a week.
- See your GP before attempting any weight loss programme especially if you have existing medical conditions
For a fact sheet on fad diets go to
And for a fact sheet on detoxes go to https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/detoxdiets.pdf