Sugar is sin in aim to be slim
SWAPPING fad diets for permanent, lifestyle changes will be the dieting trend for 2017 despite the traditional New Year resolutions to lose those holiday kilos.
Sugar has been targeted in state and federal ad campaigns after research linked overconsumption to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Half of all Australians regularly consume more than the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily intake of 54 grams, or 12 teaspoons, of sugar a day.
Accredited dietician and nutritionist Megan Hardy said the main issue with sugar was increased body weight.
“Body weight is our overarching risk factor for other diseases,” she said.
“It is linked with other diseases, an increased risk of cancer, heart diseases; it has a big impact on our health.”
Cutting out sugar, where it is added in processed food and drinks, was one of the few dietary restrictions without negative consequences.
Ms Hardy said she would support a tax on soft drinks high in sugar.
“I’m very much in line with imposing a tax as long as revenue is put back into health,” she said.
“The more we increase the prices the more we deter people from consuming because the prices become prohibitive for most people.”
Detoxing fell out of favour in 2016 to be replaced by more manageable fasting diets.
The 5:2 fasting diet was back in the news after early human trials showed fasting had helped cancer patients avoid the side effects of chemotherapy and boosted their immune system to fight off cancer cells.
Known as intermittent fasting, the 5:2 was created by Doctor Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer in the United Kingdom in 2013.
Proponents have sworn the diet helped them lose weight faster and made their mind sharper.
Ms Hardy said Dr Mosley had researched well and recommended the 5:2 over other forms of fasting diets.
“It works because it’s five full days of healthy eating followed by two days of restricted calories, it doesn’t matter if they’re in a row or in-between.”
“The whole theory is about changing the mindset and psychological change, rather than focusing on just weight loss,” she said.
“Over the seven day week dieters naturally start focusing on those two days of reduced intake which naturally progresses into other days leading people into becoming more mindful about their choices.”
Reviewed in 2015, the 5:2 diet was found to help women lose weight, but no faster than a conventional, calorie counting diet.
Nothing sweet about sugar says dietician and nutritionist Megan Hardy.