A MASOCHIST’S GUIDE TO FAD DIETS

The celebs do it. The ques­tion is, should you? And do these four trend­ing diets ac­tu­ally work? Davelle Lee breaks them down so you can de­cide if the tor­ture is worth it.

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The celebs do it, but should you? We break down the pros and cons of these trend­ing diets.

Most fad diets carry risks, in­clud­ing nu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies, low blood su­gar, in­creased risk of cer­tain can­cers, and eat­ing dis­or­ders. If you in­sist on try­ing one, talk to a doc­tor to en­sure you’re equipped to deal with down­falls and mit­i­gate them as much as pos­si­ble – whether by tak­ing mul­ti­vi­ta­mins on fast­ing days or en­sur­ing that you have ad­e­quate pro­tein in­take to pre­vent mus­cle wast­ing,” cau­tions Bon­nie.

Ke­to­genic Diet

What it is: This diet – de­vel­oped in the 1920s – prac­ti­cally elim­i­nates carbs, al­low­ing them to make up just 5 per cent of your daily calo­rie in­take. That trans­lates to be­tween 90 and 100 calo­ries from carbs. For per­spec­tive, a bowl of white rice is 200 calo­ries.

If you’re new to this, di­eti­tian Bon­nie Lau of dig­i­tal health com­pany Hol­musk sug­gests tak­ing it slow and cut­ting your carb in­take to about a quar­ter of

what you usu­ally eat. That means skip­ping starches like pota­toes, bread, grains, and even fruit. Load up on meat and lots of healthy fat. How it works:

Be­cause you’re con­sum­ing fewer carbs to burn as en­ergy, your body burns fat in­stead. When you’re on this diet, fat gets con­verted into a com­pound known as ke­tones to be used as fuel, says Bon­nie.

Be warned, though: This diet could back­fire on you. You might have trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing, or suf­fer from con­sti­pa­tion. With­out grains and fruit, you might not get enough nu­tri­ents and fi­bre in your diet. To pre­vent this, Bon­nie sug­gests “carb cy­cling”, which means al­ter­ing your carb in­take ac­cord­ing to your needs. So if you’re work­ing out that day, up your carbs.

Even though the type of meat you can eat isn’t re­stricted, go for lean meat. Fatty meat has sat­u­rated fat that in­creases your risk of heart dis­ease.

Skip this if: You have chronic con­di­tions like di­a­betes or you’re on med­i­ca­tion, says Bon­nie. Check with your doc­tor first.

ANGELA GUO SHAN & ALICE CHUA

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