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.
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.
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