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Abby says she doesn't think re­stric­tive di­ets are sus­tain­able. ‘They es­sen­tially feed only into the psy­cho­log­i­cal diet cy­cle that in­volves re­strict­ing food, then binge­ing, then feel­ing guilty about binge­ing be­fore re­peat­ing the cy­cle over and over again. Fol­low­ers may lose weight, but it's not sus­tain­able, long term.'

One of Nathalie's main con­cerns is that Dr Gundry bans all grains from his eat­ing plan. ‘There's well­re­searched ev­i­dence that the in­take of whole­grains is not only as­so­ci­ated with bet­ter weight man­age­ment but also lower lev­els of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases such as heart dis­ease and stroke.' The tra­di­tional di­ets of many pop­u­la­tions have con­tained food high in lectins, and they have all en­joyed long, healthy lives. ‘Ex­am­ples are the Sar­dini­ans, whose Mediter­ranean diet con­tains legumes, toma­toes, pasta, dairy and more; the Ok­i­nawans in Japan, who en­joy a tra­di­tional diet of rice, sweet potato and soy; as well as veg­e­tar­i­ans, es­pe­cially a group in Loma Linda, Cal­i­for­nia, whose diet is high in legumes and grains.'

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