The latest diet to make the headlines is advocating just one meal a day. This approach may not suit everyone though, as any kind of fasting does place a gentle stress on the body.
The British Dietetic Association warns people that they may feel hungry on this diet and also may mean that they would be lacking in vital nutrients. On the other hand, the diet offers an easier time without the need for too much food preparation or juicing etc.
Followers of this one meal a day plan should listen to their instincts and eat when they are hungry and make sure they are getting all of the nutrients their body needs.
This shouldn’t be used as an excuse to binge on that one meal, although research suggests that if you fast but don’t necessarily reduce your calorie intake, you can still lose weight. They also aren’t sure as yet how or why this should be.
The inventor of this diet, Dr Van Tulleken, lost 6 stone! He starts his day with a couple of cups of black coffee, then fasts all day and waits till evening before having a large and satisfying meal, without worrying about calorie counting. That way he goes to bed feeling full and contented.
This doesn’t mean that you can binge on pizza and ice cream, but if you stick to healthy eating principles with the occasional treat, you’ll be fine.