If you find yourself inundated with weight loss advice, it’s always best to speak to your doctor.
Here Dr Nick Fuller busts some of the top myths.
The Keto diet
Everyone from Kourtney Kardashian to Halle Berry raves about the Keto diet, yet according to experts, it is ‘the worst diet of the year’.
According to Dr Nick Fuller as the diet is high in fat and low in carbs your body enters ketosis and ‘starts to smell like nail polish remover’.
“A high fat diet as much as 70 per cent is dangerous for our long term health. We should not be cutting out wholegrain carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits. These are protective for our health,” Dr Nick Fuller says.
“These are the ones that prevent diseases such as colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”
According to Dr Nick Fuller counting calories is a ‘complete waste of time’.
“Diet advocates have taught us that we need to count calories in order to lose weight, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” he says.
There are two main reasons for this says Dr Fuller. Firstly, we don’t stick to this for a long period of time. Then secondly, the notion that calories in calories out works is disputable as some foods such as nuts and vegetables, we don’t actually absorb all the calories, so we should eat these foods in larger quantities.
“You may lose weight initially, but you will only put it back on,” he advises.
Going low carb
Dr Nick Fuller advises that low carb diets have a detrimental effect on the body long term.
“Removing wholegrains from your diet puts your body at serious risk,” he says.
“We needs those foods for our health,” he says adding that after a while your body will start to crave carbs as your body needs them for your long term health.
Sugar makes you fat
A lot of diets including Keto, suggest that sugar should be removed completely from your diet, but Dr Nick Fuller is not so sure.
“The sugar free diet became an overnight sensation and advocates will tell you to cut out fruits, honey and maple syrup but these are the very foods that are preventative for your health and will help you on your weight loss journey,” says Dr Nick Fuller.