Give fad diets the flick

A new year is often met with the resolution to lose any additional weight gained over the festive season.

Approximately 61% of Australian adults are overweight or obese (68% of males and 55% of females)1 and it is estimated that 30% are attempting weight loss at any one time,2 hence dieting is commonplace among Australians.

On average we are gaining 0.5kg per year every year,3,4 and while there is no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss, that doesn’t stop the allure of fad diets and their quick-fix promises.

Fad diets are unfortunately not new. In 1820 the Vinegar and Water Diet was made popular by Lord Byron. The Low Carbohydrate Diet first appeared in The Physiology of Taste by Jean Brillat-Savarin in 1825 and was made popular by Dr Aktins in 1972. 

Calorie counting was introduced by Lulu Hunt Peters in her book Diet and Health, With Key to the Calories in 1917.