Ever been tempted by quick-fix miracle diets or weight loss programmes that promise dramatic results? Check out the 10 diets that just don't work...
10 diets that don't work
Plus, you're bound to get fed-up with cabbage soup (and its side effects) in a matter of days – if not hours!
And while the diet claims you can lose 10lbs in one week, much of this is likely to be water loss.
There is no evidence to support the claim that grapefruits burn fat.
If you do lose weight on this, it's down to a restricted calorie intake rather than some magic property of grapefruit.
While fine for a day or two, fasting is potentially dangerous if done over a period of time, and it doesn't work.
Severely limiting your calorie intake will cause your body to go into starvation mode.
Your metabolism then adjusts to take and store all the calories it can – which means you'll put even more weight on as soon as you eat normally again.
This leads to an unhealthy cycle of binge eating and punishment – the very last thing you want to do.
To lose weight and keep it off you need to develop a normal, healthy eating pattern.
Of course, you'll be too bored to eat crackers but still ravenously hungry – and so likely to go back to your old way of eating.
Extreme detox diets that call for liver flushes, bodily cleanses and even colonics, are likely to do more harm than good.
The body has its own cleansing systems (namely the liver and kidneys) and there's no evidence to suggest that taking a magic powder or potion is of benefit.
The best way to meet your nutritional needs is to eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables – and possibly taking a multi-vitamin and mineral tablet if you feel you could be lacking.
Any other kind of pill or potion won't make any difference to your weight.
Again, eating only one type of food, in this case raw food, is only going to see you crave forbidden foods and lead you back to your former eating patterns.
You need to be able to enjoy what you eat for any diet to work in the long term.
While you will lose weight in the short term, this is likely to be from water, muscle and fat.
As soon as you eat normally again, the weight you regain is likely to be just fat. Weight lost slowly (i.e. a pound or two a week) is much easier to keep off in the long term.
Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.
The best way to lose weight is to cut out sugary and fatty snacks, eat more fruit and veg and take more exercise. It may not be glamorous or exciting, but it works.