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The Pioppi diet is based on the traditional Mediterranean diet (minus any of the good stuff). It recommends a low carbohydrate, high fat diet that includes fish, olive oil and fruit and veg. It discourages eating red meat, sweet treats and starchy carbs. The BDA has debunked the diet with Sian Porter stating: “We all know now that a Mediterranean-style diet is one of the most healthy diets to follow. But it’s not low carb.” After all, a traditional Mediterranean diet usually involves eating pasta and rice for every meal. [Photo: Getty]

The celebrity diets to avoid following in 2018

The festive period leaves the wide majority of us feeling like we need to start the new year with a health kick. But jumping on board with one fad diet after another isn’t the solution.

For this exact reason, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has put together a list of weight loss plans to avoid in 2018. With regimes recommended by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian, many unsurprisingly have a celebrity link.

If you’re serious about losing weight, the BDA recommends setting yourself realistic goals (no more than 5-10%), not eating while watching TV to avoid overeating and filling half of your plate with vegetables and the other half with a mixture of protein and starchy carbs like potatoes or rice.

After all, as the organisation’s Sian Porter says: “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

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