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article imageFad diets do work, but experts say it takes serious effort

By Kev Hedges     Jan 12, 2014 in Health
Most people sigh deeply when it comes around to that annual New Years' resolution fad diet regime, but nutrition experts are now saying there is no "magic bullet" for slowing down the world obesity crisis, only serious hard effort.
It is probably what we all expected to hear, while hoping all along that someone may come up with a magic bullet or a diet plan that involves weight loss without any real effort. Sticking to the rigid plans of a fad diet over the long term can be very difficult and with the lion's share of diet plans and resolutions made in January, less than a quarter actually stick with these diet plans because most are so notoriously hard to adhere to.
Doctors and nutritionists that have analysed so-called fad diets are saying they will work providing your resolve remains robust, reports New York Daily News.
Nutrition experts have gathered in London to look at evidence of most of the popular fad diets - right at the very time of year when weight loss plans are in full swing. According to the World Health Organization, obesity across the globe has almost doubled since 1980. Figures taken in 2008, show that more than 1.4bn adults are overweight.
Research dieticians at Britain's University of South Manchester, said that fasting diets, or intermittent diets - can be a success. Diets such as the 5:2 Diet where two days a week are spent virtually fasting, or consuming less than 400 calories on two days per week and eating normally on the other five, can work. But the key to its success is that dieters must not eat excessively on the five days.
Dieticians claim this diet can be successful because energy restriction is difficult to maintain over long periods, and dieters find it easier to follow a plan where intermittent energy restriction is required.
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