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HEALTH


ALCOREXIA / DRUNKOREXIA DIET


CELEBRITY FANS:


It is widely thought that many top models and other red carpet celebrities are fans of this diet.


WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?


It’s when people eat very few calories during the day/week and ‘save’ all the calories they have not eaten then use them to binge drink alcohol.


For example, if you favour a VLC diet (very low calorie) to follow the Alcorexia Diet, you could be banking around 1,500 calories a day, which then gives you 10,500 calories to drink during the week. T is amounts to: •


45 pints of lager with a pint of lager being 2 units, this gives you a weekly alcohol intake of 90 units.


201 shots of spirits gives you a weekly alcohol intake of 201 units.


52 alcopops gives you a weekly alcohol intake of 52 units.


131 glasses of red wine gives you a weekly alcohol intake of 131 units.


• To put this in context, the safe weekly alcohol unit intake is 28 units for men and 21 units for women.


BDA VERDICT: 3


Don’t have a few too many! Following a VLC diet alone is madness, as you will most certainly not be getting the calories, vitamins and nutrients your body needs to survive and function. In addition, you will feel weak, tired, have no energy and could become very irritable. Alcohol has little nutrition other than calories. To avoid food in order to ‘bank’ your calories so you can go a use them on alcohol is absolutely stupid and could easily result in alcohol poisoning and even death.


PARTY GIRL IV DRIP DIET


CELEBRITY FANS: Rihanna and Simon Cowell are reportedly fans of this diet.


WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?


T ese kinds of IV drips were originally used to treat severely malnourished and clinically ill patients. However, people who are feeling run down are paying hundreds of pounds to have a bag of solution (usually around 250ml) injected, usually


including vitamins B and C, magnesium and calcium.


BDA VERDICT:


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You must be a bit of a drip to do this. T ere is very little evidence that this even works in well people. Even if it did, as food and drink contains packages of nutrients then eating food and drinking water or other healthy drinks is preferable to having an IV drip inserted into your body? T is also carries possible side eff ects to such as dizziness, infection, infl ammation of veins and, ultimately, anaphylactic shock!


THE KEN (KETOGENIC ENTERAL NUTRITION) DIET


CELEBRITY FANS:


It is widely thought that many top models and other celebrities are fans of this diet. WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?


T e KEN involves eating absolutely nothing at all. Instead, for ten days per cycle a liquid formula is dripped directly into the stomach via a plastic tube that goes up the patient’s nose and is taped on to their face. At the other end of the tube is an electric pump, which works day and night to deliver two litres of the formula over 24 hours. While on the KEN, dieters can go about their lives as normal but must carry the pump and liquid in a bag or backpack and hang it by their bed at night. T ey are allowed to unhook themselves from the pump for one hour a day and can drink water, tea, coff ee (with no milk, sugar or sweeteners) or sugar-free herb teas with the tube in.


BDA VERDICT:


You KEN not be serious! It is shocking that people are electing to have naso- gastric (NG) tubes inserted in order to lose weight, usually reserved to sick or chronically ill people. Not only that but one of the side eff ects is having to take laxatives because this diet provides absolutely no fi bre! Nice touch!


DUKAN DIET CELEBRITY FANS:


Carole Middleton, Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen are reportedly fans of this diet.


WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?


A complicated four- phase diet that starts off with a ‘no carb/ protein only’ approach that promotes rapid weight loss.


BDA VERDICT:


Dukan not sustain this! T ere is little solid science behind this. T e diet works


on restricting


foods, calories and portion


control. Cutting out food groups is not advisable. T is diet is so confusing, time consuming, very rigid and, in our opinion, so very hard to sustain. Even ex Dr (as of 2012) Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath. T at sounds lovely!


Glamorous images of celebrities saturate our daily media in all forms. T ese celebs have an army of people to help them to keep looking good, which is essential to their livelihood and plenty of money to do whatever they think it takes.


You need to remember too, a lot of these images are airbrushed and retouched to give celebrities an unachievable body image that does not exist in real life, yet many aspire to. Some people look at these images and will try anything they think will help them achieve the ‘perfect’ body.


For more information and tips about healthy weight loss, please visit www.bdaweightwise.com Visit the BDA website at www.bda.uk.com


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