Every year that passes seems to bring with it a new fad diet, with its clamouring advocates desperate to deprive their bodies of nutrients in some novel fashion. Whilst some of the fads that come along are defensible from a medical point of view, most lie somewhere on the spectrum between pointless and dangerous.
2014, will, just like any other year have a selection of such regimens hitting the headlines. Let's take a look at some of the worst and why you should look to avoid them. One that you won't have to much trouble recognising as ridiculous is the breatharian diet, whereby you look at a plate of food, imagine eating it and simply breathe deeply until you feel full; essentially just starvation with some strange mind games attached as a distracting sideshow.
Another one to be wary of is the gluten free craze. Whilst many people have to eat gluten free as the result of conditions such as celiac disease, for people whom it is not a dietary requirement there is no real evidence to support the supposition that sticking to a gluten free alternatives will help with weight loss.
Another one to avoid like the plague has been dubbed 'alcorexia' and is apparently very popular amongst supermodels. It basically involves following a VLC (very low calorie diet), which, it should be noted, is madness in the first place. To top that off, you take the calories you 'save' by starving your body and then you 'spend' them on getting wasted. Obviously, anyone with a number of brain cells that necessitates the use of the plural form should be able to figure out that this is an incredibly reckless way to live and one that will have severe consequences down the line.
The Dukan diet has a more respectable following and though it can help with weight loss, due to the extreme nature of the programme, that weight loss will be fluid, meaning it can easily be put back on again once you've lost it. It may also be worth pointing out that the man behind the scheme has been banned from practising as a GP.