While we're currently in the thick of the most indulgent season of the year, our minds will inevitably turn to healthy eating and working out come January. But as The Independent reports, there are a few extremely popular celebrity-approved diets that shouldn't be a part of anyone's New Year's health resolutions.
The British Dietetic Association released a list of diets they caution against trying, despite immense popularity and enticing celebrity testimonials. Topping their list is the ever-popular raw vegan diet, followed by the alkaline diet and the ketogenic diet.
As for the raw vegan diet, which consists of eating nothing that comes from an animal or anything that's been heated to above 118 degrees and boasts followers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Megan Fox, dietitian Sian Porter from the BDA isn't buying it. "People think that vegan is shorthand for healthy, but it requires careful planning to make sure you don't miss out on important nutrients."
The alkaline diet, on the other hand, consists of eating foods that are meant to change the pH balance of your body, although there is "no scientific evidence that this works," writes the publication. Followers include Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, and it usually entails avoiding gluten, refined sugar, and dairy. But the pH of your food doesn't affect the pH of your blood. "So if it works to lose weight, it's because you're cutting down on calories," adds Porter.
Finally, the ketogenic diet is about eating high-fat, medium protein, and very low-carb foods, and is meant to put the body into a state of ketosis in which your body burns fat stores for energy instead of carbohydrates. Kim Kardashian West, Kobe Bryant, and Alec Baldwin have all been linked to it at some point, but Porter is concerned about its practicality. "The sinister thing here is people saying it can cure cancer and things like that—it absolutely cannot," she explains. "While you might lose weight in the short term, it’s very hard to maintain."