The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is urging young women to stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle, as it is a far better approach to weight loss than fad detox diets.
A survey of 200 women by the DAA found more than 60% of women aged 18-24 years have tried to lose weight, and, of those, 1 in 4 had used a fad diet like the lemon detox or the liver cleansing diet..
DAA's spokeswoman, Melanie McGrice, said, "We're urging young women to forget magic powders, awful-tasting drinks and starvation plans, and to be wary of any diet that promises a quick or dramatic results. There is little evidence that detox diets worked. Instead, they could lead to dehydration, fatigue, bad breathe, constipation, dizziness and nausea."
She said, "The best 'detox' is drinking plenty of water, and eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, lean meat, chicken or fish, lower-fat dairy foods and healthy fats."