Scrap ‘quick-fix diets and tea-toxes’ this New Year
If your New Year resolution is to lose some weight, avoid fad diets, because they don’t work and can be harmful, says NHS England’s top doctor.
Diet pills, “tea-toxes” and appetite suppressant products are no quick fix, says Prof Stephen Powis, NHS medical director.
Products making this claim can have side-effects, including diarrhoea and heart issues, he warns.
Getting in shape safely takes time and requires eating sensibly, and exercise.
As the public gets ready for New Year’s Eve, Prof Powis also warned of the dangers of “party drips” or quick fix hangover cures.
Last year, model Kendall Jenner was hospitalised following a bad reaction to a nutrient therapy IV drip, made up of saline solution, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C.
In extreme cases, regularly resorting to drips for hangover cures can cause nausea, liver damage, or death due to a toxic overdose of vitamin A.
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Prof Powis said: “Miracle hangover cures and quick fixes simply don’t exist, and anyone online who says they do is probably out to make a quick buck at your expense.
“New Year resolutions are a great time to make a change, but the reality is there’s a slim chance of success with diet pills and detox teas – and people could end up doing more harm than good.
“Making New Year goals and shifting a few excess pounds after Christmas can be a good idea, but are much easier to maintain when done gradually and safely.”